Keep Calm

We do not have control over the events that are happening in the world around us, but we do have control over the way we react to these events.  We have control over our internal thoughts and external behaviors that can help us to remain calm. Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, butContinue reading “Keep Calm”

Prosperity

Most of us think of prosperity as the type of success that comes from having a lot of money. The Middle English/old French root word, prosperus, simply means “doing well.”  The Latin word also means “fortunate,” and the word prosperity does have a certain element of good luck. Some people connect prosperity to happiness, andContinue reading “Prosperity”

It is OK to Be Not OK

During this extremely difficult time of Covid-19, quarantining, financial insecurity, and political division in our country, it is OK to be not OK.   One breath at a time. One day at a time. Wake up, and be shredded. Cry for a while. Then stop crying and go about your day. You’re not okay, butContinue reading “It is OK to Be Not OK”

Don’t Worry

Many of us have made a practice of worrying.  Even if we know it is not serving us any purpose, we cannot stop worrying.  We think about what happened yesterday and we are convinced it is a sign of horrible things that will happen tomorrow.  To be free from the pain and stress of worrying,Continue reading “Don’t Worry”

Live Inside Out

On any given day, we have a barrage of things coming at us.  It may be people expecting things of us, us expecting things of ourselves, stressful or sad news.  These things may cause us to lash out at whoever or whatever is closest to us.  We may find ourselves getting angry at an innocentContinue reading “Live Inside Out”

Be Happy, Be Happy Now

What is your idea of success? If the purpose of life is to achieve happiness why don’t we make it our practice so that we are guaranteed to attain this? Success is generally measured by the outcome of our efforts, but may I suggest we also measure success by our input.  By doing this, asContinue reading “Be Happy, Be Happy Now”

What Do You See?

How many times do we look at something and not really see it? For example, does your watch have Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, or none at all? What color is your neighbor’s front door?  Don’t peak – just think about whether you’ve ever noticed. Most of us walk around unobservant to almost everything going onContinue reading “What Do You See?”

Just Breathe

For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To do this we need to get into a state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress. What isContinue reading “Just Breathe”

Reminisce

Reminiscing is sharing our thoughts and feelings of our experiences to recall and reflect upon important events of our life. The ability to remember and think about these times helps older adults recall who they used to be in order to help them define their identity in the current moment. The stories of the pastContinue reading “Reminisce”

Our Ego

Our ego is our sense of self-esteem or self-importance. Every one of us has an ego. Some egos are big and some are small.  Our ego will help define who we are and how we relate to other people.  Our ego is vital to our very makeup.  There’s no ego when you’re a ukulele player.Continue reading “Our Ego”