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The Power of Yes and No

My alarm goes off at 5:15 AM. I hit snooze a couple of times and then drag myself to a seated position. To me, this ungodly hour is the middle of the night, especially where I fell asleep just 4 1/2 hours earlier. But, there's a treasure to find, so ...

Quiet Your Emotional Clutter

I recently accomplished a goal I'd been thinking about for more than a year: Reaching the summit of a 4,000+-foot mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There's a whole club of folks who have or are working toward climbing all 48 mountains that fall into this category. While ...

Offer What You Want

This week, my wife and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. Marking the occasion with a fancy dinner at a restaurant didn't feel like a fit for us. Instead, because we feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate for the amount of love we share, we wanted to spread the joy. So ...

Upgrade Your Personal OS

I'm at a café with a friend and we're each working on our laptops. She's typing away, and suddenly lets out an exasperated sigh. "I hate when I 'undo' (Ctrl or Cmd Z, or Edit, Undo) one too many times and end up getting rid of something I wanted to keep, then I ...

9.11: Let’s Bring Connection Back

"A plane hit the World Trade Center in New York," my coworker calls out. Being the town crier of the office, Margaret was always informing us of every little news item, whether we ask or not. I roll my eyes and try to refocus on my work. "A second one just hit the ...

Isaac Newton Was Onto Something

My health journey has been up and down this summer. My plan was to say adios to at least 10 more pounds, and I thought that was being conservative. I mean, it's the season of outdoor activities and salads, for goodness sake. Yeah, it's also the season of fruity cocktails, barbecues, ...

What’s In Your Emotional Wardrobe?

I'm in the dressing room of a clothing store when I overhear a girl and her mother talking about back-to-school shopping. "That's a beautiful dress, Samantha*, but it might be a bit much for school." "Mom, if I feel pretty when I'm learning, I'll be more confident," says the girl, who I'd ...

Free To Be You and Me

My niece is getting married in a week. She's the first of the grandchildren to tie the knot, and even though she's 26 years old, it's hard for me to not think of her as 12. Liamarie is a special soul. She is spiritually wise beyond her years, very in touch with ...

Can You Go with the Flow?

Melissa and I are spending a few days away in New Hampshire, and decided to head out this morning to do some hiking. Our goal is to bag our first 4,000-foot peak in the White Mountains -- something we've been talking about for more than a year. We pack our lunches, gather our ...

Embrace the Ease

I'm on my way to drop friends off at the bus station when I notice a cyclist standing on the grass crying, her bike on the ground next to her. She's talking to a man, and is clearly upset. I pull over thinking she was either hit by a car ...

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