You make me SO mad!
Posted on July 12, 2012 2 Comments
“You make me SO mad!” she screamed at me through crocodile tears, then she turned on her heels and stomped off. My six-year-old’s words hit a nerve with me. Exasperated by her finger-pointing, I followed her and gently– through gritted teeth– reminded her that it was her actions that had brought down her undesired consequences. […]
Who’s in control here, anyway?
Posted on July 1, 2012 5 Comments
Some of you have probably heard this story (or a version of it) — I first heard it at a twelve-step recovery meeting, but its lesson is so important, it bears repeating: Jimmy was a young caterpillar who lived in a beautiful, lush garden. One day, a caterpillar friend visited from another garden. “Jimmy!” the […]
Keep your raft upright!
Posted on June 21, 2012 8 Comments
I’ve never been whitewater rafting — not quite that adventurous. But I have been on a simple floating raft, and I know one important thing– if you want to keep your raft upright, you need to maintain the proper balance. The weight of the various people on the raft must be distributed evenly. Even a […]
Don’t Settle for the Puddle!
Posted on June 20, 2012 8 Comments
When I am in the middle of difficult circumstances, I want to take the easy path. I want the quick fix, the easy answer, the one-minute cure. I don’t want to work hard — not when I’m hurting so much. And yet, aren’t the greatest rewards in life often behind the highest mountain? When my husband was in […]
Once a soldier, always a soldier
Posted on June 19, 2012 3 Comments
There’s something everyone should know about soldiers — they never stop being a soldier, even long after the uniform is retired. I wish I had known that before I married my husband. Not that it would have kept me from marrying him….a nuclear bomb couldn’t have stopped me back then. But at least I would […]