Mind

  • Stopping To Help

    The traffic light turned yellow as I inched into the intersection, positioned to turn left once the line of oncoming rush-hour traffic finally stopped.  I watched the light turn, and then made my move.  As I pressed on the gas, the compact car at the front of the line suddenly accelerated to run the red light – hitting my turning car. Oh, ...

    Posted at June 21, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • Facing Facts

    When crisis comes, do you look it in the eye?  Can you recognize it for what it is? Shortly after September 11, 2001, a dear friend admitted that – after hearing the news – she climbed into bed and pulled the covers over her head.  I am sure she was not the only one who reacted that way. Identification and acceptance of reality is an important sign of good mental health.  This is particularly important when it ...

    Posted at May 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Vacation That Wasn’t

    Three years ago my primary client had a personnel change late in the spring.  Since summer was their busiest time of the year, I decided not to take vacation.  I wanted to be there for my new client to help him through the maze of processing and planning. That was a very bad idea. Without the refreshment that comes with dedicated family and relaxation time, I began to feel mentally drained.  I grew tired of the grind. Fortunately, as ...

    Posted at May 17, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Press Harder

    Yesterday I was driving through the verdant back-roads of spring in North Carolina.   There were no mountains, but hills high enough for beautiful vistas as we arrived at the crest.  However, I was reminded of one of my pet peeves. My father taught me to drive, and I implemented – and still use – a number of his lessons.  One was to always press the accelerator more when going up a hill in order to maintain a consistent speed.  ...

    Posted at May 10, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Lightning Strike

    We can be sitting, enjoying the day or working hard, and lightning strikes.  Not literal lightning, but a sudden and shocking occurrence.  This is not like the fog of a Pollen Storm.  A lightning strike is clearly defined.  Each of us decides, whether consciously or subconsciously, our next move. A clear example of this took place during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship run.  Duke played Louisville for a chance to go to ...

    Posted at May 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Pollen Storm

    Spring has arrived!  The season of flowers and tiny green leaf buds does not come slowly here, in North Carolina.  Instead, the pollen comes suddenly, with a layer of yellow blanketing the outside world within a day or two.  Cars often have a smeared rear window and everyone is low on windshield washer solution. I had to go out two ...

    Posted at April 26, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Hierarchy of Needs

    We may all agree that there are different levels of needs in our lives.  It is likely that we take the most fundamental ones for granted, like air or potable water.  After that, there may not be a clear-cut way to rank our needs, but there are theories worth examining. In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed a psychological theory that is now known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  My introduction to this ...

    Posted at April 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Let’s Talk About Money

    There is no way around it, money is central to our economy and modern existence.  Even if we live on a self-sufficient farm, that is not enough to participate in the 21st century.  These days, farmers in remote areas of China have cell phones that help them communicate with markets.  Entrepreneurs and the self-employed need to be tapped into the products we buy, such as the computer you are using right now. Money is not a ...

    Posted at April 12, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 3 Comments
  • Life Is Not Fair

    Years ago my daughter invited a friend for a sleep-over.  The girl’s mother would not let her come because it wouldn’t be fair.  “Her brother doesn’t have anyone to sleep over tonight.”  Of course, fairness is nice, but requiring it is an impossible way to live.  After the failed sleep-over, I made it a point to say “life isn’t fair” at every appropriate moment to both of my kids.  I did not want them to ...

    Posted at March 29, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 8 Comments
  • When Peace Comes

    Two weeks ago my family suffered a loss that was hard, though not unexpected.  Seven years after a diagnosis of dementia, my father-in-law peacefully slipped away with family at his side.  I had the privilege of being with him and would like to share some of my thoughts. Although Bob was never an entrepreneur, he was a successful business man – an insurance executive.  There was much to admire about his career.  He was always on ...

    Posted at March 22, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
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