James Baldwin said…

Calming Reactions to Others

How To Move On, Let Go & Get Closure With Your Past via @notsalmon

What Parents Can Learn From the Paris Hilton Documentary

Knowing if residential therapy is right for your teen and finding quality care: What Parents Can Learn From the Paris Hilton Documentary

10 Things Every Employee Must Do

Insurance against becoming a COVID economic casualty: 10 Things Every Employee Must Do

How to Carry Out a Personal SWOT Analysis for a Successful Life

One of the most powerful personal and professional development tools is the SWOT analysis. But what is SWOT analysis? Learn all about it here: How to Carry Out a Personal SWOT Analysis for a Successful Life

If You’re Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time: If You’re Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Healing Shame: a Guided Meditation with Tara Brach

5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Yourself

Practicing a few new habits can go a long way: 5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Yourself

8 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

How can you help build resilience in your child? Here are 8 things to consider: 8 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

Never Wrestle with a Pig. You Both Get Dirty and the Pig Likes It.

Keep this story in mind when talking with stubborn people: “The earliest strong match for the modern saying located by QI appeared in the January 3, 1948 issue of “The Saturday Evening Post” within a profile of Cyrus Stuart Ching who was the head of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service: A man in the audience began heckling him with a long series of nasty and irrelevant questions. For a while Ching answered patiently. Finally he held up his big paw and waggled it gently. “My friend,” he said, “I’m not going to answer any more of your questions. I hope you won’t take this personally, but I am reminded of something my old uncle told me, long ago, back on the farm. He said. ‘What’s the sense of wrestling with a pig? You both get all over muddy and the pig likes it.’”

Source: Never Wrestle with a Pig. You Both Get Dirty and the Pig Likes It – Quote Investigator

“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”

“The quote “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us”  is often mistakenly attributed to Marshall McLuhan. It does NOT appear in “Understanding Media”, as Wilson Miner confidently asserts in the presentation below, indeed it does not appear in any published work by McLuhan at all. The quote was actually written by Father John Culkin, SJ, a Professor of Communication at Fordham University in New York and friend of McLuhan. But though the quote is Culkin’s, I would argue that the idea is McLuhan’s, as it comes up in an article by Culkin about McLuhan: Culkin, J.M. (1967, March 18). A schoolman’s guide to Marshall McLuhan. Saturday Review, pp. 51-53, 71-72. The idea presented in the quote is entirely consistent with McLuhan’s thinking on technology in general.”

Source: “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” | McLuhan Galaxy

How to shift your mindset and choose your future

The Amazing Way Bicycles Change You

@simonsinek on #leadership

When the people have to manage dangers from inside the organization, the organization itself becomes less able to face the dangers from outside. Truly human leadership protects an organization from the internal rivalries that can shatter a culture. When we have to protect ourselves from each other, the whole organization suffers. But when trust and cooperation thrive internally, we pull together and the organization grows stronger as a result.

Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last Deluxe (p. 16). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

The Lockdown as a Spiritual Retreat

Five tips to harness the benefits of confinement: The Lockdown as a Spiritual Retreat

Staying Sane in the Time of Coronavirus: Leslie Davenport on mental and emotional well-being

He or She Reels You In to Pull the Rug

Why is it so hard to leave a covert narcissist? He or She Reels You In to Pull the Rug

Quaran-Teen Parenting

I’m settling for being a “good enough” mom: Quaran-Teen Parenting

There's got to be a pony in here somewhere

One of my favorite stories seems very appropriate for these times

“Over lunch today I asked Ed Meese about one of Reagan’s favorite jokes. ‘The pony joke?’ Meese replied. ‘Sure I remember it. If I heard him tell it once, I heard him tell it a thousand times.’”

“The joke concerns twin boys of five or six. Worried that the boys had developed extreme personalities – one was a total pessimist, the other a total optimist – their parents took them to a psychiatrist.”

“First the psychiatrist treated the pessimist. Trying to brighten his outlook, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with brand-new toys. But instead of yelping with delight, the little boy burst into tears. ‘What’s the matter?’ the psychiatrist asked, baffled. ‘Don’t you want to play with any of the toys?’ ‘Yes,’ the little boy bawled, ‘but if I did I’d only break them.’”

“Next the psychiatrist treated the optimist. Trying to dampen his out look, the psychiatrist took him to a room piled to the ceiling with horse manure. But instead of wrinkling his nose in disgust, the optimist emitted just the yelp of delight the psychiatrist had been hoping to hear from his brother, the pessimist. Then he clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to his knees, and began gleefully digging out scoop after scoop with his bare hands. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ the psychiatrist asked, just as baffled by the optimist as he had been by the pessimist. ‘With all this manure,’ the little boy replied, beaming, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!’”

A 70-year-old Woman’s Response to Coronavirus

‘Luminita, do you believe in the coronavirus?’ A sweet 70-year-old woman asked me the other day while I was in her store.‘I believe in God‘, I replied: A 70-year-old Woman’s Response to Coronavirus — Purpose Fairy

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