Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
Almost every week I hear someone say, “she made me…” or “he made me…” as if they could.
Without a doubt we influence one another, but far too often we justify bad attitudes and hurtful responses because of the attitudes and decisions of others.
This week when tempers flare during your holiday gatherings here are three strategies to drop the drama:
1. Choose to use a soft voice.
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.“ 1
Regardless what the other person chooses you can chose a soft and kind tone in your voice.
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
MySilentScream was especially silent this last month.
At the risk of self-serving self-promotion, thank you to the hundreds of readers in twenty-nine countries who took the time to read mysilentscreams over the past month. Your graciousness is inexplicable and appreciated!
Posts will resume in October.
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Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today as I prepared to post Do You Care I saw that some grand numbers were within reach. Ladies and gentlemen, today we reached 10,000+ views and 1,000+ comments. We have loads of subscribers & RSS readers too. THANK YOU for your support!
Thanks to all of you for making mysilentscream your silentscream!
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Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
No one needs a “holiday” to show love, but it’s a day like Valentines Day that can catalyze kindness.
1. Say “Thank you.”
Most people don’t take the time to express appreciation for their loved ones. This Valentines Day – before dinner, at the lunch table, in the break room, on the phone, through a text – take a moment to say something specific that you appreciate about that person.
2. Give a handwritten a note.
Text. Twitter. IM. Voxer. Cell phones. Apps. Every communication seems to be instant and electronic. This Valentines Day try something new – actually old – write a handwritten note!
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.
Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:
1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
Today is the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. A nationwide marketing “holiday” to trigger sales in anticipation of holiday gift-giving and gatherings.
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
I turned 50 today.
Before this year I never though much about fifty.
As I look back, look within, and look forward I feel grateful.
– Grateful for all those who carried me in the past
– Grateful for all those who support me, encourage me and follow my example.
– Grateful for all the great role models who travel ahead of me.
God reminds us, “In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. ‘God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.’ ” [1 Peter 5:5, NCV]
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
Stresses weigh us down.
When we’re screaming nonsense, pounding on walls, swearing about our circumstances, and mumbling under our breath, we need hope; because , “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.” 1
Worries tighten us up.
“If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over.” 2 Fortunately, there’s hope.
And, now’s an ideal opportunity to introduce you to an uplifting, hope-filled song by India.Arie.
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
This week my friend Adam took the time to sincerely, and publicly offer his thanks to people that have helped him through a rough stretch of life. Almost fifty responses later I appreciate that Adam and those who responded to his gratitude have exposed something missing in society — a cultural shortcoming — sincerity.
Sincerity is missing in our society.
Far too many people hide their motives in manipulation.
Adam is a caring, compassionate, courageous, but conflicted person whose worse battles in life have been with himself.
Yesterday I reminded all of us about 12 Times to Say “I’m Sorry.