Oct31

Hissy Fit - November 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - November 2019

Is it possible the most wonderful time of the year is here already?
It’s true; the hurry-days—I mean holidays—are here,
and let me be amongst the first to ask if
you’re ready—such a silly question we greet each other with during this time of the year?

What happens if you’re not ready? Are they asking if I have cleaned, decorated inside and out, mailed Christmas cards, collected Christmas lists, made my own list, gift shopped, grocery shopped, wrapped (with bows), cooked and baked and am just sitting around with the only thing to do is open the door dujour on the Advent calendar? Of course I’m not ready. If I was, you wouldn’t see me at Wal-Mart buying more strings of white lights!

Another thing I think the question refers to: Are you ready to spend time with relatives—your own relatives, to be exact?

Oct31

Publisher - November 2019

Publisher - November 2019

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.  —Willie Nelson

Ground Zero is the center of origin of rapid intense change. It is also the beginning—square one. Three years ago I found myself at Ground Zero, and learned how it became a blessing in disguise.

In the fall of 2016, everything normal in my life changed—rapidly and intensely. First, I became an empty nester. Some of you may think “Thank God,” but I was newly separated from a 24-year marriage, trying to hang on, and I found myself lost and lonely.

Sep30

Hissy Fit - October 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - October 2019

Three remote controls, a Google Home and a cell phone. That is the equipment needed to turn on the one television in my home. I have to wonder if anyone truly knows how to turn on the television anymore? If your answer is yes, does that mean you have the know how to get a picture and sound at the same time, or did you just luck into it? And, even in your triumph, are you not terrified you may push the wrong button and never find the Hallmark Channel again?

To put things into perspective, there are automobiles that can practically drive themselves to Alaska, and they only need one key. And, in many cases, the key only needs to be somewhat near you. The car turns on without ever having to actually touch the key. Yet, when it comes to watching TV, it takes an arsenal of remote controls and a smart ass seven-year-old to turn it on.

Sep30

Publisher - October 2019

Publisher - October 2019

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  —John 1:5

You don’t have to believe in ghosts for things to haunt you. Especially if overwhelm, guilt, busyness, sadness, exhaustion, perfection or resentment is a part of your daily repertoire. (If you don’t fit into one of these categories…will you be my life coach?)

I want so desperately to find peace, joy and time for myself in each day, but there are these ghosts…the ones that haunt my spirit and feed my mind narratives that hold me back. Because I have had a life coach—and apparently didn’t listen close enough— I know these inner narratives are referred to as shadow beliefs, and we all have them to a certain degree. Like the stereotypical television ghost that drags a chain around clunking it across the floor, paralyzing everyone in fear, our shadow beliefs are just as capable of dragging us down and inducing that same level of fear.

Aug29

Hissy Fit - September 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - September 2019

How many times have I heard a teacher, who is encouraging students to speak up, say, “There are no dumb questions”? It’s a great theory, and in a learning environment, has a lot of merit. Allow me to take this theory to a parallel plane, where there still may be no dumb questions, but perhaps dumb choices to whom the questions are being directed. My beef, and what I’m getting at, is parents asking their children questions, which children have no business answering.

I understand the power of giving children age-appropriate options: Would you like to wear the red shirt or blue shirt today? This is probably an appropriate question starting at age 3 or so. But in this day and age of “No Discipline Parenting,” parents are giving too much decision making power to children, who, quite frankly, don’t have the skill-set yet to make those types of decisions.

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