Dec 152016
 

The joy and excitement of holidays!

Laughter, joy, beautiful memories and words of love, wisdom and grace … but what if your experience is more of a season filled with complaining, bitterness, anger, frustration and hurt? 

imageThis post first appeared on 12/15/2015)
Painful events have a way of stacking on top of each other squashing out the ‘wonder-years’, and the warm fuzzy feelings along with them. Throughout the years, events and emotions are sprinkled in our lives that can bring a great deal of joy and wonder … as well as pain and sorrow. The holidays have an almost magical way of bringing every one of them to surface! The music … the smells of delicious food … blinking lights and festivities at every turn ignite feelings of warmth and love, or grief, sorrow and anger. No doubt about it – emotions are all over the place during the holiday seasons!
 
Does the thought of seeing relatives over the holidays set your teeth on edge or fill your heart full of dread? Unresolved issues, assumptions about others, and unresolved childhood memories and beliefs easily undermine many family gatherings. Have you asked yourself “Where are the magic moments of love filled with precious memories and loving words?” First of all … they aren’t magic … they are a choice to be given, and to be received.  
 
Resist the toxic “white elephant” party that is played at too many households; where the pale pachyderm sits in the center of the room, watching … glaring … waiting … and silent. 
 
Give Thanks! Emotions are a sign of life! They are also signals to pay attention to the condition of your heart and our mind.
 
To fix anything, it first has to be noticed. Your thoughts are conscious, unconscious, intentional, and automatic. Reactions to emotions become habitual and unquestioned when not noticed. So, the first step is to ask yourself a few questions when you experience an emotional flush. Here’s a few questions to get you started:
 
  1. Was it anger, shame, frustration or embarrassment that just rose up and made your face flush red?
Feb 172014
 

The road less traveledOn the long road of life, where getting from point A to point B is a daily activity, it’s easy to get lost in the ‘road rage’ energy that comes with interacting with other individuals on the highway of life.

The first step to changing your course, along with your attitude, is to find another route. or, as the poet calls it, “The road less traveled.”

Years ago, I found myself getting caught up in feeling competitive and raging at slow or distracted drivers. I didn’t like how I felt and that feeling usually carried on throughout my day, and into my work.

Jun 262013
 

DreamingAs long as I can remember, I’ve been acutely aware of my very colorful and realistic dreams. I suppose it comes with the territory of being an artist … or maybe I just decided to pay closer attention to them.

There have been times that I have had a dream and it actually came to pass. The most profound dream of all involved my family and unfolded over a span of twenty five years. 

Dreams are filled with symbolism. As an artist and cartoonist, I think in pictures on a continual basis, so the metaphors and images that appear in dreams are a fascinating conversation that I pay close attention to.