Archives for October, 2014

Commitment

Lessons from the Maestro

Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926 in Astoria, Queens, New York to parents of Italian ancestry. His mother was born in America and his father emigrated from Italy in 1906. Like most of the children of emigrant families, who grew up during the depression, Anthony had a first-hand experience of poverty. Due to health problems related to a childhood in which he contracted rheumatic fever, his father John lost his ability to...
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Getting Grit

This is the second installment of our two part series on "Grit", defined by Webster as “indomitable spirit; resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulty.”
In case you're wondering about what in the world would be sufficiently challenging to require such great strength of will and intention, the answer, which probably won't surprise you, is "Relationships". Specifically, primary relationships and committed partnerships. If you don't have to ask "Why?", then you've probably...
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Got Grit?

Flickr: Alan Levine

In case you haven’t noticed, relationships can be trying. They can try our patience, our strength, our commitment and the limits of our capacity for understanding. They can also challenge our belief that when people really love each other, differences are easily and effortlessly dissolved or resolved. Many people believe that “all you need is love”, and if you have enough of it, you’re pretty much assured that...
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Ten Steps to Overcoming FOMO

Flickr: John M. P. Knox
In our previous blog we addressed the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the dangers of being possessed by this insidious condition. In this posting we are offering ten valuable practices that are guaranteed to help to free you from the grip of FOMO and to enhance the quality of your relationships as well as the overall quality of...
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Beware the Dangers of FOMO

Flickr: Bark

I’ve known my friend David (not his real name) for over twenty years and we’ve always gotten along well. That’s probably, at least in part due to the fact that we share a lot of common interests and values.

Lately though, David has developed a habit that has been driving me slightly crazy. Whenever I suggest that we do something together or offer him an invitation of any kind, his response...
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A Little Good News for a Change

Last Thursday was one of those “Maybe-I just-need-to-stop-reading-the-newspaper-for-a-while days. There wasn’t a lot of uplifting news in the world, at least, not that I was hearing about from my usual sources. But then I came upon this piece on-line and my faith in humanity and in the power and possibility of committed partnerships was almost instantly restored.

The story is about a British couple, Maurice and Helen Kaye who have been married for a while. On...
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