You and I both know how difficult it is to keep our families functional right now.
It was hard — but it just got a lot harder. We thought family life was difficult to manage before. Now, amidst the world’s newest health challenge, families must find greater strength to survive, strive and thrive.
Family life appears to be under siege
Many parents are being called upon to make such serious decisions about everyday family situations.
Should I send my kids to school where they have to wear a mask all day — or keep them at home to pursue online…
This pandemic, our political controversies, weather patterns, and our own unique circumstances continue to test the very fabric of each one of us.
Just how strong are we? Will we survive all of it? Will we find joy again?
Stronger than we realize. We all have this untapped, inner strength that’s waiting to be exploited and utilized. We can find this inner strength by growing our spiritual life, learning and using the highly recommended practice of meditation, understanding, accepting, and truly committing to exercise, and eating as healthy as we can. …
It was an unusually long day for me. It had also been a little stressful. I was happy when I was finally able to have some time to shower and get under the covers to watch the news.
Earlier, I was elated to muster the motivation to continue editing my book about the importance of family leadership. So, my day started with a few hours of editing while I waited for the technician who would hopefully give me back my internet that had disappeared the day after another technician came to restore my cable tv.
The first technician left and…
I had more intimacy with my attorney than I had with my husband of twenty years. We never had sex but he, my attorney was always willing to listen in a non-judgmental way; he tried to be available when he was needed; he was kind and compassionate.
With my own husband, I would be weeping over a very stressful life event and he would sit on the bed next to me looking and feeling very helpless. My physical needs were met but not my emotional needs. I would like to believe that he wanted to reach out to me but…
Amidst all the chaos, there remains one important stronghold for each of us, the everyday strength, joy, and encouragement that can come from a happy, functional, and meaningful family life.
As the worldly challenges grow and consistently become more perplexing, let us all try to improve our spiritual life. I believe that we need God’s help, guidance, and compassion to handle our daily struggles.
As parents, we understand that there will inevitably always be the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of daily life.
However, I believe that I can safely say that none of us expected to be faced with these mind-boggling…
It’s only 4 am and once again I am wide awake and I feel unable to stop thinking about all that’s going on around me globally. Thanks to technology there is no escape. If I have the discipline to take off the TV there are the headlines staring back at me as I pick up my cell phone to make a call.
I am often tempted to ignore the headlines but on most occasions, I am compelled to at least check them to keep abreast of what’s going on around me.
So I click on the trending news to learn…
If we continually focus on worldly events we can experience increased apathy which can lead to a depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, and helplessness.
These feelings can make us very uneasy, discontented, and unhappy.
I think that it is okay to experience such powerful feelings for a few moments, hours, even a day or two — but we just cannot allow these feelings to take such a hold on us that we surrender to a life of misery and a complete loss of any type of joy.
How can we possibly overcome these powerful feelings and move on?
On the morning of the 4th of July, I received this excerpt about vulnerability taken from Brene Brown’s “I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn’t”)- sent by my remarkable brother, HH:
“Second, I think people still struggle with the term vulnerability. We equate vulnerability with weakness, and, in our culture, there are very few things we abhor more than weakness. Regardless of the words we choose, recognizing and understanding our triggers is essentially the same as recognizing and understanding our vulnerabilities, and this is a source of strength. Vulnerability is not weakness. Sometimes we are afraid that acknowledging…
You and I both know how incredibly difficult it is to keep a family functional right now. It was hard before — but it just got a lot harder.
Any group of persons living under the same roof is how I would describe the meaning of “family.”
After all, think about it. We have so many grandparents, relatives, stepparents, foster parents, same-sex parents, single parents, neighbors taking care of one another today under the same roof.
We can no longer think of family as only mother, father and children. …
Ten qualities that can help us survive
You and I both know how incredibly difficult it is to keep a family functional. It was hard before but it just got a lot harder.
We thought that family life was under siege before. I at least really did. I had planned to write an eBook months ago because I was so worried about all the broken families I was learning about, hearing about, reading about.
I thought that because of all the adversity I had to overcome in order to keep my own family functional, I might be able to share…