The power of words

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. Jessamyn West 1902 – 1984 I have some vivid memories from childhood. For instance, when someone would say something mean, insulting or hurtful to me, I’d go to Mother with tears running down my cheeks and look for comfort. And she would always say, “Go tell them that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” I probably heard that saying hundreds of times, and I began using it as a retort when someone said something hurtful to me. I suppose it was a form of …
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Why do you get up in the morning?

Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009 When I’m working with someone, I often ask them this question: why do you get up in the morning? Take a moment to think about your answer before you continue reading. When I ask this question, the overwhelming majority of the answers fall into one of these categories: I have to go to work; I have to take care of the kids; I have to go to school. But I never rest with this first answer; I always dig deeper. So my next question might …
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Are your beliefs killing you?

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha c. 563 BCE – c. 480 BCE We all know the impact stress has on our health–that it’s the underlying cause of so many health-related issues today. But we also know that not all commonly held beliefs are true. So what about this one? It turns out that stress is a little more complicated than we thought. Researchers conducted an eight year study involving thirty thousand U.S. adults. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked two questions: how …
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