Most often we communicate from a place of need – our need to be heard, accepted, understood, our need to be liked, to sell an idea, to teach something. Our needs may be unarticulated or even unconscious, but they are often directing our interactions with others.
This week was stressful. There were several reasons for that but pervading all was the knowledge that my 19-year old son was leaving to go on an overseas trip – by himself
Damaged or broken relationships are an uncomfortable reality in most of our lives. Like a constant nagging or a wound that will not heal, we eventually relegate them to the dark recesses of our minds and get on with our lives.
If being yourself takes courage, being yourself in front of others demands more. This is part 3 of a letter to my sons (and to the daughters I never had). (Estimated reading time 3 minutes)
(Estimated reading time 3 minutes) At one time or another, most of us experience pain as a result of interactions with other people – sometimes that pain is focused on a particular experience. Those weighty incidents, the swirl of words, can continue to have power over us many years later as if we’re somehow stuck […]
(Estimated reading time 1 minute) Expectation can be a powerful force. It is often unidentified and unspoken, an invisible energy directing the flow of our lives. There are times when it can be good but more often expectation is the riptide that pulls you too far from shore, the wave that sucks you under, the […]