Un-Forgiveness. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

July 27th, 2014

There is no upside to un-forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are condoning their bad behavior. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions. It doesn’t mean you are setting yourself up for future victimization. Withholding forgiveness doesn’t punish the offender. It actually punishes yourself because it is a form of self-attack and self-sabotage.


Is There Any Action That Is Unforgiveable or Should We Forgive Everyone?

July 9th, 2014

No action is unforgivable. It just requires a willingness. Why be willing? Because when we withhold forgiveness from others, we are withholding it from ourselves. The opportunity we have to forgive others their trespasses is our own personal ticket to heaven.


Want to change the world? Stop judging others. Get your own house in order.

July 8th, 2014

Want to change the world? Instead of spending your time judging and criticizing others, work to reform yourself and become the best you can be and a great role model.


Want to change your ways? Be honest with yourself about your whys.

July 7th, 2014

It is difficult to change when we embrace denial and rationalization rather than admit the truth about ourselves. The truth is we often have an agenda we are not aware of which is driving our behaviors. Or we are aware of our agenda but we don’t want to deal with it. Either way, our efforts to change will fail until we are willing to hold up a mirror and honestly look at ourselves.


Successful Relationships: Without loving acts, loving words are meaningless.

July 6th, 2014

Talk is cheap. Talk is easy. Walking the talk? Not so much so. And yet massively more important, critically important to satisfying and sustainable relationships. If you care for someone, it’s nice to tell them but more important that you show them in your actions, empathy, and your acts of compassion and consideration.


Successful Relationships – Admit when you’re wrong. Say you’re sorry.

July 5th, 2014

Regardless of how people treat us, when we do something that is wrong, that is hurtful, that is unloving…. we need to own it. We need to acknowledge it. We need to take responsibility. And we need to apologize, to say we’re sorry. And we need to make a sincere effort not to repeat the mistake in the future


Effective Communication – Listen Before You Think. Think Before You Speak

July 4th, 2014

Oftentimes we are thinking of a response to someone before they have even finished talking. This isn’t really listening because this does not allow for subtext to be “heard.” So your communication is flawed. Best to listen before you think and then think before you speak. Rather than impulsively and recklessly retorting, consider what you want to say and choose your words wisely.


The Healing Power of the 12 Steps

June 26th, 2014

The 12 Steps have true healing power. Based on the Sermon On The Mount, they are grounded in truth, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness and service to others. They have much to teach all of us, whether or not we are alcoholics or addicts. Here is some 12 Step wisdom that all of us can apply in our lives.


Don’t Mistake Motion For Action; Do The Footwork, Get Out Of The Results

June 24th, 2014

Don’t pretend to be busy. Be busy. Be prepared. Do your homework. Pay attention. Consider possible obstacles and unanticipated setbacks that might occur. But don’t focus and dwell on terrible outcomes that might happen and how terrible you would feel if they did happen because these are fear thoughts that will derail your efforts and immobilize you.


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