Posted on 9.15.2020 by Jody Noland

Have you ever tried to put toothpaste back in the tube? If so, then you know it’s a hopeless endeavor. Once it’s out, it’s out. The damage is done.
Hurtful words are like that too. Once said, we can’t take them back.

 Oh, we might try to make excuses. But excuses don’t work.

“You know I say things I don’t mean when I’m angry.”

“I was just kidding.”

“What’s the big deal? You’re too sensitive!”

“My father said the same thing to me.”

Posted on 9.06.2020 by Jody Noland

Do you have a theme song for your life? 
My signature tune has changed many times over the years. More often than I care to admit, My Way by Frank Sinatra most aptly reflected my life choices. (That refrain never turned out too well, by the way.)

Posted on 8.17.2020 by Jody Noland


Allergy season must have started early this year. Or maybe that’s not the real reason behind all of the red-eyed parents that I’ve seen recently. Yes, the red eyes are the symptom of a changing season...just a season of life, not the weather.

It’s a season of transition for many parents - the time when children are leaving for college.

Posted on 5.24.2020 by Jody Noland

Has a comment ever stunned you so much that it seared into your memory banks as something you never seem to forget? 35 years ago, that happened to me. I was listening to a highly successful man reflect back on what he initially perceived to be one of the worst experiences of his life.
He had been on top of the world, assuming all was well with his promising career in the advertising department of a leading Atlanta company. Then, one Friday afternoon, the unthinkable happened and he was fired. Done. Rejected. Broken. Hopeless. That was “the real thing” for him.

Posted on 5.10.2020 by Jody Noland

Today is complicated. For as many women who are celebrating the joys and blessings of motherhood today, there are probably an equal number whose pain is amplified. Whether a woman has struggled with infertility, the devastation of losing a child or a mother, the wounds caused by abandonment, abuse and neglect, there are countless reasons that Mother’s Day is a day to survive instead of celebrate.

Posted on 4.26.2020 by Jody Noland

This is a time we will never forget. The impact of this worldwide pandemic has been catastrophic in countless ways. We’ve had a global wake-up call about the fragility of life, the illusion of financial security and the importance of relationships.
Who hasn’t heard heartbreaking stories about people perishing alone? I can hardly bear to imagine the agony of family members unable to be with dying loved ones or the fear experienced by critically ill patients, longing for comforting touches and words from those dearest to them. This is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Posted on 3.29.2020 by Jody Noland

 Guest Post by Alyssa Silva 

Note from Jody: Fear is universal, especially in these uncertain times. So what better way to fortify our courage than to learn from someone who has a black belt in confronting fear? 

Posted on 3.23.2020 by Jody Noland

We all want answers: “How long will this pandemic last?” “How many will die?” “Will I get it?” “Will my loved ones stay safe?” “Will I lose everything?” “What will life look like on the other side?”
The sad and hard truth is that no one really knows the answers to any of these questions.
Maybe that’s why some of us are drawn to diversions like assembling jigsaw puzzles where the pieces do eventually fit together.

Posted on 3.15.2020 by Jody Noland

“Social distancing.” It’s a new and unwelcomed term that we’ve all been recently forced to learn and, now, to practice. As COVID-19 spreads like wildfire around the world, medical authorities tell us it’s time to physically distance ourselves from others and to avoid all large public gatherings. Since this highly contagious virus can be spread by individuals with no apparent symptoms, the only way to attempt containment is for all of us to keep a “safe” physical distance of six feet from non-family members.

Posted on 3.08.2020 by Jody Noland

The recent Daytona 500 is an example of what we don’t want to have happen. As Driver Ryan Newman approached the finish line, going all out to win the prestigious race, he ended up in a horrific crash yet miraculously survived. 
In life, unlike in a race, we each have a different finish line. And none of us knows when our finish line might arrive. In our race of life, we’re not competing against anyone other than ourselves.