It’s Not Who You Are That Matters

It’s not who you are that matters, It’s what you are. It’s not what you say that matters, It’s what you do that counts. It’s not who you say you are, It’s who you show you are. It’s not what you have that matters, It’s how much you love. It’s not how much you say … Continue reading It’s Not Who You Are That Matters

Trepidatious Booksteps

***** When you have a huge story inside of you, waiting for its natural time to be carefully birthed, and then discover in a moment that part of your story has been written about and published by someone else ... I am feeling rather peculiar today, and am not at all sure how to process … Continue reading Trepidatious Booksteps

I Wish Love Was Taught In Schools

I wish love was taught in schools, to girls and to boys, so that people could grow up knowing what love really looks like. Words alone are shallow, and just being able to read and write does not help us when we're hurting deep inside, or when we need to find strength within to imagine … Continue reading I Wish Love Was Taught In Schools

Doing Things For Oneself First

The case for doing what works for ourselves, first and foremost When we do something, we ought to do it knowing that all goodness in the universe is watching us, and do it for ourselves first, because it is impossible to please all men all the time. As a simple example of this statement, one can … Continue reading Doing Things For Oneself First

On Healing the Inner Child, by Thich Nhat Hanh

An excerpt from the book “Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child” by Thich Nhat Hanh. FROM THE INTRODUCTION “In each of us, there is a young, suffering child. We have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma. To protect and defend ourselves against future suffering, we often try to … Continue reading On Healing the Inner Child, by Thich Nhat Hanh

When you are valued …

When you are valued for who you are, rather than what you have or what you can bring to a party, you know you are truly valued by others.  The truth is that value starts at home, and is not based on what others think, over which one has no control.  When personal value is intact, … Continue reading When you are valued …

Who would you be without your money?

WHO WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT YOUR MONEY? If you lost everything, would you be able to live with yourself? If you spoke the truth and showed your real self to your friends, which of them would remain to help you up when you stumbled? If you could no longer buy what impresses others, would you … Continue reading Who would you be without your money?

When We Look Into The Eyes Of Children

I wonder what you see when you look at this photograph of two children? We all see things according to our own lives and experiences, but sometimes the messages are universal. I know what I see and I know what I feel, when I look at this photograph. I know one of these children very … Continue reading When We Look Into The Eyes Of Children

Children playing

As I waved goodbye to one of my children, who was setting off back down South yesterday, watching her disappear down the country road, I turned back to close our gate slowly and stopped to take in this sign pinned onto our property ... "Children playing. Keep gate closed." It spoke volumes to me. How … Continue reading Children playing