A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

As I made the horrifying transition into puberty, marked by the beginning of middle school, my family both moved from Germany to Washington state and fell apart, as after years of struggle my parents decided to get a divorce.  The Army was reassigning my dad to California, so this meant he’d be largely absent, as … Continue reading A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

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Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt   I’m an umm, “passionate” Seahawks fan. Remember the best/worst Super Bowl of all time? When the Patriots dramatically beat my Hawks in February 2015? As the game was drawing to an end, Seattle’s team was behind and needed to drive the length of the field … Continue reading Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

The other day my wife playfully, but seriously told me: "Christmas is everyday, because it's in your heart."  Laughingly I teased: "My heart must be awfully crowded, with Jesus and Love in there too!"  Seriously, though, I think she has a great point.  What if we lived everyday like it was Christmas?  I bet we … Continue reading Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People