The six step pause

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962 Most of our days — and therefore most of our lives — are filled with routine, mundane events. But many days we encounter pivotal moments, also known as key moments, as well. These are moments fraught with emotional stress: disagreements with a co-worker or a loved one; being criticized by your boss, spouse or close friend; discovering your work or home routine will be significantly changed. …
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Think outside the (gift) box

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! At one time or another, I think we’ve all seen How the Grinch Stole Christmas — either the original show or one of the modern adaptations. A new musical version was recently unveiled, and 2020 seems to be the perfect year for it; the storyline and the message are both highly appropriate for the current season. For many people, there will be no festivities this year. The spread of the virus makes gathering risky, …
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Unsocial media

Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, e-mailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell. Maureen Dowd 1952 – Over the past few years, multiple studies have shown that people find social media stressful and overwhelming–so much so that many of them considered giving it up completely. I have to say, I’m not surprised. When you really examine it, social media is decidedly unsocial. Social media sites like Facebook were billed as tools for …
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