Can we just decide to step outside of our comfort zones, together?

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When I got married I subscribed, unknowingly, to choosing to take a back seat. Nobody forced it on me, I did it to myself. I somehow became a different person to the personality I had been known for. And no, not because of husband. Maybe because of society, and the image they force on you to be “as a wife”.

https://mamaziya.home.blog/2020/10/27/mamaziyas-take-38

What was my role in their lives now that they were all grown up?

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I had this need to “connect” with them.  My approach as a “friend” was usually met with dubiety.  When I tried to counsel my children the reaction was mixed.  If my timing was right it went pretty well.  If not, it was unpleasant at best.  The teacher?  That was a real problem.  I somehow got it in my head that I was there to teach them a lesson.  One night my daughter told me she was going to a friends house.  She eventually told me she’d been with a boy.  I got very upset and called her a liar.  She got very upset and stormed out of the house.  I figured she needed to understand that lying was wrong.  What I failed to understand, but she later explained to me, was, she told me a fib to avoid the inevitable questioning, probing, teasing that she may have had to endure if she’d told me where she really was going. She was probably right. 

https://joyfullyaging.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/who-am-i

When students come to see me who are feeling so frustrated with people and situations beyond their control, I ask them to take a deep breath and explain how they are feeling

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I also see myself getting very angry lately. And that is the hardest part for me. I can see and read too much about what other people are doing and I feel frustrated, hurt and honestly jealous sometimes. But then I remind myself that I need to take a deep breath and practice a little more empathy. It’s what I wish those people would do for us so I will choose to do it for them. Does that mean I agree with what some other people are choosing right now? No. But it does mean I will actively try to put myself in their shoes and let go of taking things so personally.

https://thekindschoolcounselor.com/2020/07/19/redirect-and-connect

When you’re free and open, with an absence of neediness, you’re able to experience life, family, friendships and love with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and appreciation

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It’s your job to show-up for yourself, know who you are, what you want, what you need, and be aware when you’re off course.

https://brookeoliphant.com/2020/07/05/show-up-for-yourself

I wish that someday, somewhere, we’ll be able to understand each other as father and son

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I go to the store and I see that fathers and their sons are able to connect well or their mothers connect well with their daughters. For me, I don’t know if I have that with my dad. I feel like that connection doesn’t work out at all. I don’t know why anymore. For the longest time, I strived to understanding what it means to connect with my dad. He’s tech savvy and I’m not that tech savvy. I know enough to understand how computers work and a little extra, but not as much as he does. What he talks about on a day to day basis just doesn’t interest me but it does to him. We’re like polar opposites and I hate that.

https://noahsmindinanutshell.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/what-i-wouldnt-do-for-that-connection

I personally can’t wait to give all my friends a hug

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As most cities approach their second month of social distancing, most of us have found our ways of coping and maybe even settled into a new daily routine. Whether you’re working from home or in desperate search of new hobbies while you collect unemployment checks, chances are you’ve probably figured out how to spend time by yourself.

https://iridescentwomen.com/2020/04/17/social-distance-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder

Our family relationship must be cultivated like a garden, time, effort and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep it growing and flourishing

Letting go the old habits (you grew up cultivating those) and acquiring new set of behaviours is one of the most challenging things one has to go through to create the new identity. It needs strong commitment, support and guidance to evolve through the process.

https://familylife7day.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/cube-of-parenting-isnt-it-obvious

Staying Strong When You Miss Them the Most: Coping with Grief During the Holidays

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The Iron Empath

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The title is called “staying strong” but let me be clear. Staying strong does not mean harboring all emotion to get through Christmas dinner without crying. You don’t need to block out, hide from, or deny your grief. Many people wrongly equate “staying strong” with not breaking down in public, speaking emotionlessly or avoiding the topic of grief altogether. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to “stay strong” in this way.

Staying strong to me means continuing to be your most authentic self in the midst of loss. This means acknowledging the pain you feel is valid and a part of who you are now. It means if you need to cry at dinner, then that’s not called “breaking down.” That’s a perfectly acceptable testimony of your love for that person.

It’s been 5 years since my mom died and…

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