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As Part of the Human Race, We Need to Be Inspired

If we can get individually to a place of self-acceptance, of acknowledgment to ourselves that we’re doing the best we can, in short, if we can be at peace with ourselves, then we can be open to inspiration to grow, to create, to love and to inspire others. […]

Life Perspective: Hope and Happiness

When I write an article about very human problems such as grief, trauma, addiction, marriage failure, loneliness or mental illness, my goal is to encourage you to think about ways to get past those issues, to regain hope for the future when it feels like there’s no hope and to regain happiness when it feels like the unhappiness will never end. You don’t have to stay stuck. […]

Rituals for Celebration and Life

Rituals play an important role in our celebration of important events. The rituals surrounding Christmas and Hanukkah tend to pull like people together and acknowledge that a year has passed. And then there are rituals that simply smooth social interaction and help us in life. […]

Harvest Time—Closing of Life’s Cycles

Little boy with basket of vegetables, isolated on white

At harvest time, my mind inevitably turns to ‘cycles.’ Life is full of cycles, and harvest is the closing of one of them. The harvest cycle begins with an intention, the intention to grow a crop, and it ends with the actual harvest. In between there was soil preparation, seeding, watering, weeding, etc. Seeing the cycle through to completion took work and a lot of patience and simply ‘allowing.’ […]

Chronically Unhappy People vs. Happy People

Chronic Happiness

You and I have experienced people who seem to be stuck in chronic unhappiness. It is as if they had “Victim” tattooed on their foreheads and wore a badge saying, “long-suffering.” There is no question that some of the chronically unhappy people have suffered severe trauma and bad times. But there are other chronically unhappy people who seem to have everything going for them. They may justify their gloom with excuses like, “How can I be happy when some animals are going extinct?” […]