Self-Development

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...
Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs. – Henry Ford When a friend of mine had her first child, she felt completely overwhelmed by the concept of taking care of another human being for the...
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Buehler I’m taking the day off. I really need one. Or two or three. I seem to reach this...
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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...
People who are ‘brutally honest’ are more interested in brutality than in honesty. – Alan Cohen Every now and then a new attorney reaches out to me and asks for career advice. I am always happy to help, since mentoring...
People don’t cry when they lose their hope, they cry when they get it back. – Martha Beck My friend Lisa’s husband died suddenly. Due to her husband’s passing, Lisa had to sell her house, buy a new one, switch...
This was originally published on Lipstick and Politics, HERE. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Seuss At one point in my life, I was...
You empower what you fight. You withdraw power from what you release. - Alan Cohen Panic attacks can seem as if they come out of nowhere, without any warning. There is no obvious logical connection between a panic attack and...
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” - Ram Dass The benefits of meditation are getting a lot of press lately. No longer viewed as a carryover from 1960’s hippie culture, meditation has been steadily finding new followers...
“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...
  “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...
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. - Emily Dickinson Patience is not a virtue of mine. When I set a goal, I work hard to make it happen. If too much time passes without results...
  “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...
Tell yourself a life story in which you, the hero, are primarily a problem solver rather than a helpless victim. – Martha Beck I had been betrayed by a colleague. I told him in confidence that I was looking for...
  “The inferior teacher tells you that something is wrong with you and offers to fix it. The superior teacher tells you that something is right with you and helps you bring it forth.” - Alan Cohen When I was in...