From Specifics To Fundamentals

As parents, teachers, leaders, or mentors, one of our most important and powerful tools we have at our disposal is the object lesson. If we are able to point to and extract from a specific incident, a lesson or principle that applies to a variety of situations or circumstances, and if we are able to…

The Responsibility To Try

Healing occurs in the effort. It is okay to fail. Not all things will work out the way we want or hope. As much as our efforts and our intentions matter, they play only a small part in determining the final outcome of our circumstances and our relationships. In spite of our perceptions or desires,…

The Lessons Of Youth

One of the most powerful and long-lasting lessons of my childhood came from being required to do chores around the house before being allowed to go outside to play with my friends. As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be kind, decent, and successful. And, we want to provide…

Play More (To Be More Human)

“If we can play together, then we can live together.“—Cas Holman, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ As children, play is our primary learning mechanism, both as a solo and a group activity. Play is how we learn to move, to experiment, and to socialize. As we get older, many of us seem to forget the…

Checklist For A Full And Fulfilling Day

What can we do today to promote mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being for ourselves and those around us? With more time on our hands than usual lately, many of us are thinking about what an ideal, productive, and healthy day can and should look like. Here are some general guidelines, a checklist if…