There’s a quote by Joseph Campbell that says “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” I love this quote because it’s so spot on the truth about what fear is. Fear literally keeps us from all the good things in our life if we allow it. We fear failure. We fear rejection. We fear being told no. We fear being shunned, ridiculed or laughed at. We even fear fear itself. Fear can keep us in a stranglehold if we let it. Continue reading
In life it’s really the little things that bring us the most joy. It’s not the big things at all like one would think. It’s not the big house, the expensive car or the vacation to an exotic island. Instead, it’s the smile on your child’s face when they excitedly show you the artwork they created. It’s the supportive text from a dear friend that comes right at the exact time it’s needed with the exact words that are needed. It’s having your husband tell you he still looks forward to coming home because of you, even after 30 years together. It’s having your dog get excited when you come in the door, even if you were only gone for an hour. In the madness of our everyday life we must stop and appreciate those little things despite all the craziness going on around us. We must find joy amidst the chaos. Continue reading
Patience. That word was the bane of my existence for many, many years. Why? Because I had NONE. I was so far in the negative for patience it wasn’t even funny. I used to say that when they were handing out patience I didn’t even get in that line. I stood in other lines repeatedly, like the impatience line and the negative line (I kept getting back in line for this one–I have no idea why). I felt like I stood in all the wrong lines. Continue reading
Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life you’ve no doubt heard the song “Auld Lang Syne”. It’s traditionally sung on New year’s Eve to ring in the new year. You’ve probably sung that song many times and never given a second thought to what exactly those three words mean. Continue reading
As children the greatest thing ever is to get up on Christmas morning and run to the tree to see all the presents that Santa has left for us. We stop in the doorway and drink in every bit of Christmas morning before tiptoeing into the room. We’re mesmerized by the mountain of gifts and stockings full of trinkets and candy. We wonder how in the world Santa can deliver presents to all the children in the world in just one night. Surely, he MUST be magic. What other explanation can there be?
Years ago there was an ongoing skit on Saturday Night Live about a character named Stuart Smalley. Stuart hosted his own self-help TV show called “Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley.” Stuart was a man who had low self-esteem stemming from his dysfunctional family and he belonged to many different support groups, some of them being fictional. His mission was to help others feel good about themselves through sharing his own experiences in life. Continue reading