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May 2014 - Connie Mann
How to Make Peace with Things Undone

How to Make Peace with Things Undone

Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda. These three little words can make us crazy if we let them, can’t they? We get to the end of a day, or a season, or a school year and all we see are the things we didn’t do. Without conscious thought, we turn the clarity of hindsight into a...
What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

As children, we couldn’t wait until we were allowed to cross the street by ourselves. We longed for the day we finally left elementary school, then we prayed to escape middle school. We dreamed of walking the halls of the high school, of becoming oh-so-cool...
A Mother’s Day Lament: #BringBackOurGirls

A Mother’s Day Lament: #BringBackOurGirls

Normally, as Mother’s Day approaches, I get a little (ok, maybe a lot) sentimental. I think about my children and how very much I love them. I remember what it was like when they were little; the silly moments, the giggles, and the feel of small arms squeezing my neck...
What Are You Telling Yourself?

What Are You Telling Yourself?

I’ve heard that it takes ten compliments to offset one criticism. Sounds about right, doesn’t it? We can receive all sorts of compliments, but the thing we remember is the one negative comment. That’s the tape that plays in our heads in an endless loop. It gets worse...