Finding Beauty In Our Own Lives

March 12, 2011 by  
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I have many friends who live with a physical disability.

I’ve always had great empathy for others, but since my late husband’ illness and passing, I have added knowledge to my empathy.  That may explain a great new number of people that have come into my life suffering some form of loss.

Every day I learn from one of my friends what it is to live with a disability.  The struggle doesn’t end with the acceptance of the loss.  There is self-esteem, reinventing a life, and there is the constant health struggle.

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The Close Relationship Between Work And Well-Being

November 18, 2010 by  
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Found the below article on today’s Huffington Post.  It talks about a shift in what people are looking for in terms of work.  Whereas in the past financial compensation and power were key, today a certain amount of freedom and meaning are top of the list.

I think it is an interesting discussion because it points back to what we discuss on this site; that purpose and well-being exist in the exploration of ourselves and the relationships we establish with others and our environment.  The illusion that money and power alone could provide for happiness is being shown for what it is; short-sighted.

Many of us are pushing back to the higher demands being placed on our time and attention and are purposely carving out time for friends, family and solitude.

If you have the luxury to choose the line of work you can perform, than finding something that is more in line if you ideals of well-being should be something to pursue with enthusiasm.  After all, work has an intimate relationship with meaning.

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Get Rid Of False Pride

July 15, 2010 by  
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I have found the following definitions for pride on the web:

  • a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  • satisfaction with your (or another’s) achievements; “he takes pride in his son’s success”
  • the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards

Most of us have a frail or misplaced sense of worth.  We look at our world accomplishments to base our sense of self-respect and pride on, i.e. “I have X amount of dollars in the bank”, or “I’m really important I have Y job.”  But what happens when we lose the money or the job?  Do we also lose our sense of personal worth?  If someone tells us the job we are so proud of is not that important, do we lose our self-respect? Read more

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