Is there anything more helpless-feeling than being stuck in the snow? Press on the gas all you want, you’re still just spinning your wheels. Getting free requires a change in strategy.
Can’t the same be said for most of life’s ‘stuck’ moments? They call for a fresh approach. The insight and impulse delivered by prayer can provide the needed push.
It’s been one of THOSE winters. In the latest round of snow and biting cold, one neighbor and then another needed my help in freeing their cars from heaps of the white stuff. Alone and feeling stranded, each was relieved to see me walking down the alley. Together, we were able to maneuver over the deep potholes created by the solo efforts to get free.
Like winter, life’s challenges can be intimidating. Health is the biggie… Read more
“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne’s on and off-screen persona has wide appeal. His pick-yourself-up, shake-off-the-dust attitude made him a super star.
Many of us have something in common with Wayne’s movie characters; we have had to bounce back from challenges, rebound from adversity, dig deep within ourselves to find peace and normalcy. His resilience resonates with some part us.
“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever,” according to Psychology Today. Wayne made it look easy.
Most of us, however, don’t possess Wayne’s swagger. And unlike the movies, life is not scripted, nor are happy endings guaranteed. Yet, trust in something outside our own narrow perspective comes to the rescue in our despair.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,” Read more…
“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”
A fresh start! A rebirth! Renewal! We can get behind that! A new year can spur us on to a healthy turn-around as we focus our best efforts on what’s important to our well-being.
There is nothing magical in flipping the calendar. But there is something appealing about closing the door on unhealthy behaviors and their consequences. A healthy, new beginning can result when one gives himself or herself permission to leave behind past failings. The next step is to solidify in some practical manner the positive steps required to achieve our wellness goals.
Positive health is an emerging concept that an interdisciplinary team is investigating with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This approach to health promotes patients’ health assets while focusing on key factors that include subjective influences like optimism. This can add to a healthier and longer life according to the organization.
But what happens when optimism wanes? Read more…
F-R-A-G-I-L-E Not a welcomed assessment as one grows older. How would you describe your health? Many view well-being as an elusive balance, easily fractured by age, accident, heredity, or other circumstances beyond their control. That appraisal can be detrimental to health and undermines the robust peace we desire.
If you have ever watched the venerable classic, A Christmas Story, you can’t forget the image of the exotic leg-lamp in the front window of the Parker home. The “major award” was the pride of the Old Man, whose feelings of accomplishment were soon dashed by the “accidental” destruction of the infamous neighborhood attraction.
“Oh, life is like that,” adult Ralphie comments in his narration during the movie. “Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.”
Anxiety over the perceived vulnerability of our own welfare is a lousy motivator for maintaining a healthy life, Read more…
Where does one find comfort amid the hardships of day-to-day living? Perhaps there is something in Tiny Tim’s innocent observation, “God bless us, every one,” that iconic message of hope and confidence that points the way through the disheartening moments of gloominess.
Many succumb to a bah-humbug mood during the Christmas season. It’s a contagious response to the plethora of holiday activities as they overwhelm, and even deaden our sensibilities. Or others might be experiencing debilitating sadness and depression caused by loneliness, ill health or unemployment. The sharp contrast between the resulting anguish and the desired joy of the season is a recipe for tension.
An old tale of transformation, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, resonates in today’s culture. Set against the backdrop of Victorian England, the Christmas favorite immerses the reader in images of darkness and despair only to be liberated by the light of healing and restoration.
Mr. Bah-humbug himself… read more