I was feeling uneasy about some classes I wanted to take. After sharing my feelings with my daughter, I realized I was feeling uncomfortable with my decision to take the classes because I was associating this new adventure in my life with a similar old event that did not turn out good for me.
I followed some instructions in a book I was reading entitled, “Basic Principles of the Science of Mind” by Dr. Frederick Bailes. The author suggested that one make a list of all the good things one could remember.
I made a list of the good things in my life — all the right decisions I have made — all of the best compliments I have ever received. When I looked at my list, I smiled.
I believe you will smile too when you make a list of the good things and you see on paper all the things that you did do right — or, have gone right in your life.
We experience more good than bad. However, the bad stands out in our memories more than the good.
Because of new projects I am involved with, I may not return with a new podcast episode until January. Much love to all and celebrate every day. Peace-
I talk about the coming holidays and how stressful holidays can be. I also state that unlike taxes, we don’t have to do holidays. We can choose to celebrate or not celebrate in a manner that feels good to us.
I also speak about the fact that that I was raised in a Baptist church and our family celebrated Christmas. I talk about the anger I felt when I found out my gifts didn’t come from Santa. I felt betrayed by adults and never trusted them the same after that. I vowed that when I grew up and I had children I would never tell them the Santa lie. My children and I enjoyed Christmas and the Christmas stories. However, I always told them that when they get a gift it is because someone loved them enough to share something wonderful with them.
Let everyday be a holiday. We don’t have to wait for someone to tell us when to give gifts to our friends or give something thing back ti those in need. Celebrate everyday in your special way.
In this recording I share what it felt like when I was dealing with depression and other so-called mental illnesses — and, How I took my life back.
October is “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”. I believe what we focus on we create more of. Therefore, I am not going to dwell too long on this topic at this time. However, I do feel that it is important for people to be aware that domestic violence and relationship abuse is prevalent and is a real challenge in our communities.
Also, understand that men as well as women sometimes find themselves in abusive relationships. An average of three people are killed in this country every day as a result of a domestic violence incident.
In this episode I address what I believe is the most asked question about domestic violence, “Why do they [the person being abused] stay?”
I also talk about what some of the warning signs are, the importance of paying attention to our gut feelings, and what I believe the solution to domestic violence and relationship abuse is.
I conclude by talking about the “PLAYER”. Players don’t hit women. They just play with them emotionally. Is this abuse?
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
I found my ninth grade report card from 1964 -1965. How I remember me as a student and what the report card reveals are two totally different perspectives. My homeroom teacher reports that I was somehow too talkative and and out of control during the first half of my ninth grade year. I am also trying to figure out how I could have gotten an ‘N’ (N = Needs improvement) in homeroom conduct. I remember me being fun and funny. Could my teachers have mistaken my wonderful gifts of joy and bigger than life self-expression as a problem?
I also describe a couple of situations where I thought the adults did not respect or honor students as they should have.
I share how much fun my sister and I used to have taking turns being characters from the musical, West Side Story. We would dance for hours to that sound track in our living room. I never thought in a million years that I would meet any of the people on that album. However, as an adult, I had the pleasure of performing with the late Larry Kert (Tony in the original Broadway version of West Side Story) in the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.