I'm Lucky Because...

The pain shot up my leg and into my neck. One quick ankle twist, and I fell to the ground in agony. My dog didn’t even realize that I’d dropped the leash and was lying on the sidewalk. I yelled out, “Hey!” and she stopped and sat down without even turning around. I got mad. “Hey, stupid!” She turned around ...

Gurgling

My stomach gurgled after dinner. I felt a bit queasy, but I didn’t feel like throwing up. I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I needed a quick fix. I didn’t feel like eating, lying down, or doing something active. I’ve dealt with stomach issues all my life. A few years ago, I gave up ice cream, followed ...

Red Light in Traffic

Small Deaths

I heard a loud honk. I snapped out of it and looked up to see that the light was green. I pressed on the pedal to zoom through the intersection. I didn’t know how long the light had been green. I’d been out of it since my father passed. I’d never mourned at this level before. Processing my father’s death ...

Grasping for Perfect

I dropped my son off at school and headed to an offsite meeting. As I pulled out of the school parking lot, I tried to merge into a turn lane. The driver there wouldn’t let me in. A minute later, my phone GPS app crashed. I threw my hands in the air. “Oh my God, I can’t catch a break! ...

Lightning Shot

I stood up, and lightning shot through my back and down my left leg. I had to sit back down. The pain was like a thousand little needles. I had been sitting for too long. I knew keeping my blood flowing to my muscles was very important. But sometimes I got too caught up in my work and forgot, and ...

15 Rules for a Memorable Thanksgiving Toast

A few years ago I tried to give a short toast before a Thanksgiving meal and it bombed. I talked about things my family didn't care about. I started venting about my flailing career and it got a little awkward. Nothing wrong with complaining a little bit, but during a Thanksgiving toast is not a good time. I vowed never ...

laughing man

Choose Laughter

He stopped his car right in front of me, backed into a driveway, and started turning around. “What are you doing!” I screamed at the man. I was on a mission. I needed gas and this guy was turning around right in front of me. As he turned around he drove right by me without a courtesy wave. How could ...

It's How You Feel

We were stuck. As far as the eye could see. Holiday traffic is always difficult to appreciate. Cars lined up on the freeway. I started thinking that it would take us an extra hour to get home. The kids would need us to stop to pee or get a bite to eat. I could feel my neck and my shoulders ...

The Starter

It wasn't a big life event that made me want to change how I dealt with my life. It was maybe the most minor event we all have to do. A hair cut. I was sitting, waiting for my turn and I could feel my tenseness. When she went to the computer and called my name I was already wanting ...

Thank you

Why Gratitude

She handed me a gift. It was my birthday. I opened it. It was portable speaker. The first thing I blurted out of my mouth was... "This isn't the one I wanted." As soon as I said it I regretted it. My wife, who found the gift for me, frowned. I felt like melting into the rug. Just disappearing. I ...