Practicing Gratitude

November 17, 2017

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brené Brown. This quote really speaks to me as we head into our country’s special day to pause and give thanks. First, it reminds me that happiness is found not only in the […]

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Who Do We Appreciate?

November 10, 2017

Every one of us knows someone who could use a little extra love and appreciation right now. For that matter, there isn’t a person reading (or writing) this who probably wouldn’t mind a little extra love and appreciation as well. We are hard-wired for connection, and while the nature of that connection shifts throughout the […]

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Celebrating Resilience

November 3, 2017

The American Psychological Association defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, loss, or significant sources of stress. These include family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. It means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult and trying experiences. This definition of resilience, as you […]

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A New Take on Trick or Treat

October 27, 2017

This upcoming week, in many parts of the Western World, people will be answering their doors to find children dressed as ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and other assorted characters. While the costumes will all be different, the greeting will be the same, no matter the language: “Trick or treat!” As I reflect on this Halloween greeting […]

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The Burden of Untold Stories

October 20, 2017

“What I am about to tell you, I have never told anyone else before.” Over the last thirty-five years in my work as a psychotherapist I have heard those words more times than I can remember. Each time as I listen to the revelation that follows, I remember, once again, what a sacred honor and […]

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The Power of Our Beliefs

October 13, 2017

Today is Friday the Thirteenth, a day that for centuries has been surrounded by irrational beliefs and superstitions. Here are a few I discovered when I looked into the history of this day: *If a funeral procession passes you by on this day, you will be the next person to die. *If you cut your […]

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The Powerful Draw of Love

October 6, 2017

I had the chance to visit the town of Assisi, Italy last month and I continue to be inspired by what I experienced. Five million people visit this small town in the Umbria region of central Italy, which is all the more remarkable because of its relatively remote location. We (my wife and I) rented […]

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Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional

September 29, 2017

This past week I had the honor of facilitating a men’s retreat. Those of us who gathered for this event were all in the second half of our lives and so the theme for the retreat was especially relevant: “Maintaining Wellness in the Midst of Change and Transition.” Author Richard Rohr writes about how the […]

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Campaigning vs. Governing

September 22, 2017

Often when a politician wins an election after running for office for the first time, we hear some version of the following, “They are now discovering the difference between campaigning and governing.” The point is of course that governing—working to get things changed—is usually much more difficult than proclaiming a vision for change while on […]

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Time Waits for No One

August 25, 2017

  Do any of us really need reminders that time passes so quickly? I think it would be hard for any of us to deny the signs of time passing that  are all around us everyday. There are three specific reminders that I am particularly aware of this week come. The first has to do […]

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