Archives for August 2014

The Power of Quiet Time

Most of us don’t have quiet time. We're usually too busy to sit quietly for even a minute. We certainly don't believe we deserve a space of our own in which to go within to replenish our energy. In the book, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf refers to a woman needing a quiet space of her own to write. I doubt if Woolf could have envisioned the hectic lives most women live today. Whether we apply it to writing or other areas of our lives, Woolf’s message is still relevant. We all need some quiet time and a space to reflect and reclaim a sense of well being. Some of us manage to build quiet time into our busy days but others constantly complain about a lack of time. Most often, it’s not time we lack but rather, we regret forfeiting … [Read more...]

What picture are you painting?

What picture are you painting in your mind about yourself? Anytime we paint a picture in our mind that’s not authentic or represent who we really are, it leaves an indelible imprint.  It's an image that we constantly try to emulate, assimilate and redefine based on someone else’s picture. Recently I attended a paint party.  Paint parties are popping up all over the United States.  They are sometimes held in restaurants, bars and private homes.  Wherever they are held, the atmosphere is jovial and there is always plenty to eat and drink.  The whole idea of a paint party is to have fun while a professional artist guides novices (like me) in creating our own unique work of art. Like anything we try that’s new, I was apprehensive and … [Read more...]

7 Warning Signs of Depression

The world was saddened this week by the death of Mr. Robin Williams, an iconic comedian, beloved American legend and accomplished actor. Mr. Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression. He appears to have taken his own life.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family. Depression is an insidious mental health disease effecting millions of people every year. Severely depressed individuals are at high risk of suicide. Symptoms of depression can be tough to detect in someone close to you and even harder to detect in yourself. On occasion, most people feel a little sad, anxious or gloomy. These feelings are quite common when they are the result of a significant life change (e.g., loss of job, divorce, illness, work … [Read more...]

How Well Do I Listen?

Most of us have experienced the frustration of having someone not listen to us or felt that same frustration when someone says you're not listening to him or her.   But, before we get all bent out of shape and accuse someone of not listening, we must first ask ourselves the question, "how well do I listen"? You must learn to be a good listener if you want others to listen to you.  That means putting down the smartphone and giving the other person your undivided attention. A smartphone is no substitute for meaningful connection Listening is so much more than hearing the words that are spoken. Listening involves paying full attention to the person speaking, taking note of the tone of voice, gestures, body language and making eye … [Read more...]