Obstacles and Options

Obstacles are neither good or bad. They simply are. Obstacles exist because they do. The more we see the thing as it is, versus as we are, the less likely we are to take the thing personally. The size or scope of any given obstacle depends entirely on the person it is affecting. Proof lies…

The Red Line

What does it take to draw a red line in the sand? How much is too much? Where is your boundary, and when you reach it… what will you do about it? Some of us are very clear about this line. Some of us see the line, recognize it as the last possible place of…

Walking Away

“It takes empathy to meet people where they are. It takes empathy, wisdom and a considerable amount of courage to leave people where they are.” Part of Protecting Your Spirit and taking stock of The Energy Bank involves the sometimes difficult task of walking away. When do you know when it’s time to go? How…

The Energy Bank

Energy, like time and money, is currency. We give it, we share it, we receive it. Since we cannot create or destroy energy, we have no choice but to view it in terms of quality and quantity. Whether we respect it or not, we all have a proverbial energy bank. Typically we come to respect…

Self… Time… Expectations…

Manage. Management is part of identifying the how of things. Management is not consecutive or linear, and often requires that we be open to the actual fluid nature of existence. The more we are open to the idea of management, the better we are able to manage. Once you’ve identified the ‘what’ (that you want),…

The Currency of Time

One of the most precious commodities afforded to us is time. It is also one of the most wasted. When we’re young, time tends to drags and seems an endless chasm with which to fill with everything we can possibly imagine. As we get older, our perspective tends to shift in the opposite direction… with…

Ego & Empathy

How much do you need Ego? How much do you need Empathy? The enlightened zygote would have you believe that you need less of the former and more of the latter. But like everything else in life, striking a balance between the two might be the most realistic form of existence. You actually need Ego,…

Protecting your Spirit

“It is up to the GIVER to set limits, for the RECEIVER never will.” If you’ve ever ended a personal phone call and just wanted to take a nap, you know the feeling of depleting yourself physically or energetically at the behest of another. Daily demands often require that we be present for any number…

Reclaiming your Time

“Here you sit, among the ashes of your own doing: of words never meant to be said… of actions never meant to be carried out… to exist within the scorched earth of your existence. To stay or to rise is to power all thine own.” What now? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with emotion once…

The Breakup and The Mirror

They say that if you ever want to see the ugliest side of a person, divorce them. Breakups… from jobs, places, situations, other humans… can be the nastiest experience that some of us will ever endure. Breakups call forth all manner of chaos and emotion: in addition the inevitable pain, anger, tantrums about how unfair…

I AM… Ready

Plans. We all have them. Some of use talk about them. Some of us realize them through action. Some of us are forced into action by some external force that leaves us little to no choice in the matter. And some of us sit… and wait… and wait… and wait for just the right time….

I AM… Mother

This post is dedicated to the people who do good in this world, but are shy about recognizing their contributions. The person in this next story would rather live the life than talk about it. So we’ve been tasked with sharing her story with the world, while also keeping her anonymous. THE FOSTER MOTHER: This…