Dear Future Husband, I’m not waiting. Did you freak out a little bit? If you grew up in certain American Christian subcultures, your mind probably jumped to that awkward night in youth group where all the girls and guys were separated for “the talk.” Chances are you came out of that night with some sort…
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During the NFL American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game played on January 18, 2015, game officials alleged that the New England Patriots used footballs that were inflated to a pressure below the league standard. Some pundits claim that underinflating an American football makes it easier to grip, throw and catch, presumably giving the Patriots an […]
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Didn’t we all marry thinking that we would live happily-ever-after? How many people have you heard say that their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives? “The two shall become one” is a phrase spoken in most wedding ceremonies and yet, do couples understand what becoming one means? Based on what we see…
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B.J. Miller, M.D., is a former palliative care physician and executive director at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California.  He was on a heartfelt mission to “de-pathologize death” and continues on that journey in various forms including public speaking and other related projects.
In this Ted Talk from March 2015, Dr. Miller shares his own story of cheating death by electrocution as a college student (and losing several limbs), leading him on a path towards rethinking death and how to create a dignified end of life.  He encourages a shift in perspective in the end of life and challenges us to think about how to “usher in death with warmth,” when possible.
Dr. Miller speaks of how much he learned from the patients at Zen Hospice, witnessing the changes in their priorities and the rewards of the sensory experiences of just being.   He does not mean to minimize the grief associated dying but encourages space be made for meaning in the time that’s left.
“Maybe we can learn to live well not in spite of death, not because of it.  Let death be what takes us, not lack of imagination.” – Dr. B.J. Miller, M.D.

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I never imagined that God would restore my broken past, or that the pain of divorce would eventually subside. I never imagined that I’d be able to say “I do” again. I know the Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18) . . . I just…
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Dr. Elisha Goldstein, PhD, offers a self-forgiveness practice to help shift our old stories and habit of self-blame.  He suggests that if we adopt a “learning mindset,” growth can occur from the inevitable mistakes we all make in life.
Self-blame is a human dilemma. We may blame ourselves for shouting at our kids or not protecting our siblings from abusive parents when we were young, or hating ourselves for something we wish we hadn’t said. But blame creates a destructive amount of continual stress that holds us back from learning from our mistakes and also uncovering a real happiness.
So, assuming many of us agree that forgiving ourselves and learning from past mistakes is important for our health and well-being, the next question is how do we actually go about forgiving ourselves?
Know that you are not the first or the last
One of the first things to do is understand that you are not the first person who has made this mistake; it has likely been made thousands if not millions of times before you by other people. I am not condoning the action, but simply letting you know that you are not alone and that many people have made this mistake in

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