YouTube Therapy

Lions and Elephants and Hippos…oh, yeah!

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!

Sabbath Musings

Letting Go of Our Earthly Tents

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

Changing Your Thinking · The Basics

Cognitive Distortions: When Your Thoughts Don’t Reflect Reality

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

Changing Your Thinking · Sabbath Musings

Sabbath Musings: Gratitude During the Tough Times

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

Changing Your Thinking · Tips and Tricks · YouTube Therapy

Counterfactuals and Gratitude

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

Changing Your Thinking · Tips and Tricks

Gratitude is Better When Expressed

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