Tag: voicing your struggles

No Stupid Questions

Anything mentionable is manageable.     Fred RogersThat is which is most personal is most universal.     Henri NouwenThe other day a friend told us that when he went through a divorce several decades ago he had only one other person with whom he felt he could talk – about his perceived failure, about his feelings of shame,…
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One Bad Month

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.      Martin Luther King, Jr. August was not an easy month for me (Michael).It started our okay – with my wife’s birthday and few problems on the horizon. But then it went downhill. Fast. Furiously: • My 96-year old grandmother, who has been in…
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Battle Defenses

In the end, the Spartan’s true strength is the warrior next to him.  So give respect and honor to him, and it will be returned to you.     from the movie, 300 How sad and tragic it is –  it breaks our hearts, in fact — to know that there are people all around us, who are…
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The First Duty of Love

The first duty of love is to listen.     Paul Tillich The fancy word for what we are called is counselors.  But really, truly, we believe that mainly we are listeners.  To be honest, there have been many meetings we’ve had with others in which we didn’t have a whole lot of answers or much wisdom…
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Communication – the Key to Better Relationships

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.      Rollo May Yesterday was my (Tom’s) sixth wedding anniversary.  My wife had to work and we barely saw one another all day.  By the time she got home from a hard day at the hospital, she was dead tired.  I had had…
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Strength, Not Weakness

Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness … It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it. Fred Rogers Someone To Tell It To provides a place for you to express all your feelings, with the assurance that…
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