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Convey a Heartfelt Message in Writing – 7 Tips to Touch Another with Emotion

By Monica Nelson With Valentine’s Day approaching, loving sentiments can be found on every greeting card rack. Words written by another are nice, but your own heartfelt message delivers an emotional shot to their heart and endears you to them in a special way. If you want to make a bold impact, follow these tips to convey a heartfelt message. 1. Get in touch with your feelings. Feelings are the language of the heart. To evoke emotion from another, you must know and understand your own. Go to a quiet place and clear your mind. Draw your awareness to your current state of mind. What are you feeling right now? … Continue reading

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How to Handle Conflicting Information – 5 Steps to Peaceful Progress

By Monica Nelson To those of us who seek out counsel and advice from valued sources, looking for the answers to our personal life questions, it can be a bit confusing sometimes. Conflicting advice abounds in our information-laden world. One example might be the question of whether or not it is appropriate to gain wealth. On the one hand you find information that suggests that there is nothing wrong with making money. Often such advice uses as support the fact that once you have a certain amount of wealth, you will be able to share it with those who are less fortunate. On the other hand, you will find advice that … Continue reading

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Two Very Different Ways to Deal With Hurt

By Monica Nelson You’ve been hurt by someone you care about. They have carelessly taken your heart and stomped all over it. How you react not only tells a lot about who you are as a person, it dictates how you feel. There are as many unique ways to react to a hurt as there are individuals on this earth. But let’s take a look at some general responses and analyze how they affect your life. One: Allowing Emotionally Overrun Responses These type of responses occur when you allow your hurt and pain to take over. When you let anger, bitterness, and vengeance have ultimate control, your response becomes a … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Past, so You Can Live in the Present

By Monica Nelson A basic thread throughout many of my posts is the need to live in the present. I believe we don’t fully live unless we use each moment we are given to experience that life. Unfortunately, there are a number of impediments that divert our attention and cause present-minding distraction. Let’s take a look at some of these and find ways to overcome them: Stop Ruminating on the Past The term rumination came about from how a cow chews its cud. It is a perfect picture for how we reflect on and relive over and over again past incidents that caused us pain or sorrow. The simple answer … Continue reading

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Take a Moment to Sit in Love

By Monica Nelson About a year ago, I took my son to pick up his glasses at the optometrist. It had been an extremely hot and frustrating day. After a number of errands, this was our last and we wanted to get home. The optometrist’s counter was just inside the doctor’s office off to the left. The pathway toward the doctor’s office was at an angle that cut across the very small area in front of the counter. People were smashed against one another when we arrived. My son and I stood on the fringes waiting our turn. We moved side-to-side as people walked to and from the doctor’s intake … Continue reading

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Explosion or Expression, Anger Gone Wrong

By Monica Nelson Three years ago there was an incident that took place at Bellevue College in Washington state. Students in a classroom got into a verbal altercation during a video presentation in class. The verbal exchanges were fierce and escalated quickly. It ended when one of the students attacked the other with a knife. What is not surprising, and an ironic twist, is that the class the students were attending was an anger management class. Anger is an emotion. When we think of anger, we generally think of it as a negative emotion. But anger can be a healthful and positive emotion. It helps us diffuse a build-up of … Continue reading

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Show Don’t Tell and the Love Verb

By Monica Nelson In writing, there is a rule for engaging an audience. It is the Show Don’t Tell rule. For a story to be effective, to draw in the reader, to grab hold of interest and keep it, a writer must seize the audience’s emotions. Which scene captivates you more? He could feel a surge of nausea move up from his stomach to his throat. But he could stand it no longer. Fixing his gaze into her eyes willing it to hold her attention, he slid his cold hands down to hers and held them with shaking confidence. His knee fell to the gravel, pain shooting through his leg, … Continue reading

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