Attitude

I miss hiking in the mountains.  I’ve never climbed the kind of mountains where you need ropes and equipment—just the ones where a good pair of hiking boots will do.  I have a friend who climbed Mt. Everest last spring, the same season where five people died.  He...

Sacrifices

I learned through team sports how important it is to make sacrifices.  Sometimes what is best for you might not be best for the team.  Sometimes what is best for the team might not be best for you.  When you are a part of team, the needs of the team take priority over...

Assertiveness

A part of my job as a psychologist is to help people to stand up for themselves.  I have helped people stand up to bullies in the form of bosses, coaches, spouses, and peers. The challenge of bullies feels well within my wheelhouse, since my dad talked a lot about...

Romance

I understand that it is a challenging time for single people looking for romance.  This makes sense, considering that it can be hard to meet someone even when there aren’t rules about wearing masks and remaining six feet apart.  I was never worried about germs back...

Meaning of Life

I recently finished reading the book, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor.  I don’t know what meaning it has that I’m reading a book about meaning during this pandemic period.  I suppose the rising death...