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blogging, Mental Health

Communicating by Listening to What Other

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”Ernest Hemingway A study showed that 70% of our waking hours are spent in communication with others, in some form, with almost half of that time taken up in listening. Reading, talking and writing were way down on the list. So given that we spend so much… Continue reading Communicating by Listening to What Other

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blogging, Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions

Christmas time may be a source of stress or joy. Compounding those yuletide stresses, the Covid pandemic continues to rage, so there was little cause for joy in many parts of the world. Marlene inspired me to think of the year's outcomes in terms of 'gifts,' some good and of course, some bad. We'd do… Continue reading A New Year and Dealing with Intense Emotions

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Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Dissatisfaction

Are You Expecting Too Much? Is it time to evaluate or eliminate unreasonable rules and expectations. When we are feeling a bit dissatisfied with the way life is, we tend to make judgements about other's actions that are somewhat misaligned or skewed. We might miscontrue their intentions, place expectations on others and inadvertantly set up… Continue reading Dissatisfaction

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Sunday Sayings – Feelings of Enlightenment

Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog, which morphed into Sunday Sayings. I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age. Mostly anonymous, proverbs are a… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Feelings of Enlightenment

Mental Health, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – The Present Moment

Nothing in life is constant.  Like the force of the ocean, life fluctuates between a wearing away (negative or sad feelings) and a building up (positives). As corny as it sounds, the way we think does determine our 'world,' our 'present moment.' "If you are willing to appreciate that this moment is far better than… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – The Present Moment

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Sunday Sayings – Empathy

We think of neighbours in concrete terms, in being good or bad, but are they in fact, just varying degrees of different, from ourselves? They lead different lives, they might have different beliefs and traditions, but they are still people, first and foremost. And they make up our community.