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.

Aug29

Publisher - September 2019

Publisher - September 2019

Kindness gives birth to kindness.  —Sophocles

There are few things on this earth as impactful as kindness. The ripple effect one kind encounter can have is immeasurable. Kindness is a powerful gift you can give every day, all day, and never be empty. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, to both the recipient and the giver.

Although there is no wrong way to be kind, I would say the first rule of kindness is to be kind to yourself. It is difficult to be kind to others when we can’t be kind to ourselves. While we believe other’s cruelty may hurt us the most, it is the unkind self-talk that tears us down one thought at a time. Research professor and bestselling author Brene Brown says, “When we are kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.”

Jul26

Hissy Fit - August 2019

...because everyone needs one every once in awhile

Hissy Fit - August 2019

If you read my publisher’s note on page 14, I alluded to this article being a spin off, which is a first. As you know, I went to the hospital for an excruciating, out-of-character headache recently. I worried I was having a stroke or an aneurism. I don’t get headaches; I’ve never had a migraine, and strokes run in my family. I was scared.

Before deciding to go to the hospital, I toiled with the debilitating pain for almost two hours. I took ibuprofen, put a cold rag on my forehead, closed my eyes, and tried deep-breathing techniques, all with no relief. The pressure pushing against my skull was insurmountable and radiated into my neck. The pain went from zero to agonizing, instantly. And yet, I questioned going to the hospital.

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