Grandfather’s Wisdom

When I was growing up I was lead to believe that I was bad. This negative view of myself then led to more rule breaking and even more criticism. I truly tried to behave, but no matter how hard I tried I would eventually behave inappropriately and get in trouble. One day my grandfather’s response…

A Gold Mine of Problem-Solvers

  Why do we continue to view individuals with learning challenges as damaged, broken, or less than? Why are we blind to the wealth of knowledge and unique abilities they possess, not in spite of, but because of the unique wiring of their mind? Almost every week I meet someone who is still shackled with…

The Wall

Randy Pausch, in his last lecture, said, “…Brick walls are there for a reason: they are there to prove how badly we want something…” “…A wall is not necessarily created to stop you, but rather to stop the people who don’t want something as much as you do.” Growing up with multiple learning disabilities, I…

We Have a Choice

This wonderful video is a superb reminder of what many of our leading scientists and spiritual leaders have been telling us for decades and even centuries–our thoughts and emotions affect our biology! When we are living a life that makes us happy, we feel better and quite often our health is greatly improved. On the…

Learning Opportunity

We all have moments where we feel genuinely happy, and empowered, but how do you respond when the Universe throws you a curve ball?  Do you get angry? Frustrated? Blame someone? Become a victim?  Make excuses? Or do you have the capacity to stay centered with your heart open, and consciously embrace the “learning opportunity”…