I realize that quality of friendship is more important than quantity. It made me ask myself, what are the qualities of outstanding friendship? And how do you know if you're an outstanding friend to others?
"I think that everyone just desires to be and to feel loved. Accepted. Not tolerated (I think that word is gross.) There are so many of us who go through life not feeling loved and completely alone, dealing with some huge circumstances by ourselves. I don't want that."
I've realized that although structure and discipline are paramount in child rearing, the switch-ups, surprises and spontaneous surrenders are where the magic happens.
Even if we could successfully fix the whole world throughout our lives, we would still forgo the notion of fixing ourselves. This is not to say that women are broken, quite the contrary. We, as women, have such a powerful underlying potential to grow and to realize the dreams we covet. So why not be there for the most important person in your life -- yourself?
These unique photos are Alan's heartfelt contribution to the world in an effort to draw attention to the reality that raising a child with Down syndrome, though difficult at times, is not a burden but a joy to him and his family.
I see the lines. I see the greys. I see the birth year that I have to scroll pretty far down to find when I have to put my age in somewhere. I may be mid-40s but I haven't lost all my marbles. I know what's what. Um, when I remember.
Fear is overthinking what may happen and what could happen. The reality is fear is the unknown over-exaggerated in our minds. It's the enemy, because most things we fear never happen. We just imagine what it would be like if it did.
Love & Sex,
Love And Relationships,
Good News News
There's a zillion reasons why we love women. Here are the first few.
The Optimist Daily presents the best solutions-news of the day and is published by The Intelligent Optimist in collaboration with World Business Academy. Here are five selected stories for today. India's first national air quality index launched this week
It's been three years since the divorce, but it occurred to me this morning that I had something I needed to tell my ex-husband. And it's only this: there were nice times too.
Camp Hometown Heroes,
Honoring Fallen Soldiers,
Pay It Forward,
Finding a $20 bill on a sidewalk or tucked into a coat pocket is an unexpected cause for celebration. But for 8-year-old Myles Eckert it was an opportunity to touch lives.
Here's my advice to those well-meaning "experienced" moms who just want to shake me when they see me frazzled in the grocery store, not exactly appreciating every moment.
Mothers And Daughters,
On one worksheet, the students were supposed to use the vocabulary words they had studied in a sentence. My daughter, however, chose to write a sentence on her own, using none of the required words. The sentence stopped me in my tracks.
Dogs And Toddlers,
Dogs For Kids,
They like to grab stuff that doesn't belong to them and run. My dog likes to steal my kids' toys and take off. My toddler likes to pick up the dog's toys and run away as quickly as possible.
When practiced regularly, it can bring more calm and effectiveness into everyday life, reducing stress and enhancing mental capacity. Here are four ways mindfulness can make you happier.
Each day, as we entered the perfectly manicured grounds -- with not a blade of grass out of place -- the fog gave this golf heaven a halo. We had made it. Two different dreams fulfilled.
In the last decade or so I've dreamt of becoming an FBI agent, author, astronaut, rock star, horse trainer and food truck owner. And as of this moment, I am none of those things.
Trust me when I tell you that there are foster families all around you. Foster families go to your church. Foster children go to school with your children. Foster children are on your children's sports teams. Your children are friends with them, but they don't know they are foster children.
When my husband and I planted a Little Free Library -- a community book exchange -- in front of our Minneapolis bungalow, the response from the neighborhood was immediate, and immediately positive. The miniature library started getting visitors within the first five minutes it was open for business. Neighbors...
As someone who has always shared her home with pets, I have come to develop a special relationship with the family veterinarian. She performed the first check up on Monty when we brought him home as a tiny puppy.