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The more we can see life as a process and life's event as a growth process, the easier it becomes. In many ways life is not personal.

When his wife said, “I thought you liked kitties,” it broke the “spell” of fear. They were able to laugh together, transforming the moment to one of joy and togetherness.

Here's something to consider: Valentine’s Day comes every year, so why not create a positive meaning for yourself?

When people are upset, the words they use rarely convey the issues and needs at the heart of the problem. When we listen for what is felt as well as said, we connect more deeply to our own needs and emotions, and to those of other people. Listening in this way also, strengthens us, informs us, and makes it easier for others to hear us.

As a listener, it is difficult to hear what is being said, because of the emotion that gets stirred up inside of you. Even if you are not defensive you are faced with someone who is putting out a lot of feelings.


When you are upset with someone, it is important to determine exactly what you are upset about. What is going on inside of you? What is the conflict you feel really about for you? As I said in last week’s blog article, the past bleeds into the present, causing confusion about what one is feeling and how you interpret the situation. T

Once again, a movie aimed at children has delivered an important message for all of us that may guide you on how to start your year. Sing, an animated movie about a world populated by animals, conveys the message: “don’t let fear keep you from doing what you love.”

  There are many ways to approach the new year: resolutions, projects, intentions, goals, plans, attitudes, or simply choosing to let the year unfold day by day. Regardless of how you choose to start your year, it is important to make a conscious choice so that you can have a sense of s...

Airports are an easy place to lose your temper these days.  Between security and lines and delays, stress has become a part of air travel.  With that in mind, this story could have happened to any of us.

A seasoned traveler was flying through a major airport after a short trip.  She was alone, traveling light, and was well-organized as she went through the security checkpoint.  Many of the travelers around her were over-burdened with possessions and took a long time to prepare for their inspections.

THE Incident In Security

The travel...

From when you get up in the morning to when you go to bed, life can be difficult and challenging. There are things that we cannot change and there are things we can; sometimes, the only thing we can change is our attitude, but even that can make a significant difference and make our life more satisfying.


Joan hated to get up in the morning. She decided she did not want to dread mornings any longer, so she carefully examined how she felt when she awoke, and what might make her feel better.

One highlight of the morning for Jo...

In a previous blog, I introduced you to the Johari Window and the areas of yourself you do not know. The more you can get to know about yourself, the better you can communicate, thereby, minimizing distortions and misunderstandings in relationships. As you expand the known part of yourself, it decreases our blind and hidden areas. This leads to an ability to make conscious decisions about how you are going to live. It helps you create better relationships.

This exercise can help you learn more about your blind areas. There are times when you exper...

The more you can get to know yourself, the better you can communicate. This exercise can help you learn more about your blind areas. There are times when you experience an event or interaction which you cannot let go. You have feelings you do not understand and react in ways that confuse you. This exercise will help you sort out the event and lead you to a better understanding of yourself.

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