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Prestige, Power and Possessions

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The above title came from a TED talk I watched recently. In it, the speaker – a contented, wise elder – said that only young people expect that prestige, power and possessions will bring them happiness, and that spending a lifetime searching for them is…

How to Say Goodbye

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I just saw the documentary “Restless Creature” at the Digital Gym in North Park. In the film, New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelen talks about “how to say goodbye” to her thirty-plus year career as a prima ballerina. At the age of 47, Ms….

Consciousness, Change and Humility

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This column is inspired by a phrase in a terrific book I am reading “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life” by Jungian psychologist James Hollis. The author wrote that many of the life’s hardships are “… a summons to consciousness, change and humility”….

Do I Need Anger Management?

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Dear Michael: I am embarrassed to be writing to you, but so what?  I am 37 years old, and angry all the time.   The weird thing is, I don’t know exactly what I’m angry about, but I have to admit that lately my anger seems out…

Old on the Outside

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Recently, a client told me: “I feel old on the outside, but so young on the inside. Why doesn’t anyone see this or understand? I am just learning (in my mid-sixties) how to enjoy myself and not worry about what other people think of me….

How to Live

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The title of this column kept tapping me on the shoulder. For three days, I tried resisting, but, my intuition prevailed; so here we are. Obviously, there is no one way to live. We each do it differently. We are supposed to. We are here…

My Peace Does Not Lie in The World

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How do you find peace of mind? With so many difficult people and situations in our lives, how do we not just lose it over-and-over again? After pursuing peace through many means over the past several decades, I have learned some things that have become…

But I’ll get hurt

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Have you ever met anyone whose heart had never been broken? Me neither. And yet, some people are terrified to date, socialize or fall in love because “I’ll get hurt”. A new client of mine came in and basically told me this story: “I’m such…