Food for Thought

To Make Judgments … or Not

image courtesy of  chibirdWhen we make judgments against others,  we think,  or would like to believe,  that we are better,  know better, or would do better than them.  Or we feel “less than”:  not as good, smart, talented, pretty, etc.  as another – in which case, we may take that out on ourselves – or feel compelled to find something wrong with the person that “makes” us feel that way.

In my life, I have made my share of judgments.  When I was younger I was more judgmental of others.  As I got older,  I experienced making judgments against myself.  I can’t remember a time in either case, in any scenario, or for whatever the reason, that I felt better afterwards.  In fact, I usually felt worse.  This is who judging serves:  NO ONE read more…

Life Lessons from a Home Remodel

ID-10062858Recently, we had quite a lot of remodeling done in our house. It was mostly cosmetic, as opposed to construction, but still, it was a mess – and it was happening in every room of the house simultaneously!   One day, I managed to clear away about a square foot where I could work at the kitchen counter. As I looked around at all the dust and disarray, I realized there are a lot of similar things to think about in remodeling one’s life as there is in remodeling one’s home. read more…

Who’s Controlling You?

A couple of weeks ago I was having breakfast with a good friend.  She told me about a recent hard time she had with her 5-year-old son.  He had stayed for an afterschool program for the first time, and had, had a very long day.

 Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netShe figured he would be hungry and tired (i.e. more needy, less self-controlled) when she picked him up – and she was right!  To make for a perfect storm of a parent-child struggle she also was hungry and tired (i.e. more demanding, less patient).  Can you already see what’s coming?  I know!  (Note:  this article is not about parenting, so even if you don’t have kids, please keep reading) read more…

Maintain the Will to Doubt

I was sitting in my favorite class in college, Philosophy 101 – subtitled critical thinking.   I was listening to my professor describe everyday life situations where one person takes the word of another without question, or follows the crowd without question.   I didn’t know I was learning one of the best life lessons I would ever learn:  to “maintain the will to doubt.” read more…

All Different – All the Same

In my last post I spoke about sometimes feeling separate from others because of our apparent differences, but this time I want to talk about realizing our sameness among the differences.  There is a Swiffer commercial out right now that features an inter-racial couple and their kids cleaning the house together – the husband/dad has lost half an arm to cancer.  Just looking at them, there are pretty big differences within their own family.  I was drawn to this because it seemed so real, so unscripted, and so positive.  It turns out they are a real family.  In an interview I saw they talked about how they often get asked about being married to someone from a different race.  The wife said, “We’re all humans. We talk about race . . . read more…

Love Them Anyway . . .

20130818_103055I enjoy following politics – I like being informed and knowing who the “players” are that are running our country.  It was something that I shared with my Dad before he died:  I enjoyed the intellectual conversation, debate, and the way he challenged my convictions.  Plus, I realized that, when you follow what’s happening closely, it’s as entertaining – and slightly as frightening – as any good dramatic movie! read more…

Intentions, Resolutions, and Goals… Oh my! (part 2)

 image courtesy of papaija 2008 / FreeDigitalPhotos.netHave you given some thought to what your New Year’s resolution will be? First, let’s cut out the “New Year’s” part, because although the changing of the year brings a nice, seemingly natural time to think about these things, it’s only the right time for you, if you are ready to take action.  A resolution is in no way confined to January.  You can make intentions, resolutions, and goals for yourself and your life any day of the year!  Looking at what these words mean and how to use them, can give you a better understanding of how to approach the change you are setting about to create. read more…

Intentions, Resolutions, and Goals… Oh my! (part 1)

image courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.netThis is the time of year when you hear a lot about intentions, resolutions and goals. Frankly, it’s easy to tune out the whole notion because the words become so overused and even almost cliche. And, afterall, who really keeps their resolutions, anyway, right? Most people give it little attention and throw out something in conversation that they want, but haven’t given it a lot of heartfelt, conscious thought. And so it doesn’t stick. read more…

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