Thank You

In the 21st century we have become an entitled group of people.  We see it in schools, in the work place, and even in our intimate relationships.  We expect.  We expect that you will be on time, we expect that you will pick-up my cleaning, we expect that you will fix dinner, mow the lawn,…

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Press Toward the Future

What is in your closet?  You may be thinking about your different clothes or the many pairs of shoes.  But I’m not talking about that closet.  I asking about what is in the closet of your heart?  As you ponder that, you will most likely begin to think about past hurts, scars from broken relationships,…

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Oh Brother

I remember years ago hearing a comedy routine in which Bill Cosby talked about a child rolling his eyes at his parent.  The parent’s response was something along the lines of “Don’t you roll those eyes at me – I’ll roll those eyes right out of your head.”  All of us who have been parents…

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I Love You

I noted some interesting trends as I was reading a recent worldwide study of thousands of couples.  One of the findings indicated that among the happiest couples, 85% of both men and women said those three magical words at least once a week – “I love you.”  Now, you may read that and think, “well…

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“I”

There is a great deal of talk in this day and age regarding “getting my needs met,” “what I need to be fulfilled,” “what I want,” and so on.  This generation is often labeled by its needs, expectations, and entitlements.  I find it not surprising that in the wave of technological advances, we have the…

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Live Longer

“That really makes me mad.”  “I am livid.”  “I’m seeing red.”  These are all statements of anger.  Sometimes we leave anger unexpressed and other times express it – maybe too much or inappropriately. There are a number of anger centers throughout the world that are designed to help people express anger.  At one center in…

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BUT

Why is it that there is such disparity in people’s degree of success, happiness, and enjoyment of life?  There are no simple answers and I am sure there are a variety of contributing factors for these differences.   But one reason, that I want to discuss today is “but.”  It is a word that sometimes is…

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Actions Trump Words

I recently sat with a couple who were in the heat of a disagreement.  They had an argument that morning that had begun small – over a misunderstood comment but was then followed with the phrase “you don’t support me.”  From there things went down hill at full throttle.  But why?  He was completely offended…

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“Let’s Just Be Friends”

The Millennial Generation (those born after 1981) is growing up in a whole new world when it comes to rules of social engagement.  They do not tend to view technology as simply a resource to enhance communication – they see it as the lifeblood of their relationships.  And with this comes many dangers.  Some of…

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Overcoming Conflict

In a recent interview a number of therapists were asked about recommended strategies for overcoming conflict.  This is such an important topic as unresolved conflict can severely erode the foundation of a relationship to the point that it begins to topple.  I want to adapt a few of their responses today to apply toward the…

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