Fulfillment is Way Overrated!

 The mantra of “personal fulfillment” occupies many minds and hearts. Built into us is a desire for completion, for knowing our lives matter. Yet striving for personal fulfillment is an overrated goal. Let me explain. The word itself tells part of the story: being...

Who are My Friends?

Facebook has put the word “friend” into the mouths and minds of millions.  We now can gather hundreds of people into our cyber-friend category.  But…who are the people you can count on as real friends?  Most of us intuitively know what real friendship is all about. ...

Thanks, but No Thanks!

I really don’t have much I wish to be thankful for.  I am not thankful that a huge number of my brothers and sisters continue to suffer from the recession.  I am not thankful that my neighbors’ homes are under water, sometime literally!  I am not thankful that I can’t...

React or Respond?

Okay, full confession: I have centuries of Southern Italian blood coursing through my veins.  And I’m half Sicilian, so given that Island’s history I probably have Arabic, Greek, French, Latin, and North African influences.  So it’s no surprise that I react strongly...

Emotions vs. Affect: Part 1 of 2

I can be a very “emotional” person at times.  I have strong reactions both to the good and the bad in life, both to beauty and horror.  I tend to shed tears whenever I am in awe or hit between the eyes with human tragedy. How would you describe your emotional...