Relationships, no matter whether family, friends, or romantic, require our effort. Here are 5 skills to create and maintain healthy relationships. 1. Communicate Your Needs. It does no good to assume that the other person should know what we want. Use your words. Be clear. 2. Be Present. It’s easy to get distracted. We are … More 5 Relationship Skills
There’s an old song that goes, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. And latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In Between.” I always say that you can have the best day of your life and find things wrong. You can also have the worst day and find gratitude. I’m … More Accentuate The Positive
1. Grow roots: Ground yourself in something that sustains you. It can be religious, spiritual, family, community, whatever feeds your soul.2. Sway with the wind: Trees need wind to grow stronger. Use your challenges to strengthen you. Also, we need to learn to let things flow around us instead of absorbing everything.3. Be a part … More Be A Tree
You remember when we used to pay cash for things? At the register, there was usually a coin jar with the the sign, “Take a penny, leave a penny.” The idea was that a penny really wasn’t a lot of money. If you had extra, you could throw your change in there. If you were … More Take A Penny, Leave A Penny
We’ve all had times in our life when we’ve been lonely. Truthfully, sometimes we feel loneliest when we are amongst other people. We all have times of feeling left out of the group or wondering if others care that we’re there. Different phases of our lives have us seeking new relationships. Maybe you are starting … More Is Kindness A Cure For Loneliness?
Being in quarantine has made some of us a little rusty about in person conversations. When we talk online, we can communicate whenever we decide to. We can wait to respond to the other person. We’ve gotten used to playing on our phones while someone is talking on Zoom. We can check out on a … More The Art of Communication
Have you ever had a random compliment turn your day around? Had a sweet, thoughtful comment on social media from a friend you hadn’t heard from in a while? How did it feel? How do you feel when you get a written letter in the mail? How about when someone close to you takes the … More Tell Them About It
From Elaina: Most mornings, I say the same prayer: “I am grateful for being so filled with light and grace that it flows from me. Thank you for guiding me to the who, what, where, and when for my greatest good and where I can influence the greater good.” Truthfully, I’m not feeling really full … More Shine On!
From Elaina: I was teaching a class the other day and one of my members told me of a conversation she had with a 30 year son of a friend. This lady was probably in her 70s. She told me that this gentleman is a photographer who specializes in pictures that find beauty in the … More Hope for the future