Relationships

  • Time to Laugh

    Laughter is good for us.  We need it! Laughter can relieve a tense interpersonal situation, allowing better communication.  Many have experienced its healing power during times of sickness or sadness or stress.  By definition, laughter is fun and relaxing. We love to be with people who make us laugh.  They bring ...

    Posted at December 6, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

    When flight attendants give instructions prior to take-off, there is a particular note to adults traveling with young children.  In the case of an emergency, we are told, adults are to don their own oxygen mask before assisting children with theirs.  Otherwise, the responsible adult could become incapacitated, and therefore unable to provide subsequent assistance.   This week I was visiting my daughter, who needed ...

    Posted at November 23, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Time for Friendship

    There is nothing like spending time with a long-time friend.  One of those friends we know so well that we can go for long periods without contact, then pick up the relationship as though we had just seen each other yesterday.  Good friends know us in a unique way, a combination of the particular shared experiences and meaningful moments we have ...

    Posted at November 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • The Non-Linearity of Time

    Time can be very strange.  When we are busy with commitments we think of what we could accomplish if we only had a day, a week, or even a month to do as we please.  We could be so productive! When we have fewer demands, the work we have in front of us fills up the time we have!  More time does ...

    Posted at November 8, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • I Am Right Here

    Hospitals are places we are glad to have available if needed, but hope to avoid.  Even when we visit someone who is relatively healthy, we are likely to see -- or hear -- other patients who are filled with pain and desperation. Yesterday I spent time in a local hospital with someone who was under observation but ...

    Posted at November 1, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Too Much Information

    Until a generation or two ago, Americans kept their more intimate activities, needs and concerns to themselves.  Or, they shared them with only a few family members and close friends. Of course, it is hard to help someone if we do not know that they need help.  Sharing issues with others who can, at the least, encourage or comfort us can be ...

    Posted at October 25, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Celebrations are Important in Life

    When I was a young adult, I missed out on a number of family celebrations that I could not fit into my schedule.  I was busy with my career and new friends.  And, I lived in distant cities.  Now, I have a better understanding of the uncertainty of life.  The losses.  The heartache.  The ...

    Posted at October 18, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Not Making a Decision is . . .

    Decision-making can be very difficult.  What if we choose incorrectly?  What about the factors that we cannot quantify – or even imagine.  Sometimes taking a “wait and see” attitude is helpful.  The situation will probably become more defined over time, so a resolution is clearer.  This can be particularly true with intermittent problems.  We hope that they will resolve and disappear.  Or, ...

    Posted at September 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Be Sure to Ask

    Little children are very good at asking questions.  If they want to know something, they have no filter that says asking is a bad thing - either impolite or just plain nosey.  If they want something, they have learned early-on to go straight to a caregiver and see if they can get it. Adults are more reticent to ask, perhaps too much so.  We need to get over that. Our daughter, an introvert, says that one of ...

    Posted at August 30, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Love Is . . . Flexible

    I think I knew from the very beginning and I resisted. “We are not going to keep this dog!” I kept repeating to my husband. My father brought home a small dog when I was a child.  My mother’s dislike of the smells and responsibilities of dog ownership stuck with me more than the joys of playing with a happy pet. After years of hearing “we’re not going to get a dog,” our daughter adopted a shelter puppy just prior ...

    Posted at August 23, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
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