Here we are again at that wonderful time of year when we gather as family and friends to think about and give thanks for all of our bounteous blessings. But I’ve also been thinking about those I love who are suffering from overwhelming personal problems, critical illness, depression and financial worries, who might find it hard to “count their blessings” right now.Knowing that some of these burdened loved ones will be gathering round our Thanksgiving table I have been praying for inspiration and Read More.
Passive-aggressive people act passive, but are covertly aggressive. They’re basically obstructionist, and try to block whatever it is you want. Their unconscious anger gets transferred onto you, and you become frustrated and furious. Your fury is theirs, while they may calmly ask, “Why are you getting so angry?” and blame you for the anger they’re provoking.Passive-aggressive partners are generally codependent, and like codependents, suffer from shame and low self-esteem. Their behavior is Read More.
On a Saturday evening in autumn, I drove to a nearby city to attend a broadcast of the General Relief Society Meeting with my mother. The spirit of the messages and music left me with a softened heart and a desire to do better, and as I drove home afterward my mind began processing what I had heard and felt. As is usually the case with me, my desire to be a more righteous woman led to thoughts of perfection, inevitably leading to discouragement for a mere mortal gal such as myself.As my car Read More.
The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the likable, hard-working oldest sibling in a suburban North Carolina family — was the kind of teenager who handled things. Though he was not prone to boastfulness, the fact was he had never really failed at Read More.
The full text of the original “Serenity Prayer” written by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be Read More.