Tag: courage

Gold aspens

Embracing Risk

“Take risks. If you’re lucky you’ll be rich; if you aren’t you’ll be wise.”  – Ancient Chinese Saying I was raised in a culture of risk avoidance, and I was well into my adulthood before a counselor suggested that I needed to learn how to take risks. Risk […]

colorado, autumn

Part of the Solution or the Problem?

When my father was diagnosed with leukemia, we could have denied his illness, kept a happy face, and asked him to take endless rounds of chemotherapy that made life increasingly more difficult to endure. Instead, we accepted that the illness and the treatment were equally difficult to handle. […]

Rocky Mountains, gold aspens, Colorado

What I Fear Most

To avoid feeling their pain, I’ve developed defense mechanisms. I can be very withdrawn and aloof as a way to avoid other people’s drama. I am great at problem-solving, so if people tell me their troubles, I have constructive suggestions. If people don’t know what to do, I’ve […]

Being Cactus

Speaking truly from the heart can be frightening. What if the listener doesn’t understand? What if he/she doesn’t feel the depth or breadth of what we are trying to say? What if the listener is uninterested, and you feel like you’re casting pearls before swine? What if the […]

Colorado, mountains, clouds

I apologize

I didn’t hear many apologies growing up. In west Texas, it wasn’t a popular thing to do. Maybe, like Gibbs on NCIS, the type of people who lived there thought that apologizing was a sign of weakness. Little did I know that apologizing is a total art form, […]

sunrise, ocean, Kauai

Courage in Action

Sometimes, we have to be courageous in ways that we’d rather not. You know, like telling someone who is far more trouble than they’re worth that you don’t have time for their friendship. It’s hard, but so is enduring their time suckage. I’m sure you know what I […]