The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

Follow the path to inner peace. “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” – Anne Frank Happiness means different things to different people. I believe that happiness is a direct result of finding a sense of inner peace in your own heart. Each one […]

Where Did My Joy Go?

Where Did My Joy Go?

When I was in elementary school, we had a school newsletter that had a monthly feature where phone numbers of a few students would be printed with an adjective that described the student. I remember when my phone number was printed and the word next to it was “Happy!” I lived in Amarillo in the […]

Success Your Way

Success Your Way

How do you define success? We live in a culture that tends to define success by external measures of achievement, i.e., money in the bank, the neighborhood we live in, our track record of promotions, the size of our salary, the letters following our name, the college we send our kids to. Unfortunately, success is […]

Seek to Understand

Seek to Understand

Strategies for managing conflict. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”– Steven R. Covey Nobody likes conflict and arguments are no fun for anyone. Some people are skilled at clearing the air and moving on. Others have the same fight over and over again. Tension in families, between partners, between parent and child can […]

Say What You Need to Say

Say What You Need to Say

Expressing appreciation to your loved ones. When I lost my Dad to congestive heart failure. He was on hospice care for the last several months of his life, so we knew his days were numbered. That didn’t make it any easier to face losing him, but it did give us the precious opportunity as a family […]

Facing an Empty Nest

Facing an Empty Nest

Giving them wings to fly. “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots, the other, wings.” -Hodding Carter When my youngest son turned 18, I was filled with images of him as an infant who came into the world with gusto! A busy toddler with things to […]