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June 22, 2020
Intelligent AND Empathetic … Intelligent OR Empathetic

“A rare quality – intelligence and empathy.” ~ Professor T from Amazon Prime When the character spoke these words, it was as if lightning hit me. I hit pause, found a piece of paper and wrote down the quote. The quote has sat on my counter for several days. The words and their implication rolling […]

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June 8, 2020
Disappointed [fill in the blank]

I don’t have many triggers* but the word ‘disappointment’ makes my heart pound with anxiety. My father told me several times I was a disappointment. He told me he could never be proud or brag about me because whenever he did, I turned around an embarrassed him. So, being a disappointment is a deep wound […]

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May 25, 2020
Missing GOD, God, god

Recently I wrote a blog on spirituality versus religion. The concept of spirituality has been swirling in my mind ever since. As most of you know, I was raised on the Baptist version of God and can no longer accept aspects of that belief system. But I do miss some aspects of that version of […]

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May 11, 2020
Doubt and Failure

“Doubt is the motor for failure.” ~ Professor T available on Amazon Prime I’ve heard many cutesy quotes about doubt and about failure. But for some reason, this particular quote struck a chord and it keeps rolling in my mind. I decided to look at the ways I doubt and evaluate if these doubts are […]

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April 27, 2020
What Is Forgiveness?

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about Grudge Holding. A great friend [let’s call her Amy], who is always so supportive, responded to me via email. With her permission, I wanted to share some sections. “I think holding grudges is tied to my tendency to not forgive, and sometimes I wish I could […]

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April 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

I have a new therapist. I like her. She's more aggressive and less focused on my past and more on my future. Yesterday, without any preamble and within a context I didn't understand, she asked: What Is your spiritual practice? The question elicited an immediate bodily reaction. My spine stiffened, my heart raced, and I […]

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March 30, 2020
Annoyance or Abiding Insult: Grudge Part 2

Recently I wrote a blog where I admitted to holding a grudge for two people in my life. Yesterday, while listening to Golden In Death by JD Robb, one of the characters said: “What’s a momentary annoyance for one is a deep abiding insult to another.” I’m left wondering if the two people I begrudge […]

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March 23, 2020
A Professional What?

As I write this post, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 situation and everybody's worried and afraid and hidden in their houses. Not fun. Not awful either. It just is. Today a friend sent me a video about how to survive with teenagers and adult children without killing them. Great video, great information. […]

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March 16, 2020
The Grudge

In my last post, Tit-for-Tat, I wrote this sentence: “I defaulted to my pattern:  Avoid conflict -- hold a grudge that I pretend I don’t hold -- eventually run away from the relationship.” When I wrote that sentence, the word ‘grudge’ seemed to glow and accuse. According to the dictionary, grudge is a “feeling of […]

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March 2, 2020
Tit-For-Tat: Bad Me or Human Nature?

Have you ever discovered something about yourself that you would have sworn wasn’t true? Or has someone ever shown you something about yourself that you denied until the evidence was clear? This happened to me two weeks ago and I, quite frankly, still haven’t decided how I feel about it. Am I a “bad” friend […]

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