Happiness with a side of sadness

You may have heard Hawaii called the Rainbow State. It certainly lives up to its name. I'd say that I see rainbows like this at least once a week. The other day there was a rainbow amidst a bunch of fluffy white clouds, and I wished that I could see that rainbow on a day … Continue reading Happiness with a side of sadness

When anger is compassion

There are two things about me that annoy me: I am anxious (read: quick) to forgive.I have a terribly memory. (Ok, there are many more than those two, but since my therapist is not here let's not pull too eagerly at that thread.) The adage "Forgive and forget" is how I naturally and effortlessly live … Continue reading When anger is compassion

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