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When You Believe the Best in People, You Help to Bring the Best Out of Them

Many people simply need somebody to spark a bit of hope, somebody to say, “Yes, you can do it.  You’ve got what it takes.” Are you believing the best in your own children?  Are you instilling the confidence in them that they need, telling them that they’re going to do great things in life?  Are […]

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Therapists Ask The Questions That Need To Be Listened To.

Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see. Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays Lotus Flower Photo

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Understanding CLL

CLL. Three deadly letters of the alphabet that are stalking my family.  My sister was diagnosed with CLL about 12-13 years ago.  I have been wanting her to get a bone marrow transplant since she was first diagnosed, but Kaiser considers bone marrow transplants “experimental” and won’t cover the procedure.  I am a firm believer […]

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Outside The Box

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to look. Ever wish you could venture out of the “norm” by wantonly thinking outside the box? What are the “Yes, but’s” that create the mental walls of your box?  Once you begin to question your beliefs, […]

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The 12 Commandments For Learning To Love Yourself

Louise Hay’s: 12 Commandments to help you learn how to love yourself. 1. Stop All Criticism. Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive. 2. Forgive Yourself. Let the […]

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“M” Is For Motherhood

If you want to drive a car, you have to study a driver’s manual, and pass two tests, proving that you can be trusted to stay within painted white lines on the road while hurtling along at 70 miles an hour. To become a mother, you just have to be pregnant. When I braved the […]

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Let Someone Love You

“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is […]

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“Say Ah…Hummm”

Rumor has it, hospitals are absolutely riddled with sick people. The ICU was no exception, and I ended coming home from visiting my sister, with a little something extra. I think I was pretty safe while I was in Linda’s room, because I was all garbed up in isolation wear, complete with lilac gloves, but […]

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Keep Trying

You have to learn how to fail in order to succeed. Here are some famous failures from history. See more HERE. Lotus Photo Credit

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Serve Love

This evening, as the world is poised to celebrate Easter, lets serve love. The trappings of wealth and personal possessions pale in comparison to any love shared. Cars grow old, money can be devalued in the blink of an eye, but the richness of heart felt love is limitless. So light a candle, and say a […]