Blog

Posted on 7.06.2022 by Jody Noland

Have you ever heard the expression “memories fade, but ink lasts?”

Isn’t it the truth? Whether it’s reflecting on heartwarming moments from our children’s earliest years or remembering the last few tender things a dying parent whispered to us, we think we’ll never forget. Yet we do. The edges get blurry.

Posted on 6.30.2022 by Jody Noland

Does fear have a stranglehold on you? If it didn't prior to the last few years, you could understandably be afflicted now. 

Posted on 6.08.2022 by Jody Noland

Gifts come in unexpected packages. Sometimes, they are wrapped in festive paper, tied up with a pretty bow. And sometimes, gifts come through people. Even little people.

I received a treasured gift recently while on an early morning walk with my dog, Hobbs. We had the joy of seeing our darling neighbor, Asher, age 9. Asher and Hobbs have a mutual admiration society, and are always delighted to see one another. I call Asher the “dog whisperer.” 

 

Posted on 6.07.2022 by Bryan Jordin

“Yes, this message matters.” As I hear people's stories, those “WOW” moments constantly reinforce how impactful and significant our written words of affirmation can be. And I hope that these stories will inspire you to take action!

Posted on 4.20.2022 by Jody Noland

Two painful memories from over a decade ago are seared in my mind. The first happened the afternoon of my husband’s funeral when I was asked this heart-wrenching question: “Did Dad write me a letter?” I had to choke out this answer: “No, I am so sorry, he didn’t. He just couldn’t.”

My husband died just three months after his cancer diagnosis. With the shock of a very bleak prognosis, the many resultant and necessary decisions along with his physical suffering, he didn’t have the emotional bandwidth to write letters despite my pleadings.

Posted on 4.13.2022 by Jody Noland

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening.

During Leave Nothing Unsaid letter-writing workshops, I ask if any participants are willing to share excerpts of what they have written during different segments of the letter writing process. A few brave souls are always willing to share, and their words inevitably inspire everyone in the room.

Recently, I was honored to lead several workshops at The Woodlands Methodist Church in Houston, TX. Both workshops had about 50 participants, and the audience was primarily middle-aged.

Posted on 4.06.2022 by Jody Noland

Do you find yourself making excuses about writing letters? Perhaps you agree that it is important, but the tyranny of the urgent always seems gets in the way. You’ll write those letters…some day. But some day never seems to come. Procrastination about the important things in life affects many of us, me included. No judgment here.

Posted on 3.23.2022 by Jody Noland

 

Does someone you love have a “big birthday” approaching? One of those birthdays that ends with a “0”or with the delivery of a Medicare card? 

Speaking from personal experience, I’ve always been grateful for birthdays and for the gift of good health and for another year of life, yet the “big birthdays” always make me swallow hard and say: “Well, I certainly don’t FEEL xx!” (Hoping the immediate response from others will be: “Well, you certainly don’t LOOK xx, either!”)

Posted on 3.16.2022 by Jody Noland

Begging for what, you might ask? Begging for the most important relationships in your life, that’s what! 

Posted on 3.09.2022 by Jody Noland

“The climb gets steeper and more challenging as you approach the summit.” That truth applies not just to mountain climbing but also to the uphill battle of the later years of life. 

Some of our aging loved ones suffer the tragedy of dementia which can last for many years. Others face physical infirmities of one sort or another. Very few progress through their 80’s and 90’s with great physical and mental health. (#goals)

Big question: How do you meaningfully love and encourage an elderly parent? Sometimes even more challenging…an aging in-law? 

Pages