Monthly Archive: February 2015

Feb 28

What goes up…

What goes up must come down. It’s all about gravity. And gravity is one of those laws of nature that’s simply undeniable. Trying to defy gravity usually results in a painful lesson. No matter how hard we work to elevate ourselves, gravity will always try to bring us back down. I was thinking about this during …

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Feb 25

Where Do You Find Your Happy Place?

  What do you do when bad things happen? More specifically, when bad things happen, where do you find your happy place? Admittedly, bad things come in all shapes and sizes. They almost always surprise us, and they are never pleasant. That’s why we call them ‘bad things’. When the bad things are not too bad, we …

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Feb 24

Could This Happen to Me?

Have you ever seen a sign that asked the question, “Why Die?” For nearly four decades, South Dakota has been placing these signs near the sites of roadside fatalities. I passed one of these signs on the very day of our son’s funeral near the border between South Dakota and Minnesota. My first thought was, “That’s …

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Feb 22

Where Do I Go to Find Comfort?

Pain and comfort are at opposite extremes. Lingering in either place too long can be destructive to our bodies as well as our souls. If you enjoy exercise and working out, you know what it’s like to go through short-term pain in order to gain long-term comfort. But no one wants to endure unrelenting pain. I am a …

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Feb 21

Sometimes You’ve Just Gotta Laugh!

Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve all heard that before. And if you think about it, medicine is not something we normally enjoy. Mary Poppins sang about taking our medicine with a spoon full of sugar to help it go down. At least if laughter is a medicine, it doesn’t need sugar to make it pleasant. I’ll …

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Feb 19

It’s Not What You Know…

We’ve heard the saying many times before: It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know. I always thought of that in negative terms. But there’s truth in that saying that will change our lives. Forever. I consider the accumulation of knowledge to be a very good thing. In fact, learning never stops with formal schooling. We are always learning. Whether on …

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Feb 17

50 Shades of Real Grey

I have to admit, when the book “50 Shades of Grey” first came out, I thought it had something to do with hair coloring. Now there is a movie, and I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with old age. After all, gray hair doesn’t sell many books or movie tickets. But all …

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Feb 15

Is There One Thing That Best Defines You?

If you were to review your life in photos, is there one thing that best defines you? The photo I used for this post is one of my favorites. The reasons may not at first be obvious. Of course, it captures Elijah in a spontaneous state of joy and laughter. He is enjoying a fun moment …

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Feb 13

The Secret for the Ultimate Gift on Valentine’s Day

Did someone you love do something special and memorable for you this Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is big business. In the U.S., over $20 Billion is spent per year on cards, flowers, candy and jewelry. That amounts to about $130 per person. Why do we spend so much money to express our love and affection? I’ve …

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Feb 12

Would You Rather Laugh or Cry?

If given a choice, would you rather laugh or cry?  I think most of us would choose laughter. Laughter is such a great expression of joy and happiness. It’s even more obvious than a smile. A smile makes us think that someone is content and happy, at least for that moment. But laughter is like an explosive …

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