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Feb 13

Saying No

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values

NOFor many of us, “No” is the first word that we spoke.

And, we heard it throughout our childhood:
“No, you can’t do that.”
“No, you’re not old enough.”
“No, you’re not big enough.”

As we got older people used “No” as a weapon:
“No, you’re not pretty enough.”
“No, you’re not smart enough.”
“No, you’re not good enough.”

“No” can protect.
“No” can push away.

Push-Away Politely

Scenarios: You are – asked out, flirted with, asked to dance, offered a drink, etc. – by someone you’re not interested in. What can you do?

Jul 28

Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston

Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Reviews, Social, Values

Mark Gregston’s Tough Guys and Drama Queens is written to help parents help their teens by providing a harbor through the storms of life.

Gregston states that, “When it comes to parenting, it’s not about us. It’s about our kids. Our parenting should not be a display of effort to try to be recognized as parent of the year, but ours should be lives filled with actions that teach our kids how to develop discernment, moral values, and compassion for the world around them. Mom and dads, your teens don’t need more friends; they need a parent. They need a close relationship with someone who is determined to teach them how to survive in a world where responsibility is an essential character trait.”

Mar 22

Tsunamis, Shorelines and the Sloppy Messes of Life

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values

While in Oahu Amy and I stayed at a beautiful place close to the ocean.

“Close” is an understatement.  Outside our cottage was the beach.  Twenty or thirty feet of beach and a subtle slope separated us from the ocean.

On that beach, sitting in a lounge chair, feet away from the ocean I took pictures of the best sunrise of my life.

Shorelines

Most people I know have been captivated by shorelines.  Decide for yourself.  What thoughts or feelings come to mind when you see these pictures?