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Running On Empty

I think we can all relate to what it is like to be running on empty—when we find ourselves not being able to do more, give more, be more—when we realize there is no more left of us to give. We give, do and are, and in the process forget to feed and renew our giving, doing, and being. I encounter this kind of emptiness more often than I would like. I understand some things in life we have no control over, but most of the times we make either a conscious or an unconscious choice to keep going without refueling. We know we need to refuel, but we don't say no, we don't stop, we don't take care of ourselves and run out. I only recognize that I am empty when I start feeling resentment, frustration

Loving Yourself

I was given a copy of this poem by someone very close to me because he thought I would enjoy it. He was right! I have thoroughly enjoyed this poem and I have read and reread this poem since I received it and want to share it with you. Maybe we can learn a lesson or two from Charlie Chaplin! I suggest you read the poem through quickly the first time. The second time, read it slowly and out loud to your self. The third time, read it slowly to yourself stopping after each paragraph to give yourself time to think about what the words mean to you, personally. We would like to hear your thoughts about this poem, please leave your comments below. (attributed to) Charlie Chaplin on his 70th b

The "What If?" Resolution

What and If, two small common words, put them together and they form an overwhelming question, What if? A question that everyone has asked themselves sometime, perhaps many times, throughout their lives. This question can cause regrets; "What if I had spent more time with them?", "What if I thought more before I did that?" This question can bring hope; "What if I start doing things differently?", "What if I let go of my fear?". This question can wrap us up in a cocoon of fear and anxiety; "What if they don't like me?", "What if they leave me?" What if......you can fill in this sentence with almost anything and the results can be mind boggling. The world in my mind can be amazing, When I thin

We Have to Go Through It!

One of my youngest daughter's favorite books is “We Are Going on a Bear Hunt.” The premise of the book is a family going on a bear hunt. As they walk to find the bear, they encounter many obstacles—a forest, mud, river—and they always say: “We can't go over it, we can't go under it, oh, no, we have to go through it!” I always thought that was good advice for many situations in life, including fear. Fear is a primary emotion: we are wired to feel fear in order to protect ourselves when we see danger coming, it is a basic survival mechanism. At at the bottom of fear is our vulnerability to danger. We feel fear when we think we are vulnerable—from being physically hurt, to getting sick, to bein