The weight of forgiveness

Recently I had a phone conversation that led to someone asking for my forgiveness for a hurt that I truly and honestly had forgotten about. At the time of the apology I said "Of course I forgive you!" with all the cheer and comfort and grace I could shove into my slightly tight voice. And … Continue reading The weight of forgiveness

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The question that makes me less judgmental

What security are they afraid of losing? Two instincts drive human behavior: self-promotion and self-protection. (I'm sure there are more, but those are two.) These aren't necessarily good or bad instincts, they're just how we've evolved to evaluate the world and figure out how to move about in it. We always want to improve our … Continue reading The question that makes me less judgmental

How to avoid psychological and environmental collapse, by Erich Fromm

Part II of Jana's tales of "OMG I READ THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE AND LIFE-CHALLENGING BOOKS WHILE ON OUR PARADISE VACATION." A book about surviving emotional and psychological faceplants, a novel about the Holocaust, a book about how to avoid psychological and ecological disaster, and a book about murder. The only book I didn't get to … Continue reading How to avoid psychological and environmental collapse, by Erich Fromm

Stories, boundaries, and compassion: thoughts on Rising Strong by BrenĂ© Brown

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a rather miraculously wonderful bout of reading on vacation. It was both the worst and best time to read books that forced my self-reflection. On one hand, I didn't have the constant busyness of life to distract and interrupt introspection! Yay, insights! ... on the other, … Continue reading Stories, boundaries, and compassion: thoughts on Rising Strong by BrenĂ© Brown