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Losing Control

I remember hearing a story, many years ago, from a concerned mother about her very angry son. She recounted many outbursts, but one in particular has stuck with me because it showed how different people perceive anger. During an initial … Continue reading

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High-Five Celebrations

How many years do we give life before we finally stop to enjoy the life we have? This is a tired idea, yet it remains as relevant now as ever before. We spend our lives pursuing the next goal – … Continue reading

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It appears that bullying has become an epidemic lately. It is not uncommon to turn on the news and hear about another incident in which a child has turned to suicide due to bullying. Although it may seem that this … Continue reading

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Removing Obstacles

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.” -Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers. When we reach out to … Continue reading

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Good & Evil

I can’t hear the words “good” and “evil” without thinking of Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The title of that song has its own mythology about how it came to be, but all the different versions boil down to the idea that … Continue reading

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Creatures of Habit–The Personal Side

A couple of months ago a friend recommended I read a book on habits. Then I started listening to some lectures on habit. I guess researching habit has become a habit for me as of late. Learning about why we … Continue reading

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Creatures of Habit—The Practical Side

We are the sum of our habits. Good habits, bad habits and ordinary habits make us who we are. Moreover, our habits shape our bodies and minds and even determine our futures. We are creatures of habit. But, we are … Continue reading

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Out of the Blue

If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you know how terrifying it can be. Panic attacks usually occur out of the blue, without any apparent reason, leaving you feeling fearful about what happened (and how you thought your world was … Continue reading

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Anger: A Complex Emotion

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” -Confucius Anger is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences. At times everyone feels annoyed, frustrated, irritated or angry. Anger can be expressed by shouting, swearing, or sometimes throwing and smashing things. It … Continue reading

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Everything That Rises

“No [one] can reveal to you [anything] but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge” -Khalil Gibran. I love this quote so much, and I feel that it is an essential premise with which to begin this blog. … Continue reading

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