Why I Quit Being Nice
Allison Vesterfelt
By Allison Vesterfelt

When I graduated high school, a friend said something to me I’ll never forget. She said, “Ally, you’re so nice. You might be the nicest person I know. I’ve never heard you say a bad word to or about anyone, and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word to or about you. Never change.” […]

Are Your Mistakes On Display?
Al Andrews
By Al Andrews

I don’t watch a lot of baseball. But when the World Series comes around, I watch a game or two. That way when people are talking about it in the line at Starbucks, I can say something like, “How ‘bout them Mets?” My hope is they don’t try to engage in conversation about it and […]

Could Your Next Step Be Easier Than You Think?
Hillary Rector
By Hillary Rector

A couple of summers ago my husband and I were canoeing for the afternoon during a time when I was just getting ready to finish graduate school and looking ahead to whatever would be next. My husband, kindly prodding me (albeit in a small boat on a quiet river from which there was nowhere to […]

What is Keeping You From Loving Yourself?
Lisa Gungor
By Lisa Gungor

Love yourself. Love yourself. Love yourself. I used to not put much value on the above words. I suppose the idea seemed kind of selfish. I just thought loving others well was all that mattered. But if we do not value and love ourselves, that lack shows up, everywhere.