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Take a Break From The Fake

Letting your deepest hurts rise to the surface might sound like the most frightening idea imaginable, but doing so in a trustworthy setting is a crucial step toward discovering freedom from the shackles of despondency. ~ Philip Newman It was the best lunch ever and it had nothing to do with food. I don’t even remember how I met Phil. One day he just appeared on my Facebook page. We’ve only met in person two other times. I know he’s around my age. He’s a believer. He’s married with kids. He’s witty and he plays basketball. I liked him right away. I asked him to lunch because of a blog he wrote about depression, specifically these words: “I am on …

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We Don’t Know Them

He could make everybody happy but himself. ~ Garry Marshall The sudden and tragic death of Robin Williams reminds me of four words I try to remember: We don’t know them. One day I was in the green room at Fox & Friends in New York when I recognized the man next to me pouring himself a cup of coffee. I said to him, “Hey, you’re David Cassidy!” He took a sip from his steaming cup and replied, “Yep.” We went on to have a nice conversation. I told him how much my sister loved him, how she owned every one of his records, and how she used to hang Tiger Beat pictures of him all over her bedroom walls. …

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Mom’s Right

True love cannot begin until the “in love” experience has run its course. ~ Gary Chapman My mother told me something early in my marriage I’ll never forget. She said, “Trust me when I tell you that love changes. I don’t feel the same way about your father as I did when I first met him; it’s different and it’s better.” I didn’t understand. Today I do. For couples, love begins with intoxicating intensity. All you want to do is be together. Nothing else in the world matters. Over time, that intensity diminishes, not because you love each other less, but because the force by which love takes flight cannot be sustained. It reaches cruising speed. Sadly, this is when …