Are You Flexible?

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To be flexible means that our body is limber, pliable, and fluid…it also means that our mind is able to bend and to see another person's point of view…to be able to put ourselves in someone's shoes…to feel empathetic, compassion, non-stringent and to be able to "Go with the flow". Are you flexible? The other day I took an aerobics class at the gym to which I belong. I could tell there were many ladies who frequented this particular class, but this was my first time attending. To everyone's astonishment, except mine, the regular instructor was not there. (GASP) There was a substitute! As we were guiding our bodies in an attempt to become more flexible, I could see and hear whispers of disappointment about the way the instructor was teaching the class. She obviously was not doing the … [Read more...]

Six Pillars of Character

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The Josephson Institute, Center for Youth Ethics designed a program for kids called “Character Counts!”  This is a wonderful program many schools have put into practice.  These six pillars are a great reminder of how we should all live and treat each other:   Trustworthiness: Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country Respect: Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements Responsibility: Do … [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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"Love your neighbor as yourself": If we break down this Biblical scripture and common phrase it will take on a new light.  Here are a couple of powerful questions:  If you love your neighbor as yourself, yet you don't really love yourself...does that mean you don't love others or treat them as well as they deserve to be treated?  On the contrary, if you really love yourself, do you actually love others and treat them better than if you didn't?   I have observed these correlations in people over and over again, and have found them to be true.  If you feel this is true for you, you may either feel great about how you think and behave or you may feel like you have some work to do.  If you find yourself judging others, thinking nasty thoughts, or even being grumpy toward others, then you … [Read more...]

Why do some people irritate you?

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I think it is interesting how some people can just rub you the wrong way. I find this fascinating because that same person in question can be admired, loved , and respected by many other people.  Are you crazy?  Don't they all see what you see?  The real question is:  Why do some people irritate you while they don't bother other people?  Well, it is a psychological fact that when people have mannerisms, speech patterns, display certain habits, or do things that annoy you...more than likely you process these same traits.  So, does that mean that you don't like yourself? Well, yes and no.  This means you must do some self reflection and evaluation. Here is an example (This is only an example...it could be anything that bothers you about another person.): If Barbara is chomping her food … [Read more...]