Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why Strengthening Your Emotional Life Should Rank as One of the Most Important Goals of Your Life

By Monica Nelson On a recent trip into town, I approached a T-turn in the left-hand lane. I noted the recently replaced sign that showed the rules for the turn had changed. The sign previously indicated that a driver could make both a left- and a right-hand turn from the right-hand lane. The new sign stated that the right-hand lane now permitted a right-hand turn only, leaving the left-hand lane the only legal lane from which a left-hand turn could be made. After the light changed, I made my left-hand turn simultaneously merging into the far right. That’s when an angry horn sounded and I jumped. The woman in the … Continue reading

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The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Comparison; Walking the Thin Line of Discernment/Judging

By Monica Nelson Take any two people on the planet, and make a comparison of them in attitude, behavior, beliefs, manner, and choices. You will not find one, not one, that matches another one perfectly. This is the marvelously wonderful truth of our unique and diversified selves. Beautiful as this may be, it sets us up a dilemma for each of us. We are programmed toward comparison. We make assessments and draw conclusions from all kinds of interactions and observations throughout our days. On the one hand, this makes learning and growing a fundamental part of those days. On the other hand, we can do harm to our growth process … Continue reading

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How to Deal With Stress in Hard Times: A List to Post

By Monica Nelson Note to self: When you are in the throes of a difficult period is not an optimal time to pull together all your practices for surviving it. So here is your list, gathered from years of experience, set in front of you for easy reference. Keep it handy, post it prominently because hard times have a tendency to sneak up on you. Start Your Day: With a reminder, prayer, affirmation, or whatever form you place it in, that declares your dedication of the day to the service of others; Listen to or sing one or more uplifting, invigorating, and motivating songs; Talk to yourself in a full … Continue reading

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The Double-Edged Sword of Secrets; How They Hurt, How They Help

By Monica Nelson I have a secret that I’ve held for years. It’s an embarrassing incident that, to this day, makes me cringe and want to duck out of sight for the rest of my life. What I am doing instead is writing about it. A decision that is at the same time fool-hearty and freeing. I wrote about the event in the introduction portion of a current project. I realize that my secret will be out there for everyone to see, but it is necessary to the context of the book. Outlining the contents made me realize that the root of my interest in the subject came from the … Continue reading

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