Pity

One thing no one really tells you about being a parent is that there is no sympathy for a dented ego when you find that you're not as influential over your kids as you wish you were. I see parents feeling sorry for their kids to the point of condoning behaviour that will only harm [...]

The Edge of Being Broken

Life has a way of beating you down while lifting you up. It's often a morbid combination of how we perceive the value we wish to add to the lives of others, versus how they perceive that value themselves. As much as we may strive to separate the two, it is impossible to do so. [...]

Seeping Arrogance

No one simply decides to be arrogant, even though the obnoxious nature of some may convince us that such a deliberate decision was taken at some point. Arrogance is one of those under estimated traits that contaminate our character as we progress in our efforts for success in this life. The more correct answers we [...]

Taken for Granted

It's not always a bad thing to be taken for granted. It really all depends on who is taking you for granted, doesn't it? When we incline towards selflessness, being taken for granted is comforting. It means that those around us find us to be dependable for what it is that they need from us. [...]

Dancing in the Rain

Walking through a curio shop, I saw a frame proclaiming that life is not about avoiding the storm, but rather about learning to dance in the rain. That sounds profound, and childishly innocent. But as life wears on, we grow to realise that it's even more important to choose carefully which storms we dance in. [...]

Gratitude

I think gratitude runs much deeper than how we acknowledge those around us. Far too often we limit our expression of gratitude to affirmations, validations, or gifts. In some cases it's my irksome peeve, the celebration of token events, like birthdays, mother's day, father's day, and the like. I think that if we stop for a [...]