Self-Development

When I was in third grade, I was waiting for my mother to pick me up outside my elementary school after rehearsal for the school play.  It was winter and it began to get dark.  Despite the fact that...
I recently watched the documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  For those of you who don’t remember Mr. Rogers children’s television show, it sent an important message to children everywhere – that they are special.  Mr....
Knowing when to quit is healthier – and wealthier – then leechlike tenacity. – Martha Beck I’ve had a frustrating couple of weeks.  Lately, I’ve had several interactions with potential new clients, none of which have come to fruition. One potential...
Resentment is a symptom that somewhere, somehow I have compromised myself. – Dushka Zapata I woke up bleary-eyed after yet another bad night’s sleep. It was summertime and life was anything but lazy lately. I felt overwhelmed and had been for...
If you’re hysterical, it’s historical. - Anonymous I had been having problems with my email lately. I dreaded calling technical support, since my experience in the past involved sitting for a long time on hold and listening to someone reading...
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Gandhi I met my friends Brian and Melissa shortly after they got married about twelve years ago. They had a good relationship but they had a recurring fight they...
When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel. - Unknown I was speaking to a friend who confided in me about a house he lost a few years ago. He had been living in an area of the...
A good friend of mine was reeling after a breakup with his serious girlfriend. He confided in me that while still seeing his serious girlfriend, he had met another girl and had started dating her. He told his serious...
If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Maya Angelou Despite my love of travel, I tended to avoid exploring places that required a long flight. Anything more than about six hours on a plane...
Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for happiness in the future. – Wayne L. Misner A few months after my Wise Aunt Bea passed away I was overcome with an incredible desire to completely clean and declutter...
“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” - Albert Schweitzer Giving can take practice. Most of us want to be able to give freely but when...
One day I was coming back from a trip to IKEA with flat boxes of furniture that I had to put together. I live in a high-rise building, so I took a cart from the building’s lobby to load...
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus Its been a long winter. There has been a steady stream of ice and snow storms making the ordinary day take...
  “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington As we move into the holiday season, we’re going to be asked by a lot of charitable organizations to give of our money, time and...
  “Happiness has little to do with what is going on around you, and a lot to do with what is going on inside you.” - Alan Cohen I recently got married. We had a really nice wedding and I enjoyed it...
“Dream and give yourself permission to envision a ‘you’ that you choose to be.” – Joy Page Holidays can be a very happy and connective time for many of us, but they can also produce a fair amount of stress....
While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself. – Douglas Horton When my friend Betsy was fifteen, her mother moved out of the house. Betsy’s parents had a difficult relationship and her mother had wanted to leave for...
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.” – Lin Yutang I admit it - one of the most enjoyable ways to pamper myself is to sleep. On a weekend, when...
  “What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.” – Sanaya Roman Sometimes we forget that life is meant to be enjoyed. Yes, the natural state of being is a joyful and optimistic...