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setbacks and days of fog

  This is not an exercise in failure. There is a subtle but important difference between experiencing our mistakes and living with setbacks. Failure feels permanent. It burdens our soul. Setbacks, on the other hand, although we bear the same impact, do not produce the...

words of courage on a dark morning

  Darkness is slowly overcoming all semblance of light. The world seems hopeless. The darkness and gloom, deep within our minds, is in a bloody and destructive battle for our souls. As the weather gets colder and the darkness gets longer, we must remember, more than...

staying afloat in society’s negative sewer system

  Monday. A glorious new day. A beautiful new beginning. A new promise. A possibility of a new life. I won’t lie to you, that I don’t approach my Monday’s with a little bit of pragmatic caution, or my Friday’s with a little bit of hopeful optimism. I admit that I am...

life is not fair you said

  Life is not fair, you said. You finally stopped talking, for a moment, and you pondered the futility of your situation. You lovingly gazed into my eyes, searching for an answer, but instead you found munificent silence. Not the, I told you so kind of silence. Nor...

the glass half-full, half-empty debacle

  The glass may be half full, but it sure as hell ain’t half empty! Reading the Ben and Rosamund Zander incredible book, the Art of Possibility, I realized recently that this seemingly age-old example, that so clearly divides the pessimists from the optimists, is...

be kind to yourself instead

  Somewhere between love and hate is the forgotten realm of kindness.  It is an old and noble kingdom that is often ignored and definitely taken for granted.  We often pass it by, on our way to wage war with ourselves or each other. Running back and forth between...