Let’s take a look at the inevitable calls to risk life offers and ponder our potential responses. May we all be brave. May we celebrate the sentiments of this beautiful poem. RISKS To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is
Often I am asked the question, “How do you listen to the painful stories of so many people and not feel overwhelmed and sad, bringing their sadness home with you?” There are many days when I do return home physically, mentally, spiritually exhausted. Truly, I empathize with the grief and challenges of every client I
“Nobody listens to you.” “You will always be overweight.” “You will never find a better job.” “You will never have the relationship you want.” “You will always be the stupid one.” “You never have succeeded at maintaining an exercise routine and you never will.” “You always sabotage a good thing.” “That is nothing but a
It’s February and not surprisingly, we are writing about love. Our focus for today is the basic building block of love–the love we hold for ourselves. Truly, without self-love, we have little hope of personal joy or the fulfillment we glean from loving others. Why is it so difficult to love ourselves? When was the
Last week we defined shame and made the important distinction between shame and guilt. The next step is identifying shame and its origin. Unhealthy, prolonged feelings of shame, cause us to deny and therefore hide. Unwilling to accept the feeling of shame, we repress the message for corrective action. Prolonged denial evolves into secret avoidance.