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When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

I remember listening to Joel Osteen give a talk a couple years ago, and he shared an idea that has always stuck with me. Walking Through Difficulty and Struggle He was talking about how to walk through difficulties and struggles. I know there are times when I struggle...
3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Escape Your Difficulties

One of my favorite movies is the Shawshank Redemption. The movie tells the story of Andy Dufrense, a banker who is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Eventually, Andy regains his hope and the movie ends with, you guessed it, his...
How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

My family has a tradition at Thanksgiving for each of us to share a few things we are thankful for. Maybe your family has a similar tradition. I think it’s valuable to think about and express the things we are grateful for. A New Twist on an Old Tradition A few years...
Amor Fati: Even When You Fracture Your Coccyx

Amor Fati: Even When You Fracture Your Coccyx

Amor Fati means love of fate. How can we not just accept our circumstances, but actually love them? You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you respond to it. You can choose to find the opportunity in your obstacle. Many times this...
Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

I watched a movie recently called Collateral Beauty. The film focuses on the life of Howard, played by Will Smith. Howard is struggling, because he recently lost his daughter to a rare form of cancer. He is checked out on life, and his friends try to bring him back....
Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

Fortitude and Engaging Our Obstacles

We all experience difficulties and obstacles in our lives. Sometimes they are little, but sometimes they are big. For example, a few years ago, my good friend Jamie Aten was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I walked with him through a very difficult and scary time...
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