I’ve written before about the importance of running towards healing, instead of away from pain. Pain in itself can be a great source of growth and healing, if we let it. Of course, I am well aware that that’s much easier said than done. No one wants to hurt or be hurt. No one wants to… Read More In the midst of pain, pursue healing
Recently a dear friend came over to my house to catch up. We see each other regularly, but rarely without children or other distractions, so I really relished those precious hours spent sans-children, sipping our hot teas and enjoying the fall evening while we discussed the joys and challenges life had brought to each of… Read More Pain should never be wasted
Most articles or self-help suggestions about phones warn us about the danger of getting so entrapped with our phones or other technology that we miss what’s going on around us. That’s not the whole picture, however. There’s an important piece of the puzzle that is talked about much less frequently.
Well, I finally did it. I finally did the thing I’ve been avoiding for months. I bought an alarm clock for my bedroom. You may think this a superfluous expense. Why not just use my phone as an alarm clock, like the rest of the country does?
A few weeks ago my husband made a comment as I was dabbing on concealer under my eyes after a particularly fitful night. That comment proved to be the inspiration for Tuesday’s article, The War Paint of the 21st century That article was simultaneously one of the easiest and hardest articles I’ve ever written.
A few weeks ago I attended a conference in Tennessee. Throughout the weekend, as I told my story of loss, tragedy, excitement and adventure, I heard one particular refrain over and over again: “you’re so brave.” Every time someone said this, I fought the urge to scoff. I’ve never considered myself brave. I cry in… Read More How I learned to accept my bravery
Last night I heard a wonderful story. I was visiting a friend, and the subject of my recently begun violin lessons came up. He began telling me about a famous violinist in the 1700’s, one of the most famous in the world. Many would say, in fact, that he was the best violinist the world… Read More The challenge of the violinist
It’s easy to tell someone not to worry, but of course it’s much harder to actually put this advice into practice. I’ll admit, when life seems overwhelming and the future uncertain, I myself have a hard time not worrying. It seems to be an innate skill – a knee-jerk-reaction, even – of every human being… Read More If you can worry, you can meditate
In the last few weeks, America has been shredded by hurricanes – first Harvey tore up much of Texas, and then Irma ripped through Florida and the Caribbean. It’s been a time of great sorrow, consternation, and worry. We’ve been inundated with news updates, not just from news channels, but from our friends sharing and… Read More Your worry is a wasted effort
I write a lot about the things I’ve learned as I go through life, how vulnerability has been changing me from the inside-out. They’ve all been true; however, I think I might be giving a slightly skewed perspective overall. It’s easy to think, when reading my blog, that vulnerability comes easily for me. That openness… Read More Freedom in the journey