Scanning social media yesterday and today, I saw a lot of rage, and understandably so, events like these tend to wreck havoc on our hearts and minds, we all grieve and process differently, but what troubles me is how quickly we are to start fighting with one another when we should be lifting each other up.Read More
How many times have you caught yourself saying this to your child? One? One hundred? For myself, I’ve lost count and my son isn’t yet eight months old. It just seems every day this little person gets bigger, smarter and ready to just keep on growing. It’s a constant fear of mine that I will blink and he’ll be in school, I’ll go to sleep and wake up at his college graduation, he’ll go on a vacation with friends and show up married with children and then of course I’ll die. Now clearly I am overreacting but am I really?? So I say it, no I plead it, “slow down” and hope my baby boy will stay a baby just a while longer.
Last week though, when I uttered this over-used phrase I was talking to myself.Read More
Ever get a cold and you wonder, “How did I get this? I wasn’t around anybody sick, I eat right, rest, keep warm, etc.”? Well, sometimes when I get to feel melancholy, it’s the same way. I wonder, “Where did I get this sadness?” I wasn’t around anyone grieving or sick. There were no sad movies or such. Am I just reflecting on the past because I’m getting older or am I looking back at what could have been? Should I have taken those rougher, harder roads?
These “moods” aren’t often (thankfully) but they are very real and when I have a cold or the flu, I think of how I take for granted being healthy. When I get blue, sad, reflective, I think, what does “happy” really feel like? I guess I take for granted the feeling of not being very sad or morose.Read More
Compassion by definition is, “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others”. I don’t quite like this explanation simply for the use of the word “pity”. While pity is not a negative term, it is often looked at that way. People don’t want to be pitied, as it can often feel like the equivalent of being looked down on. But people do seek empathy in others, that genuine feeling that there is someone else in the world that cares, who understands. So, in my world and in my brain, compassion means caring about others, something I feel deeply about.Read More