Most children learn to identify themselves by what they have been noticed for, early on in their lives by the important people around them. Believe it or not, what we say to our young people can impact them for a lifetime. In today’s world, beauty and physical appearance are attributes[…} Read more….
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Presbytera Roxanne Louh
It’s easy to move through life looking at people without really seeing them; hearing people without really listening to what they have to say; even existing in our body without really experiencing what it feels and needs. Yesterday, I realized that although my daughter had been speaking to me quite[…} Read more….
Should parents show their emotions, or suppress them in favor of good parenting? There is a lot of literature out there today that seems to lean towards parents needing to override their own emotions and “not get angry when dealing with our kids” in order to parent effectively. Is this[…} Read more….
“Why did you buy the unsalted nuts!” Her husband said this with little regard for her feelings or appreciation for all the prior instances she had brought home things he enjoyed; from small treats to random gifts just because. “You know I like the salted ones,” ge uttered, as she felt[…} Read more….
How easy is it to personalize someone else’s bad mood? Today, a woman told me, “I woke up to my husband in a cranky mood. He wasn’t talking much, seemed he had something on his mind. He looked angry and was snapping at everything.” “Is it me?” she thought.“ “I[…} Read more….
I was speaking to a woman the other day who was incredibly angry. It seemed she despised her husband for his sheer existence. His comments, general demeanor, personality, any and all of it, just grated on her nerves. She had come to a point where nothing he said or did[…} Read more….
Today, consider how well you are taking care of the people you love. Consider how intentional your expression of love is. Do you think it’s felt in the person you love? You see, love depends on friendship, friendship depends on having an emotional connection, and connections depend on making an[…} Read more….
Relationships are incredibly fulfilling, but so hard at times. Most of us know what being our best self looks like when it comes to conflict. We know we ought to forgive, let go of grudges, fight the negative thoughts that come with anger, and keep a calm, virtuous and kind[…} Read more….
Have you ever had strong feelings that you shared with someone you loved and felt like they just wouldn’t listen? You spoke with conviction, appropriateness, reason and heartfelt love, but the person you were speaking to just honed in deeper and attached even more strongly to their own entrenched position,[…} Read more….
Are you an emotionally sensitive person? Do you frequently feel strong feelings? Does strong emotion in others seem to bother you? Do you shy away from sharing something with someone else that could possibly bring about their negative emotions? The truth is, you might just be an emotionally sensitive person;[…} Read more….
Coming into the holiday season always reminds me that a new year is right around the corner. The new year always brings to mind the concept of making new starts, new beginnings and numerous resolutions. For those of you who might have set resolutions in 2016, what were they? How[…} Read more….
This time of year always feels so hard. Our plates are full–both literally and figuratively. We are overeating, overbuying, under-sleeping and under-cared for. Many of us are up to our ears with demands and obligations we just can’t seem to keep up with. There are teacher gifts to buy, meals[…} Read more….