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The Crunch of Criticism, the Promise of Forgiveness

The Crunch of Criticism, the Promise of Forgiveness

I recently experienced the “crunch of criticism.”  (No forgiveness on the horizon!)  It happened as I was reflecting with friends (Diamond Approach Inquiry work), exploring areas where our souls — our psyches, our innermost beings  — feel “less than”;  less than mature, less than whole, less than at ease.  In other words, where is my soul...
Discovery:  The Vehicle I Drive Makes All the Difference

Discovery: The Vehicle I Drive Makes All the Difference

A few days ago I had a “confrontation” with my husband that led to an exciting discovery.  (It was not our first “run in”, and surely not the last, but it was transformative — certainly for me, and also for us… The chance to look at myself from the outside was most illuminating!) What was the discovery?...
Difference is the Essence of Humanity

Difference is the Essence of Humanity

“Difference is the essence of humanity.”  This quote from John Hume seems to me an appropriate thing to remember on International Women’s Day.  Hume carries on, “Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict.  The answer to difference is to respect it.  Therein lies a...
Basic Decent Goodness

Basic Decent Goodness

Remembering “basic decent goodness” is turning out to be a big help for me in my ongoing struggle with the turmoil — both inside myself, and that which I perceive in the world.  Sound convoluted? Only sort of! Here a compendium of short notes in support of this approach: Pablo Casals puts it this way: “Each person has inside...
Smile: You'll Be Glad You Did :-)

Smile: You’ll Be Glad You Did :-)

Some moments these days I feel like there is not much to smile about. I am doing what I can to manage my emotions, respond rather than react, hold a compassionate, caring vision rather than slip into fear, anger, or helplessness.   So what’s with a post that suggests a smile?  In my inbox this...