Don’t be defined by failure

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The Olympics were all they promised to be – full of inspirational stories, wonderful feats of athletic ability, and great victories.  But for some, the Olympics may have also been a disappointment, as athletes’ hopes of winning a medal were not realized.

I remember an interview with Olympian Dan O’Brien I heard years ago on the Mully and Hanley show on the SCORE, AM 670 Sports Radio in Chicago.  Dan recounted how he’d been the favorite to win the decathlon at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.  He had been proclaimed “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, but after three bad pole vault attempts during the Olympic trials in New Orleans, he failed to qualify for the 1992 Olympics.  It was a huge defeat.

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Don’t let Alzheimer’s be how you define a person

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“Do not let Alzheimer’s be how you define a person,” is the advice given by Mayo Clinic’s Health Education Outreach Coordinator, Angela Lunde.

Many in the field of Alzheimer’s care are echoing Angela’s sentiments.  For instance, Eric Portnoff, Regional Director of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living, which provides “special neighborhoods for the memory impaired” within their communities throughout the Chicago area, the U.S., Canada and the UK, recently told me, “That is part of the mission of our health care teams, to see something deeper – to show people that we can all look deeper and realize that gifts of wisdom, love and compassion cannot be taken away by a disease”.

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A healing ministry you may not have heard about

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This article first appeared in the Chicago Tribune Community section:

There are many types of professionals in the world of health.  Allopathic medicine has many different kinds of generalist and specialist professionals.  Alternative and complementary medicine also has a long list of various practitioners. But when I am ill, I often consult for treatment with a very different kind of specialist you may not have heard about – a Christian Science practitioner.

Let me show you what I mean.  One day I was quite ill with a fever and headache.  I had suffered most of the afternoon – it was a Sunday and I didn’t want to bother anyone on what is typically a day off.  Finally, the pain was so intense that I called a Christian Science practitioner and asked him to pray for me.  He talked with me only a matter of seconds, assuring me of God’s love for me and that this divine Love heals.  He told me he would pray.  By the time I hung up the phone, I was well.

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How cool is that?

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Who are the coolest people you know?  Someone who, in the last inning, when his baseball team is sure they’re going to lose the game, strides up to the plate and hits a home run?  Or maybe a ballet dancer who can get up in front of a packed audience and dance flawlessly? Or maybe the coolest friend you have is the one who is so unique, so interesting, that he’s really fun to be with?

Ilan Dar-Nimrod, Ph.D., lead author of “Coolness: An Empirical Investigation” found that many people define “cool” with an affirmative answer to these questions: “Do I like this person? Is this person nice t0 people, attractive, confident and successful?”

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What are you reading for your health?

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I love summer!  It is a great opportunity to work in the yard, watch the kids play and of course, do some summer reading.  English playwright, Joseph Addison, once wrote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Dr. Ken Pugh agrees.  Pugh, of Haskins Laboratories, a science institute for language research, associated with Yale University, wrote, “Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain benefits from a good workout every now and then.”

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Anger – you’re busted!

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When someone criticizes you, do you hold back or do you “let them have it” –in a barrage of emotion and harsh words?

Annie Hinchliff, a chartered psychologist working in anger management has stated, “Anger can have a deleterious effect on our emotional well-being.  While some people experience an initial thrill, an angry outburst is usually followed by considerable remorse.”  Sound familiar?

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What is Communion, really?

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Have you ever taken Communion?  If you are a Christian, you may have taken Communion at one time or even many times in your life.  Although Christian theologians have various opinions as to what Communion is, all would agree that it observes Jesus’ giving bread and wine to his disciples at the Last Supper before his crucifixion.  

The Bible relates in the book of Matthew, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

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Declaring our independence from pain

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This piece was originally published in The Chicago Tribune, Community section, at this link:

I love the Fourth of July!  I anticipate cooking hamburgers on the grill, watching the fireworks with my children and thanking God for the wise men and women whose sacrifices gave us this wonderful country.  I am humbled when I think of the genius that gave us the Declaration of Independence, and the courage and strength of those who signed it.

While we often think of issues of freedom in our personal lives, many people today do not feel free because they feel imprisoned in physical pain.  Millions of Americans are turning to prescription and over-the-counter medications to manage their pain.  Unfortunately, this can sometimes turn into a dependency on and abuse of various medications, such as oxycodone.

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What death cannot do

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Once again, our nation grieves the loss of valued individuals – friends, sons, daughters, fellow loved Americans.  We are heart-broken over the recent massacre in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

As these families face the days ahead, they will confront feelings that hate has stopped the life and taken away the presence of someone they love dearly.  But there is a question we can ask that can help heal the overwhelming sense of loss.  That question is, “What can’t death do?”

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No one is Fatherless

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As Father’s Day approaches, I remember an article published in Psychology Today a few years ago entitled, “The decline of fatherhood and the male identity crisis” by Ray Williams.  In it he states, “America is rapidly becoming a fatherless society, or perhaps more accurately, an absentee father society.  The importance and influence of fathers in families has been in significant decline since the Industrial Revolution and is now reaching critical proportions.”

He quotes the research of David Blankenhorn, author of Fatherless America, and chair of the National Fatherhood Initiative, who states that fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, and teen pregnancy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  

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