George Floyd Mural

I haven’t done enough.

“I can’t breathe.” These were among George Floyd’s last words, choked out before his life ended under the knee of a white police officer. “I can’t breathe.” Words that have since appeared on countless news sites, on graffiti under bridges, on t-shirts, on handmade placards at rallies around the globe. “I can’t breathe.” Words now…

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Making Lemonade

“How about we replace the term ‘social distancing’ with ‘physical distancing’?” Event cancellations. Travel restrictions. Empty supermarket sections. All can create a sense of surrealism, disconnection, and fear. At times of heightened worry and uncertainty, human connection is more essential than ever. Yet we are told to practice “social distance.” Whenever difficulties arise, I try…

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One Size Does Not Fit All

“While it can be tempting to rely on one tried-and-true strategy for facing life’s challenges, it’s better to match the method with the current need.”   Nearing the end of a long midsummer run, I notice I’m at the bottom of yet another hill. My shoulders droop. My body sags. It’s not a particularly steep climb,…

homeless encampment

TENT CITIES AND SELF-CARE

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of suffering.” ~Helen Keller As she made herself comfortable on the couch opposite me, a 30-something client mentioned that she had passed a tent city on her way in. “Compared to poverty and homelessness, are my concerns worth addressing?” she wondered…

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PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!

“We limit how much technology our kids use.”~Steve Jobs “What I’ve been doing,” Bill tells me, “is not looking at my phone for at least an hour after I wake up.” To prepare for an upcoming television appearance on World Happiness Day, I’m spending an hour with my acting coach. He takes me through filmed mock interviews…

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​The Rock-Your-World Email

Did you ever receive an unexpected message out of nowhere at just the right time? One that seemed to have been written just for you and that provided precisely what you needed? The email rocked my world. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about embracing ambiguity, which is the fact that two seemingly contradictory concepts…