Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

When you hear this statement, it sounds like you are saying the same thing twice, but you are not.  In raising my children, this was my personal mantra that I followed so my boys always knew they could count on my words being the truth.  If I said it, they knew I meant it, andContinue reading “Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say”

Building Self-esteem

Our self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves and it may be the most influential aspect of our personality on our well-being.  Without having an appropriate view of ourselves, it is very difficult to be a healthy, well-adjusted human being. The many resources and books written on this topic is a good indication ofContinue reading “Building Self-esteem”

Dare to Dream

Dreams have been proven to be crucial for our health – mental, physical, emotional, and psychological.  During this time of COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been faced with challenges we never thought possible.  Even more now than ever, we need to have dreams for the future. Dreams motivate us to accomplish things in our lives. Continue reading “Dare to Dream”

Be Resolved To Find Your Peace

So many of us look to find the “quick fix” to our problems and challenges in our lives.  Truth is, we all need to have resolve – the desire to find the solution to these obstacles.  We need to develop the mindset that things will get better. Throughout history, we can find examples of situationsContinue reading “Be Resolved To Find Your Peace”

Persistence – The Virtue of Never Giving Up

When you are the parent of a toddler, you may not be in agreement that persistence is a good quality.  You can easily bring to mind the times that you have said, “No” to something and that two-year-old kept asking again and again in the hopes that your answer would change.  “Boy is he persistent,”Continue reading “Persistence – The Virtue of Never Giving Up”

Take a Mulligan

For those of you who have never heard of a mulligan before, it is a term most associated with golf.  It is a “do-over,” a second try after your first shot has not gone very well. I would venture to say that every amateur golfer has taken a few mulligans in their lifetime, and thereContinue reading “Take a Mulligan”

The Gift of Giving

This is not exactly the “Season of Giving” yet but I have been very inspired by the generosity I have seen lately.  These difficult times have brought out the best in some people and it has me thinking of the “giving” that occurs on both sides of a gift. Giving to others is really aContinue reading “The Gift of Giving”

Virtues

People who have strong morals are considered to be virtuous, meaning they value honesty, respect, courage, kindness, etc.  These qualities allow us to pursue ideals we believe to be important for our lives.  While morals tend to be affiliated with religion, virtues are not.  Virtues are more associated with a philosophy than a religion.  TheContinue reading “Virtues”

The Elusive Pursuit of Happiness

I don’t think that I am overstating when I say that every human being is on a pursuit of finding happiness in his/her life.  The number of songs, poems, and movies on this topic justifies this statement.  The difference lies in what each person considers happiness and how each go about attaining this goal.  TheContinue reading “The Elusive Pursuit of Happiness”

Learned Helplessness

According to the dictionary, a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed is called Learned Helplessness.  While struggling with the events of our lives, we may start to believe that bad things will continue to happen, no matter what we doContinue reading “Learned Helplessness”