Take a page from a gardener’s handbook. Preparation is the key to growing a good garden. If we want a wall of roses, a carpet of grass, and shade trees in the heat of summer, we need to prepare ...

Many things can be important to us. Our spouse. Oh, that’s a good one, to have a person we’ve searched for from youth, someone to hold us and support us in our time of need. Things with ...

It’s natural to avoid conflict. We want to go along to get along. Who can understand the person who creates disruption just to get a rise out of people? There’s enough trouble for today without ...

Ownership can mute our enjoyment of things. We become caught up in paying the bills for repairs or having to juggle our time spent in maintenance. We look at our new car and despair at the payment ...

No one steps in mud on purpose. Or falls off the dock or burns their hand. They’re called accidents for a reason. They are unintentional, and we avoid them whenever possible. Yet, adrenalin ...

Good parenting doesn’t mean we constantly applaud our children. If we go overboard in the praise arena, our kids become callous to our enthusiasm, and it takes an ever-higher level of praise to ...

Responsibility can be overwhelming. We have our family to care for, bills to pay, and we can’t let our retirement planning slip for even one day. Then there’s our house to maintain, the family ...

We look across the world at devastations that move us to help. An earthquake in Mexico. Volcanic activity in Indonesia. Drought in Africa. All these are worthy projects for us to jump into, for our ...

Duty. That’s a word no one wants to hear. Merriam-Webster tells us it’s a form of respect; an obligatory task; a moral or legal obligation. Webster’s also says it’s something we’re ...

Speaking our minds is often a sure-fire way to get into trouble. We’ve all done it, spoken before we considered how it would sound. We’ve dealt with the backlash, too, when we’ve angered those ...

We want our children to be a reflection of us. Well, parts of us, the good parts we don’t mind sharing with the world. It’s that “do as I say and not as I do” thing that’s so easy to fall ...

Every generation learns anew. Everything: manners; self-control; monetary principles. We build on the knowledge of our forebears, but we must learn how to operate within the confines of our society ...

That’s about it, too. We fall into love, head over heels, like tripping into a chasm that swallows us wholly and completely. The thing is, we don’t want to climb out, either. We’re happy in ...
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