Listening

I think I am becoming a better listener during this pandemic period.  At least I have become a better listener with birds.  I notice the sounds of birds more than ever before when I’m in the woods with my dog.  I sometimes even take the time to tell the birds, “You...

Patience

I was waiting in line to get into a store and found myself feeling impatient.  We never used to have to wait in line to get into a store.  We only had to wait in line once we were in a store and wanted to pay to get out of the store.  This pandemic period has us doing...

Longing

A loyal blog follower tells me what a tough time it is for youth soccer coaches.  This makes sense, given that coaches need players to do their jobs.  I wonder if coaches will appreciate all of their players more once their seasons resume.  Some coaches only...

Growing Stronger

I want to keep growing stronger during this pandemic period.  I don’t want to be the kind of psychologist who can only live vicariously through the growth of his clients.  I want to practice what I preach—even though I don’t do much preaching.  My downside as a...

Things We Tell Ourselves

I try to tell myself reassuring things during these worrisome times.  The most common thing I will tell myself is: things are going to be okay.  I tell myself this because most of our worries relate to things not being okay.  Most worries are about the future.  They...