The Holes in Your Boat

Imagine that you are a fisherman. Everyday you get into your little wooden boat and paddle your way to the open water to cast your line. You enjoy fishing. That’s why you do it.

But lately it hasn’t been fun. Tiny little holes have...

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Ask the Right Question

I ask a lot of questions, but maybe you’d never notice. I don’t ask them out loud. I ask them in my own head.

“Is this the right thing to do?”

“Do they think I’m crazy?”

“Is this the best way to go...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Smelly

I am a home body. I love being at home. I love my own bed. I love my own shower. And I love my routine. This isn’t a bad thing. I think it’s good to appreciate your living situation and daily life without needing anything...

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Compromise Leads to Unhappiness

Two sisters approached their mother. The older girl carried an orange. Both girls looked unhappy.

“What’s wrong?” asked their mother.

“I want the orange!” replied the younger girl.

“But I want the orange!”...

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What is Your Purpose?

We have an exercise bike in the house. In the summer it’s one of those things that I dry laundry on. In the winter, I try to get on it a few times per week. It’s not my favourite thing to do, but with a good audiobook, it’s not...

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Emotional Concussions

A few years ago, I had a concussion. I don’t remember much about the situation, but I came to after a couple seconds with a headache and a case of nausea.

A concussion is when the brain has a bruise from smacking against the inside of the...

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The Only To-Do List That Matters

I have a tendency to get overwhelmed. When there’s a bunch of things pressing on me or asking for my attention it is easy for me to get frazzled.

I learned pretty early on what works for me. Making lists.

I almost always have a to-do...

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How to Feel Connected

We live in a highly connected time. The internet, social media, emails, and texts connect us to one another. Our phones connect to our tablets and to our computers. We can connect from anywhere in the world to our home and change the temperature...

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How to Not Get Stuck in Emotional Mud

Imagine driving down a back road and approaching a muddy section. You slow down and let your front tires ooze into the thick black mud. Then what? Do you forge ahead through the mud, hoping to make it to the other side? Or do you back out?

...

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When Things Go Wrong

I am a perfectionist. Which is a polite way of saying that I’m a control freak. I want things the exact way I want things, exactly when I want things.

This is all fine, as long as things go exactly the way I want.

Because when things go...

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