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Generally speaking, I'm a person who doesn't take unnecessary risks just for thrills. This isn't because I'm scared of such activities, but because they simply don't hold a lot of appeal for me. Thrill-seeking just isn't my thing. I'm not interested in bungee jumping, BASE jumping, or skydiving. I wouldn't be excited to walk the… Continue reading Lions and Elephants and Hippos…oh, yeah!
Maybe it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's because my social circle has widened in recent years. Whatever the reason, I'm more aware every day of how much suffering there is in the world, particularly physical disease and death. Of course there has been death and disease in our world since that episode with the serpent… Continue reading Letting Go of Our Earthly Tents
I try not to share too many personal stories on this blog, not because I want to hide anything, but because I want the focus of my posts to be on practical, useful information and tips. But I also want to offer encouragement, and I'm hopeful that this story will do just that. It was… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Relapse
Although so far on this blog, I've generally used photos of nature, on this post I couldn't resist using this picture from one of my top ten favorite books of all time, Ramona and Her Father. Poor little Ramona is sitting by herself, already feeling forlorn, when she catches a glimpse of herself reflected in… Continue reading Cognitive Distortions: When Your Thoughts Don’t Reflect Reality
I didn't intend to take the whole month off from writing, but here we are on December 31, and I'm just now sitting down to craft a quick post. December is right up there with May when it comes to the months that test my ability to manage both my time and my emotions! I… Continue reading Apps for Emotional Health
The Jewish faith has a beautiful tradition of saying a prayer of thanksgiving to God upon first waking up in the morning. The prayer is called the Modeh Ani, and it is traditionally said before even rising from bed. The first part of it acknowledges God as the eternal king of the universe, and it… Continue reading Thanksgiving Every Morning
More than once lately, I've had heartfelt discussions with friends about how to obey the Biblical instruction to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18), to "rejoice in the Lord always," (Philippians 4:4), and to "consider it all joy" when we're faced with trials (James 1:2). In our humanity, as natural beings, it simply… Continue reading Sabbath Musings: Gratitude During the Tough Times
I recently learned about a concept called counterfactual thinking. Put simply, it's the thought process of looking back in time and asking "what if?" What if I had chosen to go away to college instead of going to the local state school? What if my parents hadn't divorced? What if I hadn't accepted that invitation… Continue reading Counterfactuals and Gratitude
With November upon us, and Thanksgiving as the month's focal point, it's natural to reflect on gratitude. I haven't always been a grateful person. I wasn't a spoiled brat as a child, but I don't remember feeling a lot of gratitude for all of the blessings that my parents provided for me. My teens were… Continue reading Gratitude is Better When Expressed