Archive for personal challenges

Father’s Day: I see you differently now

I needed a poke in the back.  I always thought my father’s lack of attention was benign. However, my dad never said, “I love you,” and rarely interacted with us. After work he’d head to his bedroom to eat and watch the Mike Douglas Show alone. But really, compared to addiction, womanizing or cruelty, my […]

Pumpkin picking message: “I got this”

When my inner world gets crowded with hobgoblins (and they’re coming in from all sides these days), I know that, just like the season, this, too, will pass.  Meanwhile, be a positive force for others. Create present good. Go pumpkin picking.  We need a mental health break. At a U-pick farm, we march into orange […]

Getting along: stick to first person

Here’s a novel thought for getting along.  Let’s stop the name-calling and making assumptions about each other’s character.  No good comes from labels like “deplorables,” “baby killers,” or “socialists.”  Sure, it’s on TV all the time where our mommies and daddies of political leadership set a bad example, but let’s be the kids who decide […]

Your Life’s Purpose: Joy is Enough

“What is my purpose?”  The question is special when you sidestep the great abyss, like I did, surviving a cancerous lung tumor. I recovered fully during pandemic isolation, a big helping of time to ask, “And that happened because…?” I examined my reason for existence.  Find a cancer cure?  End world hunger? Create a global […]

Love in the time of Covid: Nurture Self Discovery

Like anyone who has ever lived  (I’ll exclude Jesus and Buddha), I get so annoyed when obvious solutions (to me) are not followed. I’m not alone. Fingers pointed across both sides of the chasm, “It’s YOUR fault for (fill in the blank).” Then I’ll read something that puts me in my place, like this little […]