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That Dirty Rag of Discouragement

Christine Carter | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Christine Carter

This life? It's a gift. Even the bad parts. The discouragement. The things that don't go our way.

Remembering Einstein on His Birthday: Welcoming Different Perspectives

Great Work Cultures | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Saturday, March 14, would have been Einstein's birthday. Looking through my Dad's stuff, I came across this photo, which reminded me of all the happy...

What I Do When I'm Having One of Those Days

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I know in my heart that the best days I had before I knew the four most important people in my life can't even hold a candle to my worst day being a wife and mom.

Lessons From A President's Day Accident

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 04.19.2015 | Good News
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Now a year older than Mom was when she and Dad crashed, I am more viscerally aware of life's fragility and finitude, and of the importance of savoring daily gifts.

Vocation vs. Vacation

Zach Dean | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

I thought about what it would be like to go to work because it was my vocation. I wondered what would it be like to wake up every day and feel a strong feeling of suitability for my occupation? How would it change the way I experienced the world if instead of seeing work as a necessity.

Gaining New Perspectives

Tyler Lewis | Posted 04.12.2015 | College
Tyler Lewis

Some lessons can be taught by wise people, and others have to be learned from making mistakes. Learning to appreciate the things that can easily become expected, is the latter.

How This Woman Bounced Back From 'Spiritual, Emotional And Physical Bankruptcy'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living

For the longest time, Lauren Stahl lived her life according to the traditional definition of success, one that those around her seemed to appreciate. ...

6 Simple Steps To Uncovering The Upside Of Stress

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By now it's clear that stress can harm our health in a multitude of ways, and new scientific research reinforcing its negative effects seems to debut ...

The Precipice

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

The last month has sparked some serious discussions about my lifestyle, my future, and the reality of the cost of what I've been putting my body through. Simply put, I was given two choices. Either continue doing what I've been doing and know that it could ultimately be killing me, or make some drastic lifestyle changes and learn to respect my body and get as many beautiful days as I can.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Mardra Sikora | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Mardra Sikora

My job as a human is to become the best possible version of myself. There is no one better than Marcus to teach me how to do that. When I vent to my husband about people's actions I have seen or read, Marcus gently reminds me, "No one is perfect, Mom."

A Letter to My Mother

Jess Ullrich | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Jess Ullrich

I get it now, Mom, when people say that becoming a parent changes your life, and the past three years have made me want to throw myself at your feet and thank you...

The Journey of Being Brave

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

For now, I am celebrating all the good, the pain, the laughter, and all the tears of yesterday. Tomorrow begins another beautiful day in my unique life. Here's to each day that calls upon us to be brave, courageous, and share love unconditionally.

The Worst Times Happen At Our Front Door

Mike Reynolds | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

This isn't a story about regret or failure. I raise my voice because I do a lot as a parent, because there's a lot going on. We all have a lot going on. And kids don't listen all the time, nor should they be expected to.

In Tragedy, Putting Sports in Perspective

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.09.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

When young people lose their lives in sports, it is a bracing slap in the face about why we are involved in sports and a reminder about what is really important (and it's not the results!).

Perspective: The Worst Thing Ever or the Best Thing Ever

John Brubaker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Good News
John Brubaker

If you're in the midst of something difficult, find a way to gain perspective. Approach your challenges with gratitude not resentment; with fascination not frustration.

The Downside of Our Highlight Reel

Lindsay Henry | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Lindsay Henry

These photos we share on social media are a string of moments we choose to capture because we are happy. We take photos of the good times. We want to capture so we can remember. It makes sense.

Turning a Rough Year Into a Happy Ending

Amy Heinz | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I guess what I realized is that no one year stands alone. Somehow they all weave together to create something truly spectacular. So while we can try to wish away all the bad stuff -- to hurry past it and just start over -- there's no such thing as a clean slate.

What I Learned From My First Semester in College

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.28.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

My first semester at the University of Pennsylvania has just ended. I'm flying back home, and I don't know what to think. It's been such a journey from the moment I stepped on campus all the way to today.

Christmas With Cancer: What Matters Most

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

In the end, I would much rather live a life of abundant joy no matter what circumstances I will face. I don't want to spend one holiday bitter, angry, or aggrieved. I refuse to allow the junk in my life to decide the amount of joy and happiness that floods my heart.

A Beautiful Reminder

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

A few weekends ago I experienced one of the most beautiful three days I can remember. The temperature was perfect and the color of the changing leaves...

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.

Climb Our Inner Mountains

John Murphy | Posted 02.11.2015 | Business
John Murphy

Just finished reading an extraordinary short book Mount Analogue, written by Rene Daumal. It is ostensibly about mountain climbing but it is about far more than that.

I Almost Died Twice -- Talk About Perspective

Hans Hickler | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Hans Hickler

As we gain experience, our perspective matures, our insight into what is truly important, matures. But we can accelerate that; we should accelerate that. And it doesn't take shocks to the system to do that.

Too Much Attention On the Sideshow in Oakland: Enough Is Enough!

Lee Bycel | Posted 02.02.2015 | Media
Lee Bycel

Most people are good, hard working and caring people. We want to know about both the good and the bad, the cutting edge events and the problems -- but come on, "breaking news" stories about the sideshow in Oakland is over the top.

5 Things I Used To Judge About Divorcees (Until I Was One)

The Stir | Posted 01.25.2015 | Divorce
The Stir

Never let anyone tell you God doesn't have a sense of humor. Or that pride doesn't go before a fall.