Category Archives: Personal Growth

Moment of Silence for Kids

    A MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEASE   Every now and then we deal with the issue of whether or not children should be allowed or even encouraged to pray in public schools. There was one alternative that I really … Continue reading

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Coping with Crisis in Families

COPING WITH FAMILY CRISIS   If you’re like me, you eat Chinese a lot better than you speak it.  Nevertheless, you may have heard, as I have, that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same as that for “opportunity”. … Continue reading

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Severing Family Relationships

EMOTIONAL CUT-OFF       A man refuses to speak to his sister for 15 years.  The reason?  At the time of their mother’s death, he was left alone to care for her as she died.  Then, to add insult to injury, … Continue reading

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On Knowing the Self

WHERE CONSCIOUS LIVING LEADS   In his mystical novel, Demian, Hermann Hesse observes, “…nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself”.  According to a very nice lady who called … Continue reading

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When to Pull the Plug on Love

WHEN TO END A RELATIONSHIP   It was Woody Allen who said a relationship is like a shark; it must keep moving forward or it dies.  I think this is true with one important difference.  A relationship can live dead … Continue reading

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Your Partner is Inviting You to Grow

NEEDLES OF LOVE   If you love or are loved by someone, then it is likely that you feel pushed or pulled by them at times.  Perhaps they expect something from you that you don’t feel capable ofproviding.  Or maybe … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

THE MEANING OF LIFE   People who follow one of the major religions don’t have to worry about finding the meaning of life.  It’s spelled out for them. The major religions all prescribe the same attitudes and behaviors: treating others … Continue reading

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Balancing Separateness and Togetherness in Marriage

SEPARATENESS AND TOGETHERNESS NEEDS   Two of the most important emotional needs of adults are the need to be an autonomous self in control of one’s own life and the need to be emotionally connected to another person.  Successful couples … Continue reading

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Your Ship on the Ocean of Life

AT HOME ON THE BOUNDING MAIN   Imagine yourself as a sailboat on the ocean of life.  You’re on a journey to the end of the ocean and you have to plot your course as best you can.  You don’t … Continue reading

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Your Partner is Already Telling You

YOUR PARTNER; YOUR TEACHER   Everyone would have a much easier time in their relationships if they would just go ahead and learn the lessons that are presented to them by their partners.  Or, if they would at least recognize … Continue reading

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