The Unrelenting Season of Catastrophes

A few weeks ago we heralded the Helpers of Houston and pointed out how helpers benefit from assisting those in crisis through the release of the stress hormones that bring a sense of connection and reduces the body’s anti-inflammatory response helping to bring a sense of semblance to even the most difficult situation. Since then, the crises have continued in Florida and just this past week across Puerto Rico. First responders and neighbors are pitching in and doing everything they...

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Back to School…for Everyone

I pulled a colorful leaf off of one my neighborhood trees and have it by my computer to remind me of the changing season. As if the fall colors aren’t enough, the early arriving school buses welcoming yawning students is a fail proof assurance that summer is over and we’re off to a new school year. Like January 1, I like to use this back to school month to reflect on my accomplishments and consider what I want to push...

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Be Quick But Don't Hurry

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach for UCLA would begin each of his training camps instilling this (and other messages) into the minds of his young players. He must have been doing something right as the UCLA Bruins of the 1960s and 70 won 10 NCAA basketball championships and an amazing 7 in a row! We are generally familiar with the idea of moving quickly. We see an emergency or an issue that needs resolving and we want to take...

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The Resilience Of Helping

While our hearts go out to the victims of Harvey, we’ve heard story after story about the people who reached out to help those in need. Alison Regan and her family, who found themselves on dry ground in a Houston suburb, know they needed to help and took out their inflatable kayak and found 15 elderly couples who were surrounded by water in their homes. One of the people has a severe heart condition and they wound up steering the...

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