Posts Tagged ‘ self-awareness ’

To the New Light, Your New Life, Our New Year

  When I was a young teenager, my quiet, steadfast stepfather gave me a lamp. Not an electric lamp, but one in which oil is the fuel and a wick provides the light. He attached a small note to the gift. It said, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto […]

Posted on 12/21/2017 07:21 pm | Comments Off on To the New Light, Your New Life, Our New Year

Can You See the Invisible Disability?

Do you get angry with the blind man because he cannot see? The red-tipped cane marks his physical lack of sight. Are you personally insulted by his handicap? I’m truly curious. Do you accommodate gracefully offering thanks that “ but for the grace of God, there go I?” Or, do you assign blame that if […]

Posted on 12/13/2017 01:00 pm | Comments Off on Can You See the Invisible Disability?

And They Call It Love

Perhaps there is some love hidden deep within the relationship, but it’s not what’s showing up in this whirl. Here’s the dance: He feels like a piece of sh*t. She can’t bear his suffering. He goes down to the depths of pain and she ties her rope to him in hopes of saving him from […]

Posted on 11/13/2017 07:53 am | Comments Off on And They Call It Love

Are you on Autopilot or Manual Control?

Driving into town, on my way to yoga, I found myself at my old office. How’d that happen? After all, they aren’t even in the same neighborhood. Well, I drove the route to that office for many years and autopilot took over as I took the familiar exit rather than paying attention to where I […]

Posted on 11/03/2017 09:07 am | Comments Off on Are you on Autopilot or Manual Control?

How to Avoid Conflict

Differing points of view can lead to conflict. We see that every day in small events in our personal lives to large global clashes. We are all brought up with different rules of engagement, particular to our home. How to navigate the differences in small encounters helps prevent the larger battles. When I was a […]

Posted on 10/24/2017 05:44 am | Comments Off on How to Avoid Conflict

What do you Say in Response to “How are you?”

“How are you?” When the bank teller or the grocery store clerk asks me that, I tell the truth—either in my tone or with my vocabulary. It’s a small rebellion I enjoy as a change from the conventional, “I’m fine.” In most instances, my truth-telling is rather unremarkable. However, on the occasion when I’m fuming […]

Posted on 10/03/2017 05:28 am | Comments Off on What do you Say in Response to “How are you?”

How to Use NO as an Organizational Tool

One of the first words a child learns is the word “no.” Ask any two-year-old if they want an ice cream cone, and they’ll say “no” even as they reach for it. They know the word; they know it’s a way to express their burgeoning independence. But sometimes they’re not quite clear on its meaning. […]

Posted on 09/26/2017 05:47 am | Comments Off on How to Use NO as an Organizational Tool

How to Respond to the Tragedy

  Tragedy strikes. And it breaks our heart open. Sometimes we get stretched beyond all reason, beyond all endurance, to the point of breaking. Seeing it, my heart goes out with compassion.   Compassion for ourselves, for our daily failures. Compassion for others, for helplessness in the face of powers greater than human. Compassion that […]

Posted on 09/12/2017 05:41 am | Comments Off on How to Respond to the Tragedy

Are You Selfish?

“That sounds so selfish.” That comment is voiced regularly in my office and I’m delighted when I hear it. It shows me that there’s some awareness of a feeling that’s uncomfortable enough to examine. Usually, the “that sounds so selfish” question comes from the belief that the wishes of others should come first. That’s the […]

Posted on 09/05/2017 06:36 am | Comments Off on Are You Selfish?

Rabbit Holes

Do you go down rabbit holes? Does it take you off course? My invitation to rabbit holes is resistance. For me, resistance is not so much about staying stuck in one place as it is about not staying the course. Instead of persisting, of staying the course, I resist—by chasing rabbits. I’d much rather race […]

Posted on 08/29/2017 06:13 am | Comments Off on Rabbit Holes

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