Author: Jim Kerr

Stop! This is an Illusion!

“The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as the truth.” – A Course in Miracles Recently I went through a breakup with a woman I cared about. We both deeply cared about each other but, alas, the situation wasn’t right.  I was flooded with anxiety, my mood plunged, I had a hard time sleeping. I felt the old black beast of depression and anxiety [read Live With the Beast Within] clawing at me, trying to pull me back down into the abyss. Romantic relationships – specifically, the ending of such relationships – have always...

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The Art of Change: The Grass Truly is Greener

It was a Friday morning and I got the call no one wants to get. Because of a shakeup at the company where I worked, I would be losing my well-paying job. I’d been there for 28 years, received consistently glowing performance reviews, climbed the proverbial ladder to the top communications post. But now the company was restructuring and new people were being brought in. Thanks for all your contributions, Jim. Time to move out. Good luck. Now, you need to know that I was miserable. This was a company that had been laying people off from the day...

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Why I Love the Mornings

In this world there are two kinds of people: night owls and early birds. I count myself among the latter species. I love the mornings – always have. During the week I rise by 5 a.m. to get in a workout at the gym before work. Most mornings I’m sitting at my desk, coffee in hand, by 7 a.m. to get caught up on my emails and what’s happening in the world. Why do I wake at such an ungodly hour? Well, I hate traffic, for one, and there are very few cars on the road at this time...

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Labels Are For Tin Cans

I was on a self-help message board the other day and I came across these words, written by a man clearly in deep mental anguish: “I’m a depressive with chronic fatigue. I’ve been depressed my whole life and after trying everything I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just the way I am.” A few things struck me about this. The fatalism. The distorted thinking. (I’ve not yet met a depressed infant or toddler, so I doubt this person had truly been depressed his “whole life.”) But it was the way the man described himself that stopped me: I’m...

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