Friendship and relationship advice

  • Friendship and relationship advice,  Health & wellbeing,  Inspirational quotes

    Trusted friends

    “Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.” ~Virginia Woolf English author Virginia Woolf often celebrated female friendship in her books and diaries. She knew how precious it is to have a friend or two who will listen to our fears, hopes, and dreams. That level of trust, she suggested, is built on shared history, common interests, and a deep commitment to supporting one another. It’s true: If you’re feeling down and blue, a good talk with a trusted friend is the best antidote. I’m grateful for the friendships I lean on when the light goes out in my heart, or when I want to share…

  • Friendship and relationship advice,  Personal growth,  Positivity,  Rumi

    Luminosity

    “Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those who draw you to that.” ~Rumi Other people’s moods and opinions are contagious. In fact, there’s a clinical study suggesting that we become like the five people with whom we spend most of our time. (Have you ever noticed how so many married couples and best friends actually resemble each other?) According to this theory, if your spouse, peer group, and coworkers are serial pessimists and complainers, you might be one too. Psychological studies aside, I’m drawn to folks who spread their sunshine and beam me out of the shadows when I’m down. The world is dark…

  • Friendship and relationship advice,  Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Musuem,  Health & wellbeing,  Spirituality

    It’s all so complicated …

    “Life is actually quite simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~Confucius Human beings have a knack for crafting lives of infinite complexity. For starters, we shame ourselves if we’re not always “busy” or available on demand. We overburden our schedules with more commitments than we can easily manage, and consequently create more drama, more problems, than we can aptly resolve. Then we spend hours responding to hundreds of virtual strangers on social media platforms — and wonder why we don’t have a spare moment to gather with real friends for coffee. This year, why not aim for pure-and-simple choices in every aspect of life, from household chores to…

  • Civility and manners,  Friendship and relationship advice,  Politics

    Never assume

    “If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes our assumptions and preconceived notions are wrong, and therefore, our interpretation of events is incorrect. This causes us to overreact, to take things personally, or to judge people unfairly.” ~Elizabeth Thornton, Scottish author of historical fiction Things aren’t always as they seem. As every good magician knows, people interpret everything they see and hear through the filter of their own experience and beliefs. And sometimes they see and hear only what they wish to see and hear. It’s sobering, really, when you consider how easily any situation could be misjudged or misunderstood. It’s never a good idea to…

  • Christmas,  Friendship and relationship advice,  Generosity,  Holiday traditions

    The gift of your attention

    “Nothing you can give will ever be more appreciated than your sincere, focused attention—your full presence. Truly being with someone, and listening without a clock and without anticipation of the next event, is the ultimate compliment.” ~Marc Chernoff, Marc & Angel Hack Life This week, I’ve been preoccupied with last-minute holiday shopping. Should I bring a dessert or an appetizer to a Christmas Eve party? What about hostess gifts? Should I buy something else for our Christmas morning brunch? Did I forget to treat a friend? And do I have enough presents for my three-year-old grandson who also has a birthday this week? Then I ran across today’s quote —…

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