Tag: friendship

When is an Act of Love Not an Act of Love

  When is an act of love not an act of love? Its when that act is attached to personal gain. I love my friend Harry. In this moment, I want to stop him from doing something very foolish and could be life-threatening. Yet, what I’m experiencing isn’t founded on love. It’s found on a need to gain control and to experience self-righteousness regarding my assumption that Harry doesn’t know better than to choose what he’s about to choose, and that I know better than him. I question my motives in this moment and find myself wanting. The question is:

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O is for Obligation

One evening as I was laying in bed, preparing for a restful night of slumber, a voice from inside my head said: "I want to live my own life?" I was shocked with this outburst as I am one of the most independent individuals I know; I live a thousand miles away from my husband, on a secluded island off the coast of Washington; I work independently and live happily in my very solitary existence. What more is required for me to live my own life? I realized later, that though I live and work alone I carry many people

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