To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective

I was walking along the beach the other day doing what so many of us do—thinking about the things in my life that I want to fix—when I noticed a crooked Christmas tree someone had planted in the sand. The tree was leaning far to the left and had an uneven shape. I wasn’t inContinue reading “To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective”

The Live in Peace Challenge

We often use the epitaph “rest in peace” when referring to those who have died. It’s a lovely thought, and one I think we should extend to the living. What if “live in peace” was what we all wanted for ourselves and for others? Live in Peace If “live in peace” guided our actions, whatContinue reading “The Live in Peace Challenge”

The Warm Hearth

A warm hearth is a shelter, a place that draws us in, invites us to sit a while.   Its humble strength allows us to come together, to see each other in a softer light.   It is here, at the hearth, that we come home to each other and to ourselves.   As theContinue reading “The Warm Hearth”

Solving Conflict in Relationships

Have you ever inadvertently hurt a loved one with your words? Me, too. Sometimes we act out of frustration, or we’re tired, or irritated by a loved one’s behavior. And when we address the situation, we only make things worse. Nobody’s going to get it right all the time, but there’s a way to vastlyContinue reading “Solving Conflict in Relationships”

Nine: A Tribute to the Children I Would Have Raised

    One. Would have been my parents’ first grandchild. Two. Gabrielle. A girl.   Three. I didn’t tell anyone about him until he was gone. I thought it would be less painful for everyone. It wasn’t.   Four. She would have been born in May, my favorite month. Five. He’d be turning 22 now, doneContinue reading “Nine: A Tribute to the Children I Would Have Raised”

You Are Not Broken

When I hear people say that we’re all broken, I think about the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The misfit toys—all unwanted because of their imperfections—live on an island, away from the rest of the toys. They wait on the island  until their ruler finds a child who will loveContinue reading “You Are Not Broken”

Do No Harm, Not Even To Yourself

My favorite people are those who consider the impact of their words and actions before speaking, writing, or taking action. They use their words to support and heal. They act in ways that reflect how deeply they care for others. And they use a light hand with those they love. It’s how they operate inContinue reading “Do No Harm, Not Even To Yourself”