Category: Family

Conversations and How to Have Them

Together we discussed friendship, which was one of my favorite experiences. But recently I have noticed that friendship (or relationships in general) are built and fueled by conversations. Over the past few months I have been observing conversations. But conversations are weird. Some are like…

Hating Salmon and Lemon Squares

“He hates Salmon.” “He hates Lemon Squares.” “He is grumpy if he doesn’t eat.” “He is grumpy if woken from a nap.” “He [insert event, either one time or a repeated event that happened, and form a hard-wired rule about the person despite the…

New Patterns, New Memories

Getting together with people, especially with those who are close, is not always easy. Logistics. What time, where, who, and what? Dynamics. The past, the incident, that time, and those words. Expectations. The food, the venue, the relationships, and the activities. Patterns. When to…

The Forgiveness Receipt

We do something wrong. There is a transaction that needs to occur. We need to apologize. We need to say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. A real apology: Not a “I am sorry if I [offended, hurt, misunderstood, overreacted…] But more of…

Perspective

Ironically I got to speak to a group on emotional intelligence a week before the holidays. We joked about how the class was a perfect place to learn and practice before we interacted with our families and friends at various celebrations. Stress can run…

Celebrate Events

(Image Courtesy of My Daughter, and the Washington Monument) A few years ago I wrote about lessons I learned from my mom. They were simple lessons: Be Tough. Work Hard. Celebrate Events. Last week, I was able to share these lessons with the crowd of family and…

More Flexible, Less Fear

The other day someone asked me to describe my two biggest goals in life. Once I got over the “Hey, I thought this was going to be a casual conversation!” I spent some time thinking about my response. The reply didn’t come right away,…

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