Starting Fresh

by Bethany D. (From a talk) I was asked to speak about starting fresh in the new year and finding ways to spiritually assess yourself and recommit.  I did not realize how difficult this topic is for me, and I kept thinking about environmental factors that relate to these topics, so I am going to speak about the importance of environment and how it affects our ability to start fresh in the new year, or at any given time, later in my talk. What can we do to have a fresh start in the new ...
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Where’s the Real Life Reset Button?

By: Marci M Oops. Did it again. I know better – really I do – but I keep making the same mistakes. Sometimes it’s new mistakes. Maybe it’s a trivial annoying matter, with the result being a dented fender, another few pounds gained, or an offended friend. (I didn’t mean to.) Sometimes it’s a mess-up of colossal proportions; the fallout may be life-altering or even life-threatening. Is there a real life reset button? Or am I stuck forever in this regret and misery? How can I repair the damag...
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How Can I Heal after Traumatic Experiences?

Sonia F. Many dark nights I remember my father coming home, drunk and screaming at my mother. Terrified, I would run and hide, close my eyes tightly and not open them until he had gone. I grew up in a violent home. My father was a drunk, unfaithful to my mother, and very abusive; he would often would hit me and my mom. The atrocities I witnessed there left my heart bruised and scarred. As a girl, I was timid, frightened by practically everything, and very bitter about the things I had live...
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How Do We Overcome Guilt?

By Garrett R One evening, a roommate of mine and I were heading home after getting some dinner, and on the way we passed over a high bridge. As we were going by I happened to notice a woman approach the railing of the bridge. I was a little confused as I watched this woman take her shoes off, and my confusion turned to concern and worry as she began to climb over the railing. As we were passing she looked into the car, straight into my eyes, and did something that I'll never forget--she smile...
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How Do I Deal with Addictive Behavior?

By Katie W I’m only 25, but have already lived a long life. My life struggling with addiction began 15 years ago. I was ten when curiosity turned into pornography addiction. I don’t think I realized I had a problem until I was 13 and the behavior became habitual compulsive action. In school I learned about addictions, but only to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, so I presumed my addiction must not be a problem. Little by little I had awakenings to the true nature of my struggle and it scared...
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Why Forgive?

By Jennifer H “Why is it so hard to let go?” I found myself wondering as I turned thoughts and memories over and over again for the umpteenth time, attempting to make sense of them. For almost three months, I had been trying to accept something incredibly painful that had happened in my life and move on from it. Without going into too much detail on the whole thing, I’ll just say that my best friend had done something that really upset me. And, to be quite honest, it scared me how affected I ...
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