Perhaps you were disappointed on Valentine’s Day. Mary was hoping that her partner Joe would organize a romantic dinner at their favorite restaurant followed by a romantic evening. But all he did was buy a small bouquet of flowers. She acted pleased, but inside, she felt let down. Bob was expecting a romantic card, but only received a peck on the cheek. He was definitely disappointed. I wasn’t disappointed on February 14th—and I didn’t receive anything! I had just returned from a trip to Florida helping my 91-year-old mom during her recovery from a heart attack, and I was dog-tired. I wasn... Read More
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It seems like every day I run into someone who doesn’t take care of themselves. This has become an epidemic, and I believe that it has dire consequences for our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.
Jodie works for a small company in the marketing department. She has worked there for 5 years and feels that she deserves a more substantial raise. Her boss tells her how the bad economy has impacted their business but she is starting to feel resentful and angry. Why doesn’t her boss see how hard she is working and what a great job she is doing?
Mary and Sarah, recently married... Read More
(Welcome to a new series on “Communication Skills” that I will be posting periodically which will highlight one or two basic skills that are helpful in improving our relationships. Each one will give you a “homework assignment” to work on. Then I hope you will share your experience with our readers)
Why is good communication so difficult? Why is it so hard to discuss certain subjects with my partner? Why can’t my husband understand me? Why do we argue so much? Why can’t I get my wife to open up?
These questions can haunt a good relationship for many years. When couples do... Read More
In my work, I see many individuals who have suffering. All of us, at one time or another, experience physical pain or emotional distress. These sensations come about from a variety of reasons—loss, disappointment, frustration, rejection, conflict, fear, illness, or accident. Generally, these negative experiences are fleeting. But then sometimes they can last a long time.
Certainly misfortune can be a cause of pain. Our bodies can (and ultimately will) betray us. They are made out of physical stuff that can break down and stop working. Indeed the march of time is often enough to... Read More