About Right and Wrong…

We learned about this at our mother’s knee. We know about right and wrong. It’s black and white, for sure. Not only do we know what’s right and wrong for ourselves, we know what’s right and wrong for the whole crazy world. And we don’t mind sharing our opinions with anyone who will listen. We love sharing our opinions on Facebook and Twitter, over coffee, over the fence, over the phone. The...
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You Don’t Have to Be Sick to Get Better

When I first heard that you don’t have to be sick to get better, I felt instantly better. I knew that someone else understood my desire to grow and learn and become more. It used to be that people who consulted “shrinks” were stigmatized. Not anymore. We’ve changed the name and changed the game. Back in psychotherapy days, people consulted a psychiatrist and spent years analyzing their...
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Let Go!

There’s a saying in 12-step programs: Let Go and Let God. What exactly does this mean? Let’s take each phrase separately. Let go is pretty easy to understand. Let’s say there’s a hundred dollar bill that we are both holding on to, having a little tug of war. It happens to be your $100, and you say to me, “Let go!” The message is clear. You want me to stop trying to control your money, take my...
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Happy Saint Paddy’s Day

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day to you! We know everybody’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! We learned we’re supposed to wear something green, and we have no idea why. In my day, the custom was to wear green or get pinched by everybody within reach. Thank goodness that custom has died out. By the way, the real meaning of the wearing of the green derives from St. Patrick’s explanation of the Trinity. He...
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Shoulda Woulda Coulda

A phrase recently added to our language is Shoulda Woulda Coulda (or is it Woulda Coulda Shoulda?). As with most new additions to the culture, it may sound strange to the older ear. Whether you heard the phrase in song lyrics, on the Tonight Show, or in everyday conversation, the gist is usually the same. The theme is regret and self blame. And the implication is usually that this self talk is...
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Never Too Late To Bloom

Never Too Late To Bloom