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When was the last time you set a goal, and how did you achieve it? Or, did you achieve it? The idea of goal setting can be heard when considering weight loss, running a number of miles, reading a number of books, achieving certain grades…actually, the list is endless. But I’ve seldom heard the phrase “Create an action plan” to match that goal. I often compare this situation to getting …

When was the last time you tried learning something completely new? Not only new, but something in an area in which you have NEVER been even moderately good, much less talented or naturally inclined. Welcome to my world. For the past three weeks I have been fighting with my computer, photography lights that I’m supposed to arrange myself, an external microphone that requires my office space be completely padded in …

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic, the Center for Mindfulness, and the mindfulness meditation guru who founded Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has made many memorable quotes, but the one that resonates the most with me is As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you. This, I believe, says it all. Or, all we really need to know, anyway. …

We live in a dangerous world today. We need only watch the news to hear of another incident regarding a branch of the military, the police, or firemen; they are always involved in something that makes the news. Sometimes members of these organizations are in the right, and sometimes they are not, but, when push comes to shove, I will always be mindful of the sacrifices others are making on …

Every cloud has a silver lining. This saying, heard so often, has a message that almost gets lost unless you’re learning about mindfulness. Elementary students with whom I work on a weekly basis all had a chance to think about the impact of positive and negative thinking. Students learned that having a pessimistic outlook often resulted in sadness, upset, or other negative feelings, while those who looked for the good …

Stories have been a part of our lives from the beginning of time. Told from one generation to the next, whether as part of an oral history or written text, they have had an impact and, sometimes, changed our perspectives and our lives. Yet, at some point, those stories changed. We switched from telling stories so others would know the history of our people, and they simply became tales we …

My children are now adults, some with children of their own, and, I must admit, time passed faster than I had ever imagined it could or would. If given the opportunity to go back and give myself a redo on a few situations, would I? The truth is, I know there are some things I would have done differently had I known then what I know now. But I also …

Our emotions are always with us. Reacting to our thoughts, our encounters and everything around us, often our emotions seem to have a life of their own. When confronted with something we find unpleasant or unkind, we may politely smile, rant and rave, scream and cry, or simply walk away. As Zig Ziglar once said, It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens …

A friend needs a push in the right direction. She wants information, but doesn’t feel comfortable asking. She did, however, share her thoughts with you, and you do the asking for her. She’d love to work on that next project, but feels overshadowed by a co-worker. That’s when you speak up on her behalf, and suggest to the boss that she would be a great addition to the team. She …

So far away, yet right around the corner. It’s only July, yet that’s exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but its also a time to make plans. And those plans are what might be the determining factor for whether you’re going to have a relatively calm school year, or feel like you have to …