Just Say Thank You

Posted By on Sep 22, 2014

“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy.” -Lewis CK I love that quote. If you haven’t seen the Lewis CK interview with Conan where he talks about how we live in such an amazing time yet everyone complains, you need to check it out. Many of us were promised jetpacks and flying cars when we were kids. People said that those things would be available by the year 2000. We were also told that trips to space...

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Dominate Your Anxiety

Posted By on Sep 8, 2014

It wraps its arms around you like a boa constrictor, squeezing you until you can’t breathe. Your chest feels there’s a one ton anvil sitting on top of it. Your mind races with a million things that you can’t control. And one terrible truth echoes in your brain over and over again. You are helpless. There is nothing you can do to stop the stress. Anxiety is a killer. From the research I’ve done over the years, I...

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Anxiety Domination 101: Say No, More

Posted By on Aug 24, 2014

Maybe that title doesn’t read correctly. My editors try to help me with grammar and comma placement, but I fear I’ll never fully become proficient with that stuff. Maybe if I had finished my degree in English instead of switching to psychology that would have worked itself out. Oh well. The point of this short post is to serve as a gentle nudge for some, and a reminder to others, that you need to learn how to say no more...

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For the Win

Posted By on Aug 10, 2014

The late Al Davis, former owner of the Oakland Raiders football team, was famous for a saying, “Just win baby.” He believed in his franchise and in his credo of a commitment to excellence. Whether Al Davis was a great owner, or an eccentric and reckless meddler can be determined by the historians. His quote, however, will live forever as a testament to his legacy. I never win anything. Maybe you’re plagued with the...

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Find Your Berry Patch

Posted By on Jul 28, 2014

The other day, I went to a friend’s parents’  house to meet him and his wife for dinner. His parents were going to watch their baby while we went out to eat. Even though I’ve known this friend for almost twenty years, I’d never actually been inside his family’s home. I also had never really spoken with his parents. They were extremely welcoming, and talked with us for nearly thirty minutes about all kinds...

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Lost Socks

Posted By on Jul 13, 2014

It happens to all of us. Well, most of us anyway. It seems to happen to me all the time. I go to the store to buy a new set of socks. Invariably, six to ten weeks later I am missing several of them. I know that I had them when I started my laundry. It seems like there is some kind of vortex inside the clothes dryer. You probably know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard stories about mythical sock monsters or that inside the...

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Hit the Reset Button

Posted By on Jun 29, 2014

Sometimes you just seem to be on a roll. Everything is going great. You can’t lose no matter how hard you try. I love it when that happens. Although, it doesn’t seem to happen very often. That’s life, I guess. Life is full of times when things don’t seem to be going our way. One complication leads to another, and before you know it, you’re completely out of sorts, seemingly losing your mind. It...

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I go to the grocery store a few times a week. On every visit, I walk through the produce section, fully intending to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables. I know I should eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us are in that boat. But when I get there to the produce area, I see all the different things and start wondering what I’m going to do with them. There’s broccoli, bok choi, tomatoes, apples, bananas, kale, spinach,...

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Posted By on Jun 2, 2014

At many sporting events across the world, you will typically see someone, usually at least one person, holding up a sign or banner that contains one word. Believe. I’ve heard some cynics say that the word believe is something that losers use as their last, desperate rallying cry. As a fan of teams who are usually desperate, I can see that, but there is something far bigger at play when we talk about believing in something....

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It can be overwhelming beyond anything you’ve ever known. Strangely, one of the big problems with it is that you don’t necessarily know where it’s coming from. You feel crippled, exasperated, and desperate. It might even get to the point where you begin to get angry at the fact that no matter what you try, you can’t make it go away. It can manifest itself in a number of different ways, and frequencies. When...

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In a Hurry to Wait

Posted By on Apr 20, 2014

I was on a plane the other day and had the privilege of sitting next to a couple of interesting people. The man, sitting by the window, was in his mid-fifties, and the young woman was in her mid-twenties. I believe in total transparency, so I may as well give away my age. I’m 29. For the 9th time. Anyway, when we first boarded the plane, the two strangers next to me instantly struck up a conversation. I always eaves drop. I...

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