Opportunity to Forgive

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. ― Mark Twain

I so much want to be perfect. But, I don’t think that’s going to happen in this lifetime. The path that seems right for me for moving closer to the person I was created to be is […]

Standing Up for Myself

It was happening again. My husband and I were playing chess. As usual, he had me on the run. He played offensively; and, I responded by playing defensively. One day, I realized what I was doing and decided I could play on the offensive just as he did. This time I won! I was a […]


Expectations are premeditated resentments.

— Author Unknown —


Early in our marriage, we once suffered a particularly ugly emotional storm. It was spawned by my expectations of birthday gifts. The problem was not that he didn’t give me a birthday gift. He did. But he bought it at the last minute — on my […]

Joys of a Committed Relationship

Wonderful, happy energies ignite when I make a list of the many joys and gifts that enrich my life as a result of being in a committed relationship. Making this list can be particularly helpful if I’ve been focusing on the negatives in our relationship. My list might look something like this.

Being in a […]