Most of us can barely muster a fleeting moment of calm before yet another notification buzz demands our attention. As a result, Americans currently spend an average of nearly 7 hours a day glued to their tiny screens, or the equivalent of an unpaid full-time job. This lack of control over attention produces disastrous effects on mental health, such as increased risk of stress, depression, and anxiety, while the impact on our relationships can be catastrophic. Continue reading “Put the F**king Phone Down: Life. Can’t. Wait.”
The topic of death terrifies most of us. Facing our own mortality is neither a pleasant thought, nor is it one that most of us would choose to entertain on a daily basis. Even as I type the word “death,” I am suddenly reminded of the absolute truth that all of us will die, including myself and all of those whom I love — or not.
With this week’s passing of Westboro’s infamous Fred Phelps, I am reminded once again that death comes for us all. It matters not how we live our lives, for death is an immutable event and one of life’s few universal commonalities, though the chosen trajectories of each life may dictate the timing of our day of ultimate atonement. Continue reading “Write Your Own Obituary”
Today, I saw a man infected with rage.
Shaking his fists with furrowed brow
Belying his cry of war.
Today, I taught my children peace.
In war, there are no victors.
Anger spreads only the disease of hatred.
Today, I heard a child curse.
Racial slurs and innuendo
Tarnishing a young mind.
Today, I taught my children respect.
There are so many ways to wrap a present,
But no matter what, they all are gifts.
Today, I saw faiths mock one another.
You’re wrong and we’re right,
Each said, one to the other.
Today, I taught my children to care.
No matter who is right, my darlings,
With love, you will never fail.
Today, I saw the depth of despair
Alone in the street, with nothing to eat,
While people passed, unaffected.
Today, I taught my children hope.
Hope for change, hope for the best,
Hope to be strong, and hope to rise.
Today, I heard touting in arrogance.
Bravado, braggadocio, and brass,
Superficial, scornful swagger.
Today, I taught my children humility.
Sometimes the strongest remain unknown.
While the greatest among us will serve.
Today, I saw a world in turmoil.
Every woman and man for themselves,
Stirring the chaotic downward spiral.
Today, I will ignore the world.
Today, I will make a difference.
Today, I will make a gift to the world.
Today will become tomorrow,
While tomorrow will become better,
For today, I have taught my children.