As I’m writing this I’m watching both of my kids dangle from harnesses thirty feet in the air. While they’re fixed on conquering the rockwall, I’m fixed on all the ways this could go wrong. “They’ve done this 1,000 times. Stop worrying about what could go wrong and love a … [Read more...] about The Weight of Worry
I walked out of the hospital tears stinging my eyes. I was exhausted mentally and emotionally and I had only visited for a little over an hour. After staying with my Mom in the hospital all weekend I felt 100% of all of the symptoms of burnout return. Tired when I … [Read more...] about Recurring Burnout: Reclaiming Hope
The Memories of December Recently my wife’s mother passed away. We had just celebrated her 100th birthday only three weeks earlier. It was a wonderful celebration of her life. She was content, alert, appreciative, and felt surrounded by the love of her family. All of her … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Turn Sorrow into Joy This Christmas Season
There was a time, as embarrassing as this is to say, that I really thought I had everything figured out. Seriously. I was absolutely certain I was right about most things. My thinking was infected with SHOULDS– rigid, harsh, judgmental shoulds that served as a breeding ground for … [Read more...] about The Problem with Certainty
One of my favorite movies growing up was Swiss Family Robinson. There is a scene in the film where the eldest son, Fritz, finds himself in a river wrestling an anaconda. Rolling over and under, again and again, knife in hand, Fritz struggles to conquer the massive snake. … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Get Over It?
Self-care is not a new concept. I know that I need to take care of myself in order to take care of others. So, why is it that the things I need to do to accomplish this, always get put on the back burner? Am I ignoring the importance of self-care? Think about it, if you have a … [Read more...] about Self-Care: We Cannot Pour From An Empty Pitcher