Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

In traditional 12 Step recovery programs, two of the steps are dedicated to righting the wrongs that have been done--or at least acknowledging them, apologizing for them, and, if possible, making some sort of reparation (not necessarily monetarily) for them. Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 8: Making Amends and Knowing When It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Sometimes, we fail. When I started this series over a year ago, I made a commitment to total transparency. Share everything (that is appropriate to share), hide nothing. Because only when we are totally honest with ourselves, with the people who love and care for us, and with the people who are helping us, can … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 7: Sometimes We Fail

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety

In my previous posts in this series (links available at the end of this post), I've written a lot about many of the facets of my struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. But, one of the things I haven't yet addressed is one of the myths that people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 6: The Myth of Safety

Lessons from Star Wars–“You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned”: How Self-Perception Can Change Everything

One of the things I struggle with most in my life--one of the things I think we all struggle with--is self-perception. It's not necessarily that the way we perceive ourselves is bad or negative, but a lot of the time, I think they way we perceive ourselves is, quite simply, inaccurate. That is something we … Continue reading Lessons from Star Wars–“You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned”: How Self-Perception Can Change Everything

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, part 5: A Road to Wellness (Here We Go)

In my last post, I wrote that I would be starting an intensive outpatient treatment program for anxiety and depression soon. Soon has come! I began the program on Monday, and completed the third day yesterday. One of the rules of the program is that I not discuss treatment outside of the group--with anyone. So, … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, part 5: A Road to Wellness (Here We Go)

Meditation Is Good For the….LOOK! A SQUIRREL!!

In an effort to help myself with my ever-present anxiety, I have started meditating. I'm trying to do it every day--that's the goal. I'm mostly succeeding at that. I've missed a couple of days, but not too many. I try to do it first thing in the morning before I get moving and before my brain really … Continue reading Meditation Is Good For the….LOOK! A SQUIRREL!!

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 4: Where Do We Go from Here?

I started this series of posts a long time ago. In fact, I posted parts 1, 2, and 3 (you can click on the numbers to read them) over a year ago. I had every intention of writing this fourth part back then, but a funny thing happened on the way to writing it...I went … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 4: Where Do We Go from Here?

The Last Day: How My Students Taught Me the Most Important Lesson of the Year

Last days at any job are weird. You sit around all day asking yourself, "What should I be doing?" You could be a good employee and diligently perform the duties of your job up until the very last minute of your last shift, but who would you be kidding? You have no real investment in it, so … Continue reading The Last Day: How My Students Taught Me the Most Important Lesson of the Year

Even Princes Panic

He is, officially, Prince Henry of Wales. Currently fifth in line to the British Throne; the youngest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Heir Apparent to the Crown, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales; grandson of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. He is known … Continue reading Even Princes Panic

My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

This piece, the last of the "My Hometown" series, was originally published in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Grand Saline Sun. For the second time in two years, our county has been rocked by the worst Mother Nature has to offer. At 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I was seated at my computer anxiously awaiting … Continue reading My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)