Larry’s been visiting more often lately. But he’s not what I expected him to be. He doesn’t grin from ear to ear or skip down the street. He’s more contentment than carnival clown, more acceptance than ecstasy. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s got something to do with aging. People of age ... Continue Reading »
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Like so many people, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams. Ever since he na nu, na nu’ed his way into our hearts as Mork from Ork, he’s been making us laugh, think and cry. He played characters that projected incredible optimism and insight. As a great actor, he knew how to project ... Continue Reading »
June 18th, 2014
We ALL want rock solid self confidence, but what is it and where does it come from? Here are some of my current thoughts on confidence. I don’t see myself as confident. Most of my life, I’ve attempted things I didn’t feel equipped for, but I tend to put my head down and go for ... Continue Reading »
April 8th, 2014
“For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” ~ Jonathan Rausch I’m pleased by the recent interest in introverts; both because I AM one and because it’s helped to dispel some myths about introverts. Being an introvert is ... Continue Reading »
“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~ Ivanla Vanzant There’s a funny scene in the Ben Stiller movie, Meet the Fockers. He takes his future in-laws to meet ... Continue Reading »
Well I went and did it. My kids begged me not to, nodding their heads in disbelief that I could do such a thing to them. My husband encouraged me to give it a try. As he does with most things. Sometimes this is great, sometimes it just isn’t. I wasn’t sure how this one ... Continue Reading »
August 29th, 2013
Most people like hearing praise but some people bristle when they hear compliments and others downright hate them. What is it that determines whether someone enjoys receiving compliments or whether they turn sour at the first hint of positive feedback? Compliments and Self-Esteem More often than not, how receptive we are to compliments is a ... Continue Reading »
In the Dave Matthews song, Jimi Thing, he’s feeling a little lost. In his search he says, What I want is what I’ve not got. And what I need is all around me. We suffer so much because we confuse needs and wants. We confuse needs and wants because we confusing being with having. We ... Continue Reading »
During the week I found a drawer in our house that I’d never noticed before. It had 5 eggs and an envelope with $1k in it. I asked Meg if she knew about it. She told me that every time I give a poor speech she puts an egg in the drawer. I said to ... Continue Reading »
It was one of those wet blustery days where if you own a pair of purple patent faux leather boots, you must wear them. I like purple, and I like shiny. Nobody loses when one wears such boots on a grey afternoon. So our family and my boots dashed in the rain from our car ... Continue Reading »
Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote about “staying in the middle” in Leap. In the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right ... Continue Reading »
Your face tells the story of your life; your changing body is a history of incredible experience. Wrinkles are character lines, scars a gallery of adventure. Stretch marks map your life journey, love handles tell a love story. Appreciate your changing body, love your evolving story, and see the big picture. It all fits together.
Shout it in your best Gloria Gaynor voice- I am what I am And what I am needs no excuses I deal my own deck Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces. There’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit One life so it’s time to open up your closet Life’s not worth a ... Continue Reading »
What’s your relationship with validation and praise? Do you seek it, sidestep or dismiss it? And what’s the relationship between praise and ego? Give the ego a fish, and you feed it for a day. Give the ego a fishing rod, and it will happily fish for compliments for a lifetime. It’s like feeding a ... Continue Reading »