Honesty

We have all been taught from when we were children that “Honesty Is The Best Policy.”  What wasn’t stressed to us then is that we need not only be honest with other people, but we also need to be honest with ourselves. As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself.Continue reading “Honesty”

Does Wisdom Come With Age?

Many people believe that with age, comes wisdom.  The truth is that unless we look at our experiences as we grow older and learn the lesson from these opportunities, we will not gain wisdom.  Sometimes we refuse to accept the lessons offered to us in these experiences.  We may be so prideful, stubborn, or insecureContinue reading “Does Wisdom Come With Age?”

Defeats Can Be Victories

Defeat is defined as “to win a victory over someone or something” but the truth is that even in defeat, we can experience a victory. There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne Sometimes it may take being defeated to recognize the need for us to change for the better.  Sometimes ourContinue reading “Defeats Can Be Victories”

Welcome 2021

Finally, 2020 is over and we are welcoming in 2021!  Let’s receive the new year with positivity and hope for the future.  Let go of whatever baggage you are carrying from 2020 and begin anew. Begin the year in a mindful meditation/journaling exercise where you state your intentions for this new year. Think of allContinue reading “Welcome 2021”

Grateful For Gratitude This Holiday Season (Part 3)

Even if we consistently practice showing gratitude, there will be times that we are in difficult situations.  There are two options to consider whenever life throws us off course: We can ask, “Why is this happening to me?” or we can ask, “How do I use this experience to help me grow and to startContinue reading “Grateful For Gratitude This Holiday Season (Part 3)”

Grateful For Gratitude This Holiday Season (Part 2)

With all that we have gone through these past nine months, it may be difficult to maintain positive thinking, even though we are aware of the emotional and physical benefits.  But science is finding that having gratitude may have an equally powerful effect on our well- being.  There are ways to increase how often andContinue reading “Grateful For Gratitude This Holiday Season (Part 2)”

The Gift of Christmas

One of my favorite Christmas stories is The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry published in 1905.  It is a perfect story of gift-giving, sacrifice, and love that two people have for each other.   The story takes place on Christmas Eve, Della Young discovers that she has only $1.87 to buy a presentContinue reading “The Gift of Christmas”

The Grinch of 2020

One of my favorite books and Christmas movies is How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.  I have so many memories of reading this story to my children as they were growing up and discussing the true meaning of Christmas.   I am sure you know the story. A town called Who-ville and itsContinue reading “The Grinch of 2020”

Equanimity

Equanimity is one of the Four Noble truths of Buddhism.  It means to maintain mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.  I think we can all agree that this year has put our ability of achieving equanimity to the test.  The fact that we are in a global pandemic, has created anContinue reading “Equanimity”

Focus on Others

We put on the news and we are inundated with negativity.  Stories of death and illness, unemployment and homelessness, anger and violence.  Scientists and doctors telling us how important it is for us to control this virus.  Knowing it is the right thing to do, it is still very difficult to heed their advice andContinue reading “Focus on Others”