“That’s just the way I am”. Have you ever heard someone say this? Or, have you ever said this yourself? I think most of us have said some variation of this. We use it to explain why we are shy, loud, angry, etc. But what are we really saying? Whether consciously aware of it or not, this phrase basically says, “I have no control over who I am or my behavior, and I cannot change.” Is this true? Is our nature and actions bound by something we have no control over? By genetic expression, culture, or the past? Absolutely not! Continue reading
Do you ever forget to take care of yourself? We often spend too much time busying ourselves with daily chores or jobs, forgetting to give some time to ourselves. Yet, at the same time, you don’t want to forget your responsibilities. The question is, how do you strike up a balance between responsibilities and personal time?
Several months ago I was struggling to deal with the everyday difficulties of raising my family. I remember feeling discouraged, overwhelmed and frustrated. I decided to give my brother a call to describe my feelings and perhaps get some advice or empathy from him. As I finished telling him how I was feeling he decided to tell me a little about a trip that he had just taken with his wife to New York. While he was there he had the opportunity to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Part of the exhibit included the experience of the singular American that wasn’t on earth during the September 11th attacks. Astronaut Frank Culbertson was in the International Space Station about 250 miles above earth that day. When Culbertson was informed of the attacks he grabbed a camera to record the smoke that he could see from space, coming from New York. As he recorded the images he said these words: