Aug30

Publisher - September 2019

Publisher - September 2019

Kindness gives birth to kindness.  —Sophocles

There are few things on this earth as impactful as kindness. The ripple effect one kind encounter can have is immeasurable. Kindness is a powerful gift you can give every day, all day, and never be empty. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, to both the recipient and the giver.

Although there is no wrong way to be kind, I would say the first rule of kindness is to be kind to yourself. It is difficult to be kind to others when we can’t be kind to ourselves. While we believe other’s cruelty may hurt us the most, it is the unkind self-talk that tears us down one thought at a time. Research professor and bestselling author Brene Brown says, “When we are kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.”

Aug30

Hissy Fit - September 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in a while

Hissy Fit - September 2019

How many times have I heard a teacher, who is encouraging students to speak up, say, “There are no dumb questions”? It’s a great theory, and in a learning environment, has a lot of merit. Allow me to take this theory to a parallel plane, where there still may be no dumb questions, but perhaps dumb choices to whom the questions are being directed. My beef, and what I’m getting at, is parents asking their children questions, which children have no business answering.

I understand the power of giving children age-appropriate options: Would you like to wear the red shirt or blue shirt today? This is probably an appropriate question starting at age 3 or so. But in this day and age of “No Discipline Parenting,” parents are giving too much decision making power to children, who, quite frankly, don’t have the skill-set yet to make those types of decisions.

Jul25

Publisher - August 2019

Publisher - August 2019

From the bitterness of disease, man learns the sweetness of health.  —Catalan Proverb

I have a friend who was “pre-diagnosed,” with cancer, meaning the doctor was fairly certain, but tests were needed to confirm. After weeks of waiting and then a full day of pokes, blood draws, and scans, the results were clear—no cancer! News can hardly get any better than this. It’s like a windfall filled with a second chance at life.

I hate that she had to go through such a scare, but on the bright side, sometimes a scare can be a tremendous motivator. It’s like speeding down the interstate, and surprise, a patrol car pulls out, flips on the blue lights, races to catch up to you… and then passes you to stop the car in front of you—one giant whew!

Jul25

Hissy Fit - August 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in a while

Hissy Fit - August 2019

If you read my publisher’s note on page 14, I alluded to this article being a spin off, which is a first. As you know, I went to the hospital for an excruciating, out-of-character headache recently. I worried I was having a stroke or an aneurism. I don’t get headaches; I’ve never had a migraine, and strokes run in my family. I was scared.

Before deciding to go to the hospital, I toiled with the debilitating pain for almost two hours. I took ibuprofen, put a cold rag on my forehead, closed my eyes, and tried deep-breathing techniques, all with no relief. The pressure pushing against my skull was insurmountable and radiated into my neck. The pain went from zero to agonizing, instantly. And yet, I questioned going to the hospital.

Jun27

Publisher - July 2019

We are on this planet but once, and to spend it holding back our gushing appreciation of the things that light us up is a shameful waste. —Jen Sincereo, Author of You are a Badass

I have a lot to say about being a badass, which come to find out, really has nothing to do with being bad, or being an ass. In fact, I believe those who live the “loudest” are not “loud” at all; the most impactful “badasses” are those who are kind, humble, loving, giving and understanding, even when others are not kind, humble, loving, giving or understanding to them.

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