Acting with Kindness & Patience isn’t Always Easy …

The other day I got to thinking about how I’d like to treat my family vs. how I actually treat them. I found a disparity between the two, and realized I have some work to do if I want to give my wife and boys more of the following:

– Respect
– Love
– Understanding
– Wisdom
– Knowledge
– Belief in themselves
– Nurturing
– A feeling of being protected
– A feeling of being cared for
– Financial comfort

I share these thoughts with you because in the face of exhaustion and stress, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of what’s most important in our lives. Taking a moment to be mindful about how we treat our family can help us refocus.

The result? A happier, healthier personal (not to mention professional) life.

And remember, you are not alone …

Who’s Nurturing Your Heart?

Just yesterday morning, my son Max asked me to draw him a smiley face heart. I was running late for work (as usual) and had forgotten. On my way out, I told him I’d
e-mail him one. This wonderful drawing is what I found.

Later, I asked Max what he thought about the drawing. He said, “it makes me think about you.” His response made me realize that in an energetic & spiritual way, I am holding all of my family’s hearts in my hands and they are holding mine. Even when I’m 45 miles away at work there is a connection, a tugging, and yes a nurturing.

It is so beautiful that our children nurture our hearts, as we do theirs. I think sometimes we get so caught up in taking care of them, we lose sight of the moments when they take care of us.

What a huge responsibility this is. And what a joy.

Beneath all of the junk that goes on every day the tantrums, exhaustion, cooking, cleaning, work, errands and the seemingly ever-present stress over money… beneath it all is this incredible lifeline.

A few hours after I had these thoughts, I was graced with the arrival of two complimentary books from Mark Brady, Ph.D. I’ll be giving both books (and Mark) the attention they deserve in an upcoming post. But first I’d like to share something that caught my eye within seconds of opening his book, A Little Book of Parenting Skills.

There’s a mini chapter called, Make Your Kids “Heart Smart,” that states the following:
“The heart is the most powerful organ in the body, generating a magnetic field 5000 times stronger than any other organ. The brain’s power pales by comparison. Brugh Joy, a medical doctor and wisdom teacher, has written that whether we know it or not, all hearts continually exchange energy and information with other hearts.”

The mini-chapter goes on to discuss more well known attributes of the heart like, “listening and responding to our children with compassion and concern.”

Mark’s books arriving at that moment goes far beyond coincidence. It was a synergistic moment in time where a simple picture e-mailed to my son manifested into a very deep insight.

Who’s nurturing your heart? I hope that you have many people that are doing so. Be mindful of the nurturing. Give it freely, and accept it with gratitude.

And remember, you are not alone…

You can find many of Mark’s books, including this one, through, Paideia Press (414-828-6275,, or many fine online book retailers.

As for the art created by AJ, I’m still looking for the source of where this came from. I’d like to give the artist credit.

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