Managing to be compassionate, even with difficult people.
Figuring out how to exert some measure of control over your world.
#34: Talk to yourself – your future self.
It’s Suicide Prevention Week. How can we prevent it if we’re reluctant to even talk about it?
What do you do when you feel “Fragile”? Or is that even the right word for it?
What do you do when your instinct to give to others runs into your instinct to care of yourself?
I’ve written before about the power of a sincere apology, but something that happened recently reminded me of how much I can still learn. Watching all three of you is often fun, but dealing with your behavior after school can be a particularly challenging time. I get it – you have to wake up early, […]
The things I could do with the number of hours I’ve wasted…
It’s now the “holiday” season, which seems to encompass the entire quarter between the beginning of October through the end of the year. Costco had their Christmas trees up before Halloween (short changing my favorite holiday, hrmph) and it seems the holiday music shows up on the radio earlier and earlier. (We might not be […]
Happy Thanksgiving! This is why I’m thankful for Donald Trump.
#17: What’s stopping you from taking that bow? (i.e. How waiting to be rewarded doesn’t always work.)
My heart is so heavy. The news that a gunman – whose name I will not repeat, since it deserves to be stricken from history and turned into dust – killed more than 50 people and injured more than 500 hit me like a sack of bricks. How do I explain it to you? How do I explain it to myself?
Yesterday, after picking you up from preschool, you seemed oddly reticent to talk about your day. I’ve grown accustomed to the tornado of words from the backseat, your eyes trying to meet mine through the rearview mirror on our drive home. You’re normally eager to share both the exciting and the mundane. But yesterday you […]
#15: Out of the promises you make, which are the most important?
Is who you are a fixed quantity?
A couple of weeks ago I was having a harder time than I normally do in keeping up with life and holding my head above water. That was, in part, due to the fact that I was visited by a feeling. (A feeling whose exact nature I won’t divulge, but he was quite green). The […]
“I don’t like change, daddy!” Trying to habituate myself to a life of constant flux.
Have you ever watched a flock of birds? In particular, those of starlings? Here is an example if you haven’t: It’s utterly mesmerizing to watch isn’t it? Part spectacle, all grandeur. What’s uniquely amazing is that there is no particular leader of the group you can observe. Each individual bird has to figure out where […]
#2: One powerful thing you can change that you might not be aware of…
Our bellies are full, now what? #6: Make Gratitude a Habit
It’s tiring to keep up with you, sometimes. Your energy can be wound so tight, brimming with tension and hype that I can see your molecules vibrating in place like a hummingbird. But what your body is doing and what your brain is doing aren’t always in sync. At this age so much of your energy is […]