Expansive Adversity

Adversity has the potential to give us empathy. If we allow it to, it can help us to see the world in a whole new light.  Experiencing our own fragility and vulnerability helps us to see how fragile and vulnerable others are. This experience, if we are conscious enough and willing enough, can actually increase…

Fumbling Forward

We are all just fumbling through life, trying to do our best.  None of us truly knows what we are doing or what tomorrow will bring.  We make educated, or sometimes not so educated, guesses or predictions. And, then we hope things will work out.  Sometimes we are successful with our efforts. Other times, we…

Offering Comfort

When we see that someone is vulnerable and in pain, we have a choice to make. We can either choose to ignore them, comfort them, or attack them in their moment of weakness. It may seem obvious which choice will lead to the most good for that person, but life does not always provide us…

On Self Kindness

We should be kinder to ourselves. We do not need to be pampered, coddled, or spoiled. But, we do need to leave ourselves room to breathe and to grow. Most likely, we are doing our best. Even when we are not, we know it. There is no use in being overly critical of ourselves for…