Food is for Nourishment, Sleep is for Rest

Let things do what they are supposed to do, and nothing else. This sounds simple, but we often use things for purposes other than what they are intended or designed for. This lies at the heart of many of the things we struggle with. This can happen in funny or...

Pain Hurts, and Other Insights

If I am building an orphanage for children who have no home with my bare hands and I accidentally smash my thumb with a hammer, it will hurt. It will hurt and I will cry and everyone will feel sorry for me, because of the super nice thing I was doing. Now, if I am...

The Freedom of Indifference

I didn’t know it was Elie Wiesel who articulated it until I looked it up for this blog, but one of my favorite concepts is the idea that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. I think as counselors we get a lot of mileage out of this, especially with...

Being Content with Discontent

Self-control. The one thing that would probably fix most of our problems if we just had more of it. Religions are dedicated to it, the self-help sections of book stores promise it, motivational speakers tell you how to get it. The Stoics praised it, mindfulness both...

Superman Isn’t Brave

There is this scene in the movie Angus where the title character’s grandfather asks him if Superman is brave. Angus answers that of course he is, he’s Superman. He does all sorts of brave stuff and is always running around saving people and fighting crime. The...

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