The Value of Gratitude

When I moved to Florida, sight-unseen, from my beloved Colorado, I hated it and vowed I’d never stay. I’ve now loved living here for decades and have created a life beyond what I ever thought possible. How did I shift from hating Florida to loving it? I learned to...

Election Lessons

In the far corner of the storage closet lay a box that sat untouched for decades. It contained my grandfather’s writings, passed down to me for safekeeping. Last month, I began reading them. What a precious discovery! I never got to meet my father’s father; he died...

The Magic of Play

Life can be challenging. Sometimes we’re forced into new experiences whether we like it or not. Truth is, life presents challenges whenever we’re experiencing new things. If you live your life with set routines and a well-formed plan for the future, things can still...

Surf Uncertainty

Uncertain times are always followed by change, which can throw us into a stew of emotions. Grief is common as we’re forced to release familiar footholds. That can trigger memories of long buried losses and magnify our emotions. Hope can energize us to tackle new...

Metamorphosis

Webster’s dictionary defines “metamorphosis” as: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances. We are currently at a crossroads between an old civilization breaking down and a new, more evolved civilization rising. Things look chaotic, but seen...

The Optimist Creed

No matter what you intend for the rest of 2020, it’s smart to include a plan for keeping yourself happy. Sound silly? It’s not; it’s good mental hygiene that promotes health and is vital to creating success in any life arena. Perhaps that’s why my dad joined the...