Monday's Pleasure Peek was the perfect metaphor for what I observe and experience on a daily basis: "Ships don't sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don't let what's happening around you get inside and weigh you down." My comment on that bit of advice from an unknown source was: "Just 'cause it's there, you don't have to take on water." It's simple. A boat floats on the ocean or lake or river. Each of those bodies of wate
Pain is one of the most insistent teachers we have. When I taught 8-week, stress management programs we would devote one, whole class just to pain -- its messages, significance, and gifts. Yes, pain can be a gift. I bet you're thinking I've been out in the sun too long, right? What do we usually do at the first sign of pain? Whatever it takes to make it go away. The problem with this is that what we resist, persists, especially pain. I'm talking about pain that we sometimes l
The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The second paragraph in the first article states that people have the inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In other words, the way I see it, we all have the privilege to be happy and, in fact that should be one of our main goals in life. More often than I'd like, I hear people wish they were happier. They hope it's a destination and change
Last week's blog was all about the passing of my former husband and how sad my adult children and I felt, especially as I reflected on our 21 year + relationship. It was ten days from the time that he died suddenly until the funeral, which really was a celebration of his life. During that time, as we gathered from our different corners of the US, we all had the opportunity to go through various stages of grief and mourning. It was good to have that time and even though the pr
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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support.