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Releasing Resentments

“Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Although I don't like to admit it, I have allowed anger and resentment over slights (real or imagined) to keep me imprisoned in a cage of my own making. Recently,...


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Airport Encounters

I am a consummate people watcher and connector. Everywhere I go, I meet folks from all of the world with stories to share. As I am writing this entry, I am sitting on the carpeted floor of terminal D3 in the airport in Las Vegas en route to my home in the Philadelphia area. My back is supported by a pole while my computer is charging. I came to this city where it is said that what...


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The Incredible Shrinking Woman

One relationship that remains a constant in our lives is the one with the woman or man in the mirror. When we look at the person whose reflection stares back at us, we have two choices. We can be satisfied or distressed with what we see. Not sure that I know any woman, regardless of outward appearance who is happy with the container that totes around her essence. Even the most classically beautiful person, has smudgy...


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Ancestors Calling

I was born into a Russian Jewish immigrant family on both sides. My paternal grandparents left the old country prior to the pogroms. Think Fiddler on the Roof when Jews were ousted as a result of persecution. My maternal grandparents were American born, but their parents came from Russia as well. Both worked hard to make a good life for themselves and their children in this country with streets fabled to be paved in gold. When they arrived at...


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Welcome To All About Relationships

Welcome to the debut of a new column for Psych Central called All About Relationships. The title originates from a weekly Blog talk radio show that I host with a similar name. Since humans are social beings, relationships are pivotal in order to both survive and thrive. Our initial interactions are with family of origin. Some are healthy and vitalizing; others sadly lacking in essential nutrients. They can shape our world view, but need...