Stones

When we look ahead to the things that are most important to us – the goals that mean everything to us, it sometimes seems overwhelming and daunting.  Can I do this, or is it too big for me? So we often do nothing – looking at something so large, and doubting ourselves. But the enduring…

Baggage

I can’t remember her name, but I can still see her face. After class she walked up to me and said, “I’m so glad you asked that question.  I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to ask.” The weight came off my shoulders, as baggage was lifted away. If you’ve traveled on an…

Entering the Fast Lane

Rush hour traffic in the Atlanta area sometimes reminds me of navigating through some of life’s challenges. A traffic accident here or there, mixed in with road widening, and drivers who seem to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – slow drivers in the fast lane, and fast drivers in the slow…

Permission Granted

On a warm September evening, it’s hard to imagine the cold winter breeze that swirls around on a night filled with promise and regret. New Year’s Eve is the night when we compile lists.  Lists most likely to be mentally disposed of by the end of January – or even sooner. Promises to do things…

Prepare for the Journey

Cold winds have arrived across Georgia, reminding me that we that Winter is here – and that another season will come. We’re nearing the end of 2012 – looking forward to a new year, filled with new opportunities. Many will say goodbye to 2012 with a sense of “good riddance!” Maybe it was challenging year…

Scrap the Resolutions and Keep the Resolve

I haven’t believed in New Year’s Resolutions for a long time. Like the holiday egg nog, they seem to lack the proper shelf life and they tend to disappoint us when we come up short. Let’s face it, how often does a formal resolution fall flat sometime during the second or third week of January?…

See Past the Panic

Markets in the United States and around the world are sure to react to the recent S&P downgrade of the US credit rating from AAA to AA+. Like many others around the world, I have been glued to the Debt Ceiling debate and have watched all of the economic indicators carefully during the past few…