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How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

You’re not supposed to stand on the top three rungs of a ladder. I did it anyway, even though I recognized at the time what a bad idea it was. This was a 32-foot extension ladder. Even leaned against a wall at a precariously straight angle, it had not brought me...
When Love Seems to Fail

When Love Seems to Fail

Believe it or not, there is some illusory glamor attached to being a perfectionist. That’s why I misdiagnosed myself as one for many years. You see, despite the misery and exhaustion that can accompany perfectionism, our culture nevertheless still whispers to us that...
Dreams and Illusions

Dreams and Illusions

If you spend your life pursuing happiness, it will always elude you. That’s counterintuitive. So, let me explain by way of a story. I totally bombed a timed essay competition in high school. The topic was the American Dream. Sister Charleen taught me to write. In her...