Sophia’s hands were holding Dr. Hank’s hands tightly on that stormy but beautiful morning at the hospital. It was finally going to happen. Memories of her time spent with Dr. Hank were pouring at her just like heavy rain outside. She smiled. Dr. Hank smiled too.
Sophia couldn’t contain the tears when she’d first heard the news. Her beloved psychiatrist and therapy, who had become like a personal hero for her, had been diagnosed with ESKD, end-stage kidney disease.
On that early spring morning at her doctor’s office, she had looked intently at Dr. Hank’s deep blue eyes, who were…
This might be the best thing chronic worriers and anxious folks will read today.
For starters, you know how the mind works — you’re probably way too familiar if you consider yourself a worrier. You’re here enjoying your day, sipping wine with friends, or trying to focus on work, trying to learn a new yoga pose, or simply feeding your kids. Then it suddenly wants your attention — like a stubborn, spoiled child, it will eventually get to you after its incessant cries for attention. You’d better give what it needs; otherwise, it won’t leave you alone.
Chronic worriers struggle…
“It’s just not Teddy,” said Caitlin, blankly staring at the orange tabby with big and hopeful eyes at the local PetSmart shelter.
“I know, sweetie. But would you like to feed him at least?” Joanna, Caitlin’s mom, asked, breathing out the heavy musky air of the small compartment where six cats waited for adoption.
“Ok,” Caitlin replied with a tiny smile, giving him a can of tuna in his fish-shaped bowl.
Joanna understood why Caitlin felt sad that her black cat Teddy had passed away. He was a few years older than Caitlin. He had practically raised her, she’d tease…
“Josie?” her co-worker Caroline whispered beside her.
Josie rubbed her eye as she stared at the screen of the computer. She looked back at Caroline. “Sorry, I spaced out.”
“The meeting is about to start.”
“On my way.”
Josie finished sending the email to the insurance company. She couldn’t believe they were denying cover for Mr. Clarkson’s knee replacement after everything the poor man went through. What a bunch of greedy crooks.
Josie entered the meeting room of the Spring Valley Orthopedics and took a seat in the back. She already knew what they were going to discuss. …
My day isn’t going so well so far. I just yelled at my five-year-old for the third time in a row today. But the last time it was worse. I made Sam cry and now I feel like crying. I shouldn’t have been so hard on him. But how could I have explained to a small child about my darkest fear?
Kids are supposed to live worry-free, enjoying their lives until they become one of us. Until they become self-conscious beings full of fears, resentment, and worries.
“I told you not to slam the door like that!” I say, yelling…
Spiritual seekers probably have a list of books they cherish for life. Some of these books have been responsible for huge “a-ha” moments with their magical words, which fill us with inspiring discoveries that touch our souls.
I’ve read many books on meditation, New Age, and energy healing methods. I particularly loved books that explored the concept of letting go the most, as they seemed to remind me of my daily struggles with surrendering to life. I have my favorite books tabbed, highlighted, and kept in special places. …
Casey brushes her Barbie’s long brown hair with a pink brush. It’s hard to brush from the top of the hair to the bottom, so she mostly works on the doll’s “split-ends.” Mom always talks about split-ends, so she’d better do a good job with Barbie.
“Can I ask you a question?” Simon asks, sitting across from her.
“Sure,” Casey says, not removing her eyes from Barbie.
“What is it you want to be when you grow up?”
Casey stops brushing. She’d never thought about that. Her best boyfriend from school, Jensen, wants to be an astronaut. Her best girlfriend…
I just came across an article from CNN on Brazil’s health crisis that just stirred a lot of emotions in me. The very first paragraph of an important session named “The Growing Perfect Storm” reads:
The Covid-19 crisis in Brazil has never been worse. Nearly every Brazilian state has an ICU occupancy of 80% or higher, according to a CNN analysis of state data. As of Friday, 16 of 26 states were at or above 90%, meaning those health systems have collapsed or are at imminent risk of doing so.
That’s the country where I grew up — where I…
“Don’t you wish you had a sibling?” I was asked many times as a child.
I wasn’t sure why people would ask me that question, to which I would promptly respond, “I’m not sure. I don’t think so.”
I didn’t know why having a sibling would make that much of a difference in my life. I had a loving family. I had cousins who were like siblings to me. Why would I want to change any of that?
Growing up with love and attention from my loving parents seemed to be more than enough. …