All posts tagged: Spiritual self-help

My Main Takeaway From Visiting Qumran

In my 20s, I lived on a kibbutz in Israel. The idea to leave America and move to Israel first came to me when I was working in a school for children with multiple disabilities in Atlanta, where I became close friends with a 65-year-old […]

Cross My Heart And Hope To Die!

When my stepdaughter was ten, she walked into a local restaurant and asked the Greek owner if he would sell her an over-sized wooden rosary that he’d brought from his homeland and hung behind the sales register. She knew I’d seen it and liked it, […]

Real Love Is Like A Marathon

My daughter-in-law qualified for the Boston Marathon by running in a local marathon, just making it by an amazing three seconds! She was really hurting the last five miles. A stranger saw her and began to walk-run alongside her, subtly encouraging her. She could hardly […]

How To Be A Hero

Joseph Campbell gave us a valuable description of the metaphorical hero’s journey. He said that we’ll first hear a calling, and we’ll always have a choice whether to surrender to it. There will be a threshold to cross, which will require unconditional commitment and separation from what’s familiar. There […]

Getting Our Karma To Work For Us

The popularized idea of karma is that it’s the natural consequence of doing something wrong, some kind of cosmic payback. But really, it’s the process of setting a cause in motion that produces an effect. So how can we identify karma in our daily lives? […]

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My Author Page on Amazon has all my books listed. Live On Purpose! is a collection of my most impactful posts from this blog, plus the articles I’ve posted on sites including Thrive Global, The Good Men Project and HuffPost. I share cutting-edge insights and personal […]

Our Perceptions Are Planning Our Future

When I was nine, the poorest girl in my fourth grade class invited all of us to her birthday party, and everyone expressed excitement and agreed to come. On the day of the party, my best friend and I arrived on time, greeted her family, […]

10 Things Good Communicators Do Well

1. They maintain their integrity. That means knowing what their true intention is, and saying and doing that instead of something else. My husband, Ron, was an altar boy from age seven to seventeen. Toward the end, he felt disheartened that so many churchgoers seemed […]

What Inspires Our Emotions?

One of my friends lost out on a promotion at work and felt betrayed by his company. And from that point on, he made sure to include a hint of his feeling of betrayal in every internal company message. He didn’t want anyone to not […]

Guilt Lets Us Do It Again

The summer that I was nine, I begged my parents to let me attend our church’s residential camp. The requirement for a discounted rate was to read The New Testament by a certain date, so I committed to do it. I procrastinated for weeks and […]

9 Things Our Children Need To Know

1. They are innately loved, lovable and loving. Our children need to feel that they matter to us, that they’re needed, and that they contribute to the quality of our lives. They need to feel useful. When I was a single parent, our toilet seat broke […]