Category Archive: Attitude

Attitude

Jan
22

How Kindness Eliminates Deprivation

There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
-May Sarton

My son, Tristen, is at an age where he uses the phrase, “I want” frequently. At the same time, he’s also learning to share and do nice things for people. Unlike most grownups, toddlers express their emotions openly. It is much easier to tell what they are feeling inside. Because of this, I can clearly …

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Jan
14

Have Fun Every Day

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
-Dale Carnegie

It seems that just about everything is more important than fun. So, a great deal of life is spent doing things we believe we have to do instead of things we consider fun. Often, it feels as if there is no time to do the things we want to do and to have fun. Work, …

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Dec
18

Struggling with Expectations

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."
-Viktor Frankl

This is the sixth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. You can fit a lot more commitments in your life than you think. As a full-time college student several years ago, I remember how busy my life was and couldn’t imagine fitting more responsibilities into my life. However, …

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Dec
14

Time Out

This is the fifth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. Just sitting still in a chair for two minutes can turn a whole day around. Before witnessing the power of timeouts as a parent, I had no idea how powerful they are. As our son Tristen approached the …

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Dec
13

Laugh

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.
-Woody Allen

This is the fourth post in a series expanding on 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. When food tastes really good, laugh. Toddler’s don’t usually concern themselves with personal development, planning or working to improve their circumstances. They take things as they come. If the moment gives them pleasure, they smile and laugh. If …

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Dec
10

Bumps, Bruises and Happiness

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.
-Carlos Santana

Last month, I wrote about 20 Things I Learned from My Toddler. I had so much fun with the post and genuinely learned so much in the process that this week, I would like to expand on some of of the points. Starting with the first one: Just because you bumped your head a few …

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Nov
13

Peeing in the Pool is No Fun Anymore

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
-Gloria Steinem

Many years ago, I worked in a halfway house with adolescents with drug problems. There was a common belief in the field that, once someone with a drug problem goes through the process of treatment, they lose the ability to enjoy using drugs. They have seen a better life and are aware of the depth …

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