Gratitude is an amazing tool that can turn any situation around. Be grateful for all that you experience (the ups and the downs) and every one you meet along your path. Make gratitude part of your daily practice and watch as all of your intentions (and even things you hadn't quite thought about) come true quickly making way for more expansion and growth.
As parents, it's damn hard to sit back and let our kids suffer disappointment, heartache, pain, fear, and rejection. It's a tough swallow to allow other people to treat our kids in ways inconsistent with our own worldview, albeit ultimately for their own good. Nevertheless, to truly prepare our kids for the real world, we must know when it's time to step out of the way.
Lucky is more than a dog; he is a symbol. For some, he is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, a canine "It Gets Better" story. For others, he is an affirmation of life and hope. To me, he is the best of what it means to be a dog: remaining positive, living in the moment, providing unconditional love.
As we head into 2015, you can read list after list of resolutions you should make, advice you should take, and lessons you should carry with you into 2015. But at the end of the day, I've come to see that there are five standouts from this year -- fundamental truths that will change your world if you let them. They've changed mine.