Awareness + Action Beget Change

To create change, it is crucial to have awareness and action. Awareness + no action = status quo. Awareness + action = change. Awareness single-handedly does not automatically breed change. The following examples illustrate this premise. There are many stories in...

Mottos –Values and Symbolism

A motto is a brief statement that summarizes the purpose, beliefs, and values of a group, family, organization, individual, and even states. It expresses united goals of all those associated with that group and sets the mission for collaboration. Let’s see how the...

Salute to 4th of July

Have you ever made a decision then later thought that I could have done that differently? However, at the time, you were pleased with your choice. The aftermath of some decisions require new and improved ones to be made. So how did we get it wrong the first time? We...

Absence of Choice 

By definition, choice is an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. When people are allowed to make choices, they feel empowered. Conversely, when people are denied the freedom of choice, they become disenfranchised. The...

I’ve Graduated Now What?

The month of May ushers in endings and beginnings. For college students, it is the end of exams; papers; class presentations; impromptu speeches; debates; and internships. Graduation is the rite-of-passage that launches students into a field of practice with...

Joy and Value in Life’s Seasons

In February 2019, we wrote a blog titled, The Power of Life’s Narratives. In it, we explored the central thread of meaning that runs throughout everyone’s life…which is their unique narrative or purpose. The major message of that entry was that everyone’s life has...

Beyond the Walls of Social Work 

Happy Social Work Month to social workers here, there, and everywhere! As descendants of Jane Addams, the mother of social work, our reach has extended in many directions! Regardless of where you find social workers; eradicating injustices and creating better living...

What Happens after a Great Divide?

To mask or not to mask. To quarantine or not to quarantine. To distance or not to distance. To take the vaccine or not to take the vaccine. These are the conundrums brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. These riddles have created a divide in our country. Do...

Don’t Jump in the Boat with the Person who is Drowning

We all have known someone on a figurative sinking ship (or boat) whose inability to save themselves threatened to take us down with them if we jumped aboard. We consider ourselves being empathetic when we identify with someone else’s pain. Simply commenting, “I know...

Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All

Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All Kindness in words creates confidence Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love ~ Lao Tzu – Chinese Philosopher In December, our minds are typically focused on the holidays… often referred to as...