Posts by GrowthSkills

Lessons from Alice in Wonderland by Maureen Price

In Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, there is an interesting exchange with Alice and the Cheshire Cat. Alice has come to a fork in the road and doesn’t know which direction to go. She must choose a path – one way or the other, she is in a quandary. Alice looks up and she…

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Your Influence Matters! By Maureen Price

I invited Brad Formsma, author of I Like Giving, to my office to share his thoughts about  his experience at one of our workshops. I like talking to Brad; he has always helped me to think differently about whatever subject we are talking about. Our conversation started with the topic of generosity (no surprise there)…

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What Does Generosity Mean To You? By Maureen Price

Lately, I have been giving a lot of thought to generosity. Perhaps this is due to the time of the year. The past Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to be thankful for what we have and to reach out to others who are less fortunate. But, as Henry mentioned, should we need a holiday to remind…

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The Purpose of Emotions by Douglas G. Pierson, M.S., LMFT

Have you ever asked yourself “What is the purpose of my emotions?” As a therapist, one of my roles is to help people accept and sit with their emotions. Yes, that means to feel them. We don’t generally like to feel our feelings, do we? Especially the negative ones. We either shove them down or…

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Grief, the Key to Letting Go! By Dr. Michele Fleming

Grief is how we honor what we have lost. The most common example of grief is mourning the death of someone we loved, but we also grieve the loss of other things such as a marriage or significant relationship, a job or opportunity, a pet, our health, or a dream.  We are all familiar with…

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Transitions: An Unexpected Opportunity by Matthew Hooper

Recently, my family and I moved from the only city and home we’ve known to a new place. We did so believing this change promised many positive outcomes, especially for our children. We also knew there would be some challenges. As expected, uprooting our lives has been both exciting and stressful. When we initially looked…

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The Power of Being Positive by Maureen Price

The box arrived in my driveway exactly when it was supposed to, except I wasn’t expecting a box, I was expecting a chair. I was alarmed to discover my chair, the chair I ordered, had been put in a box; a box considerably smaller than the chair I was expecting. I was annoyed. I shoved…

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Self-Care – the path to renewal by Eileen Callahan L.C.S.W.

If you listen to the media, you could believe that this is the most self-absorbed generation of people ever to walk this planet. Sometimes it does feel that way. And while tracking sociological trends is outside my field, after decades working as a psychotherapist and coach, I’ve come to trust my own perspective on humanity.…

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The Problem with Guilt by Randall Rheinheimer, Ph.D.,MFT

Is there a problem with guilt? Is it good or bad? Is it necessary, and if so, what purpose does it serve? Many psychological theorists have held guilt to be pathological. However, other theorists believe it to be an aspect of morality. Freud believed that guilt was necessary, without it, he believed there could be…

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Confession by Dennis Del Valle

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” One evening my 7-year-old son, Elisha, and I were talking and he started asking questions, as a 7-year-old does. He asked about money and how…

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Perfectionism by Kimber Del Valle

I consider myself a recovered perfectionist. In my youth, my perfectionism helped me succeed and achieve great things – valedictorian, top female scholar-athlete in both high school and college, president of clubs – too many to list, active in church ministry positions and on and on. However, what festered underneath my achievements was a depression…

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