Category Archives: be compassionate

Thoughts on December 22nd: The Top Ten Reasons I want the world to continue tomorrow

Tomorrow morning a woman will stir from her sleep, sit up in her bed, touch her belly, and realize for the first time that there is a new life growing inside of her. And I want to be able to … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Bingo: A Life Lesson in Letting Go of Life

I.   Our family had a special voice we used in order to talk on behalf of our dog, Bingo. “Bingo’s voice” was high pitched and raspy — a sort hybrid of whininess and spunk. A blend of his adorable neurosis … Continue reading

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Be Compassionate: “I hope you have a hard life,too!” — an outburst overheard and understood

I honestly can’t say what the fight was about. I was only there to witness its conclusion. And just barely that. I was walking out of the drugstore yesterday with my  purchase in hand, smiling and feeling the sun and … Continue reading

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How To Be Courageous: Understanding Fear

Last week, a member of the “Your To Be List” Facebook Community asked a question regarding fear. Her fears were not unusual: health, aging, and finances — I think many of us can relate. In fact, I think we can … Continue reading

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Be Happy: Just because your teen is unhappy, doesn’t mean you have to be!

I live in a home with two teens and two preteens. In the South, where I live, people tend to respond to this fact by saying, “Oh, bless your heart.” Yes, bless my heart. Bless it with happiness and strength. … Continue reading

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Top Ten Videos that Will Make You Cry (In a Good Way!)

NOTE: Scroll on down if you just want to see the “TOP TEN Videos that Will Make You Cry”!  I am a big believer in the healing power of tears. I believe this because I am a cryer. I cry … Continue reading

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Parents: It’s not “I love you but …” — it’s “I love you AND …”

“I love you but you are being so irresponsible.” “I love you but I am sick and tired of asking you to pick up your stuff.” “I love you but you have got to bring your grades up.” “I love … Continue reading

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Be Courageous: All Meaningful Paths Begin with a Single Step

The path to peace begins with unrest. The path to wisdom begins with unknowing. The path to love begins with loneliness. The path to a new life begins with the old. If we want to get to where we are … Continue reading

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Be Fair: A plea for a more compassionate response

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, There is a field. I will meet you there. – Rumi   As a teacher I saw this sort of scene unfold more times than I can recall. I would be watching group … Continue reading

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How To Be Compassionate: Stuck in traffic? Maybe you are behind your spiritual teacher.

Three years ago, I was at a spiritual retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery in New York with the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master, poet, and peace activist.  I can’t begin to express what a transformative experience it was: learning to … Continue reading

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