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Successful Recovery

Disclosure…Telling the truth

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Telling the truth is life changing and amazingly scary.  Vulnerability is unavoidable when the truth is made known.  I remember talking to one of my children some time ago after they had lied and covered up something.  Shame was present even though I was very patient and was waiting for an honest connection to happen.  […]

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Risk

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  This week I was traveling back to my home by air.  I encountered not one, but two broken airplanes and needed to find a way home.  In the space of several minutes, I was presented with the choice to take another flight, and probably not make a connecting flight, or stay where I was […]

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Choices in Recovery

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My kids and my wife are taking Taekwondo.  I am not.  I wish I were because they are learning a lot.  Recently one of my sons told my wife, ” I just can’t do it, it is too hard!”  She lovingly reassured him that he can’t say that until he tries.  My son is discovering […]

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Strength

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I have tried hard to be strong in my life, lifting weights, running, swimming.  All of these activities have made me stronger and I have greatly enjoyed doing all of them.  Sometimes when I have been towards the end of a longer run, or lifting that third set of weights, I have not wanted to […]

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Respond or React

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There is such an amazing relational difference between the two!  When I got home today, I was met with what felt like 100 questions from my children in no less than 3 minutes!  I felt the struggle happening within myself as I attempted to balance my desire for relationship in opposition to my inner voice […]

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Struggle

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When I watch my children struggle,  I witness pushing, tickling,  planning to surprise another, and occasionally harming the other sibling.  Most times the harm is unavoidable, and without an intention of hurting the brother or sister.  Sometimes there is an intention to be “top dog”. In relational struggle, all of what I observe in my […]

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Courage

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Courage is required for real change to occur.  As you enter into a therapeutic relationship much is required.  First order changes, where you may believe, “I can change the behavior by myself”, has resulted in disaster at worst, or at least difficult relationships.  Without courage you may be settling for an image of change, but […]

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Can I Hope Now

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  We are in the process of selling a house and very thankful.  As we have journeyed in this uncertainty over the last year we have felt stressed and unsure.  Recently, as I explained part of the process to one of my sons, he looked at my with eyes wide open and said, “Can I […]

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Hiding

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Hiding is usually solitary. Hide and go seek was a favorite childhood game that I played, and my kids still love to engage in counting with their eyes closed and yelling when they reach 50, “Ready or not, here I come!” It is followed by an exciting time of seeking, and being found.  Being the […]

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Coaching and Counseling

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Coaching or counseling, what do you want, or need?  Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches assist clients by using a variety of tools and techniques. Life coaching draws inspiration from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, positive adult development and career counseling.  Relationship counseling is the process […]

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