World Peace Can Wait. Wish For World Patience. (Part 1)

Ask any beauty queen what she'd wish for if she could only wish for one thing, and she'd probably say, "world peace". And that would make sense since there's a whole lot of fighting (or potential fighting) going on in the world right now. Iran's closer to getting a nuclear weapon. Israel's threatening to strike preemptively. Syria's a complete mess. And more... But I say world peace can wait. What we need right now is world patience. Well, actually, more like...more patience with ourselves and with others. Because, in my humble opinion, in … [Read more...]

Different, But Not Less: What An Autistic Woman Teaches Us About Being Ourselves

Have you seen the movie, Temple Grandin? Maybe I should back up. Have you heard of Temple Grandin? I'm sure you've heard of the actress, Claire Danes...she played Temple in the 2010 Emmy Award-winning movie documenting her life. Diagnosed with autism at a time (1950's) when most doctors recommended institutionalizing children with autism, Temple Grandin, with the help of parents who refused to institutionalize her and a few special teachers and mentors along the way, went from being a stigmatized, misunderstood young woman to a B.A.-, M.S.- … [Read more...]

Video Interview: Talking Labels with Thommi Odom, Personal & Professional Growth Coach

I hate labels. I always have. Oh, not the kind you use to label your kids' clothes for camp or the ones that tell you that that candy bar has only eight grams of fat in it, so you feel like you can eat it without feeling guilty. (It's a Three Musketeers, if you're interested...) No, I'm talking about the labels we use for people. To categorize and classify - and often judge - them. Smart. Dumb. Pretty. Ugly. Fat. Skinny. Dog person. Cat person. It's like our minds have this filing system in which we need to organize people so that we know how … [Read more...]