Growth

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions with two psychology-based strategies

Imagine one day you hear a knock at your door, and you open it to find a friendly man who introduces himself as a local volunteer for safe driving. He proceeds to ask if you would be willing to place a public-service billboard on your front lawn while showing you a photograph of the very […]

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Here’s what happens when you start showing up

It may be time for you to just start. To not waste any more moments. To not wait on perfection. But to just get up from the floor, with wobbly knees, and start moving imperfectly into that thing that fear is always trying to hold you back from. I can’t even begin to count the […]

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9 lessons learned this ‘Savoring Simplicity’ season on The Do Gooders Podcast

In the latest season of The Do Gooders Podcast, each of the guests, in conversation with Caring Magazine editor Christin Thieme, took a closer look at how we can take control of our lives and restore peace during these turbulent times. It examined how The Salvation Army has aided communities in need during the pandemic […]

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You owe me, God

“How’s Tim?” would be my anxious, recurring question to my wife Win in those calls from overseas. The first signs of my son’s Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease with no known cause and no known cure) had appeared in his mid-teens. Although our son enjoyed periods when the discomfort and pain eased, the respites […]

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My pain was not the end of the story

By the time Martin Luther found himself sequestered in Wartburg Castle, he had sparked the religious movement we’ve now come to know as the Protestant Reformation. But in the years before the Reformation, before the councils and debates and disputations, Martin Luther was a monk. It all started on a summer day as Luther was […]

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How to examine your anxiety, and why

The interior examination of anxiety is a powerful practice to engage in. To be anxious is to be human. But to be regularly shaped by anxiety diminishes our human­ity. Therapist and pastor Peter Steinke noted two types of anxiety: acute and chronic. Acute anxiety is situational and time based. It is a momentary loss of […]

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9 lessons learned this season on The Do Gooders Podcast

In the latest season of The Do Gooders Podcast—The Refining—our guests, in conversation with Caring Magazine editor Christin Thieme, took a closer look at how we can use this unique moment in time to take a step back and evaluate the way we live.  Are we going to take this opportunity to evolve? Are we […]

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10 mental health resources to bring you hope and peace

Things are tough right now, leaving us with a range of emotions we may not have experienced before. We try to seek any semblance of normalcy, and amid that, we forget that the stress of it all is bound to take a toll on our mental health. In fact, a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll […]

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How to prevent burnout while serving others in crisis

The coronavirus pandemic. Wildfires and hurricanes. At-home schooling. Work deadlines. Doctor’s appointments. Checking in on neighbors. Friends. Family. Children.  Ask yourself: when was the last time you came up on the to-do list? If you paused as long as most of us did to think of the answer, you’re not alone. An estimated 40 million […]

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What’s bugging you?

“Notice when you are bugged.” That statement stopped me short as I was reading Gem and Alan Fadling’s book. “What Does Your Soul Love?” The things that bug me can form a low hum in my brain throughout a day. They can spoil—or threaten to spoil—the other lovely moments of the day. I took that […]

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Living ‘wide open’ to find love, liberation

My life’s experiences are like photographs—where dark and light, sun and shadow collide to create stories forever burned in my retina. When I first started playing with a Canon Rebel XT, one of the first models of consumer digital single lens reflex cameras (SLRs), I learned how the settings determine the amount of light that […]

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5 ways to use mindfulness during and after a crisis

Take a long, slow deep breath. Feel your feet on the ground. Focus on this moment—right here, right now. While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted each and every one of us across the nation—and around the world— these past few months, the thought of slowing down right when things are picking back up might seem […]

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