Spirit

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Gift of Discipline

    It should be no surprise that discipline is important to me.  We’ve looked at the discipline to act, to wait, to form habits.  Discipline is a mind-set ...

    Posted at February 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Other Side of Discipline: Focused Waiting

     You will never see more focused waiting than dogs, sitting quietly, watching the hand that is about to feed them.  Of course, to do this, they have to have been trained well. Maybe humans need better training.  It can be hard to be patient, even if we know we will end up ...

    Posted at February 1, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Value Of Commitment

    There is no better time to talk about commitment than the week of my 25th wedding anniversary.  Love is not the only thing that has gotten us this far – commitment has played an essential role!  My relationship with my husband has grown and flourished over time because we invest ...

    Posted at January 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Lean In to the Chaos: Get Organized

    Life can be hectic! As a small business owner, or new entrepreneur, the stress can become too much at times! Productivity can drop to a dangerous level. Here are a few steps I use to help me get back on track:   #1 – Clean up When mentally stuck, a good clean-up will ...

    Posted at December 28, 2012 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
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