“Marines don’t do that”

Recently Michael Wheeler wrote an article entitled “Marines Don’t Do That:  Mastering the Split-Second Decision. In it he quoted Major David Dixon, who recently retired from the US Marine Corps. According to Major Dixon, Marines are taught the concept of “Marines don’t do that” during their training. It got me to thinking about how I [Read More...]

Mastering the New Year Resolution

If the internet is to be believed, the origins of the New Year Resolution date back to Babylonian times when people promised their gods that they would return borrowed objects and repay their debts. The next to take up the challenge were the Romans who apparently made promises to their god Janus, for which the [Read More...]

Joyous Living Practices for Choosing to Live!

Choosing is both a discipline and an art. Practice makes choosing easier as we build confidence and trust in our ability to decide and choose. Practicing making new choices teaches us that we can always choose again. Begin by noticing the kinds of choices you avoid making. Remember that how you do anything, is how [Read More...]

Greek Yogurt

One of my favorite people to fly with at my “day job” is an Austrian-born, naturalized U.S. citizen. You’d never think he was anything but American, at least until you get into a conversation with him. As Americanized as he is, his European roots are pretty close to the surface and a lot of his [Read More...]

The Power of Santa

Over the years I’ve heard many people bemoan the way in which children ask for so many material things. It’s true – sometimes to our more mature minds, the gifts that pile up under the tree appear to be overwhelming. Some of us are simply happy to spend our Christmas morning opening up the cards [Read More...]

Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer.

Fails my heart… These are the words of the page who is following his monarch, the good King Wenceslas, out into the bitter cold to deliver food to the poor.  Through the cruel frost they went together to see to it that suffering would be lessened in the world.  However, with each step the page [Read More...]

Return to the Light

According to the old religion, at 12:11pm, EST, on December 21, the goddess will begin her journey from the underworld back to the light of day, eventually giving birth to spring in just a few short months. Trust me. If you’ve shoveled snow in the past week like we have you don’t care who brings [Read More...]

Practice Loving Kindness

When I was a child, my mother always reminded me to be kind to others. It was our household commandment, although it didn’t stop me from arguing with my brother and sister whenever I had a chance. Every Christmas there is that subtle reminder for us to be kind to others. I hear people saying [Read More...]

“Came to My Self”

I was getting very antsy while standing in line at a store. The cashier had been working with one person for quite a while. I found myself checking the other lines. I wanted to scream “Hurry up!!” or whine “Come on now, there’s a long line here, get another cashier out here.” I even wondered [Read More...]

The Season of Promise

I’ve been flicking through the ads on television lately and it’s hard not to notice how glittering everything is.  The airwaves are filled with commodities that promise happiness, like toothpaste that will put the sparkle of Christmas into our smile, cosmetics that will add luster to our appearance. Even financial companies get into the act [Read More...]


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