A Lesson It’s Easy to Forget!

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How could this have happened?  How can he be ahead of me?  He was so far behind, and now he’s caught up and passed me? I feel terrible.  I am a failure.  Maybe I should just give up. Have these thoughts ever rushed through your mind?  That sense that compared to someone else, you haven’t done as well? I just heard about another writer who has gotten a book deal.  …
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What You Can Learn From A Pre-Teen Girl

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In the backseat pocket a book title caught my eye:  A Smart Girl’s Guide to Knowing What to Say (by Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini).  Curious and perhaps concerned that my nine-year old granddaughter was already being asked to mute her own voice, I reached for the book.  What I discovered was interesting and enlightening.  Some wise person had written multiple choice quizzes and straight up advice to help …
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Where Are You Putting Your Attention?

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Easter weekend my grandchildren came to visit.  It was a glorious spring weekend, trees sprouting tender greens, redbuds in pink and tulips of every color imaginable from palest yellow to deep purple.  We picnicked on the hillside in dappled shade and for a moment all seemed at peace with the world.  The Cheekwood Botanic Gardens were in bloom!  I embraced it all!  YIPPEE! The next day, we went to the …
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Accepting Graciously

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Do you love that feeling of doing for someone else?  Helping a co-worker find information?  Taking soup to an elderly neighbor?  Giving directions to someone who’s lost?  It re-enforces our belief that we are strong, capable, thoughtful, generous and caring.  What a bargain. When we give to others we get back so much in return! Yet for some of us, it feels uncomfortable to be on the receiving end and …
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How to Escape the Trap of Absolutes

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This bed is too hard.  This bed is too soft.  But this bed is just right. Recently, I lost an engagement to another consultant.  Never mind that I had mixed emotions about working with the company.  There were lots of good reasons I was better off not working with them.  But I was, nevertheless, brought up short by their choosing someone else. Part of me was hurt, another part wanted …
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