Ginger-Bella My Emotional Support Animal

When I came upon my second dog, Ginger, I was moving toward a dreadful, dangerous, depression. I avoided antidepressants because I wanted to die. At the time, I don’t think I would have harmed myself, but I had started privately dreaming the universe would do the job for me. That my plane would crash or …

Here’s What I’ve Learned

I’ve learned that you cannot make someone like you. All you can do is be someone who is true. The rest is up to them; I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back; I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy …

The Pain We Create

My pain is self-chosen. At least I believe it to be. That belief, the some would concur, is well-founded. Pain is a choice. Now before you get upset hearing that, wait a second. I'm not talking about physical pain. You don’t choose the stabbing pains from a knife wound or a back injury. It’s not …

Our Christmas Gift

Much last-minute shopping and preparation have taken place this week with the celebration of Hanukkah and Christmas. Many of us will exchange gifts, give thanks to those around us while sending cards to those who are afar. For some, the holidays are the season of faith, hope, gratitude, giving, and, most of all, sharing these …

Pain is Growth it’s Never Negative

Difficulties are meant to galvanize, not discourage. Our human spirit grows strong by conflict. To ask "why" can be the first step to bringing about change and transformation. Realize, attempting to avoid a pain-free life is not realistic. Real holistic growth cannot flourish in zones of comfort. It is our responsibility not to become stuck …

Live The Truth

Time and time again, we hear teachers, leaders, family members, and life coaches telling us, ’To say what is right, to do what is right, to be comfortable swimming upstream or rejecting the choices of the masses.’ What usually goes without saying alongside these inspiring calls are, ”If you see fraud, say fraud” or “If …

Rise Above!

I've come to realize, each day is an opportunity to break out of your box by liberating the mind and spirit to explore the outer depths of who you are. When we step outside our comfort zone, we join the world of ’disruptors’ seeking to live a bigger, more outrageous, and courageous life filled with impact …

Common Sense

A team mate does something not very smart, causing you to scream out loud, “where is your common sense? Why didn’t you let your common sense take over?” In fairness, we never explain common sense. We assume that everyone can determine the obvious. Common sense is something we all know we should possess, yet we …

It’s Okay To Fire Your Parents

For most people, it's unimaginable for a grown man or woman to choose to stop all contact with their parents. The people who provided food, clothes, and shelter, attended dance classes, volunteered at school, or cheered from the bleachers during every Rugby game don't deserve to be abandoned in their old age just because they …

Don’t Give a F…

It is human nature to care deeply. When we put our notions of fortune, fame, happiness, and success aside and get to the core of humanity, it all seems like this constant search and discovery to feel recognized, accepted, valued, appreciated, and loved. You following my blog or the Vatic Foundation indicates the importance of …