Do not think that you will find truth or justice in a court of law where two sides are equally interested in telling only part of the story. That is a last and often ill-advised resort. Whenever possible, resolve issues sooner and in more constructive ways. Whenever you hear someone say, “The evidence says…,” or…

Rare But Never Wrong

We always have the freedom to treat others well—employees, customers, clients, contractors, vendors, colleagues and strangers we meet on the street. It’s never wrong to treat people with respect, regardless of status or circumstances—ours or theirs. It is never wrong to be kind, even in the face of disagreement or communication breakdown. These things are…

As a mother, I’ve learned that it’s possible to hear and acknowledge the pain of more than one person at a time, but each must be heard and acknowledged individually. To stand with one is not to ignore another. Every story of suffering is unique, as is every story of kindness and generosity. I reject…

One Up

Years ago in a law school mediation class, I learned that what people desire more than anything else is to be heard. It is a prerequisite to negotiation that leads to outcomes recognized as mutually beneficial, even when both give something up. It’s a prerequisite to healing and moving forward in a positive direction. Hearing…

On Us

We don’t get out of this life with a list of excuses or a long list of people to blame. In the end, it’s on us to care enough. To love enough. To recognize the value that came our way, whether or not we embraced it. To acknowledge the long list of people who invested…

Reunited

The piano, a family heirloom, was my parents’ first piece of furniture. I grew up swinging my legs on that bench. The cello was part of my father’s vast collection of instruments. In the afternoons after school, I would huff on a flute or saxophone, strum a guitar or banjo, and saw on my little…

Don’t Assume

If someone rejects your view or opinion, it’s worth trying to understand why. That requires listening and examining it from the outside. Don’t assume that rejection equates to misunderstanding. They may see a bigger picture than you do, or at least see something you miss.

Among Friends

If you never hear anything but affirmation and assent, you may be surrounding yourself with all the wrong people. It’s not always a sign that you’re among friends.

A Cat’s Purr

I find it both fascinating and daunting how hard it is to measure or place a value on prevention. But there’s a young family of a Detroit bus driver who understands its value and who wishes others had as well. It doesn’t take numbers or degrees to comprehend. Perhaps the things with the greatest value…

Too Much

To some you’re too young to know. Too old to understand. Too experienced to be innocent. Too innocent to have half a clue. Too educated to be in touch. Too uneducated to comprehend the complexities. Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Too left to be right. Too right to care. Too…

Freedom

No one can take away our freedom to do good. To be good. To pass good on to others. Governments can’t. Pandemics can’t. The media can’t. Facebook and Twitter can’t. Even in a jail cell we still have that freedom. Sometimes we forget how free we really are to make that choice.

Be One

Never begrudge the ups and downs, the goods and bads, the in-betweens. The best present in life is someone who stays. Those who don’t have one can be one. 💞 “Friendship is a sheltering tree.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge