Peace in Your Heart Can Ripple Around the World

Canadian snowman.jpgAt the very end of the last chapter in Healing Relationships is an Inside Job is the sentiment from a Christmas card we received many years ago that rang true then — and is even truer today.

I give it to you as my greeting this year.

If there is peace in the heart, there will be peace in the home.

If there is peace in the home, there will be peace in the neighborhood.

If there is peace in the neighborhood, there will be peace in the city.

If there is peace in the city, there will be peace in the state.

If there is peace in the state, there will be peace in the nation.

If there is peace in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

Let peace begin with me.

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Celebrate the Year That Is Ending

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Although this post is about the end of 2014 and we haven’t even gotten to Dec. 25, I believe it is a good idea to start thinking about how you will approach the end of what may have been a very difficult year.

This is particularly important for me since my husband died this past February. Looked at in one way, it is a year that can seem terribly depressing. Looked at in another way, there is much for which I am grateful and want to celebrate. Read More

Reading Body Language at Family Get-Togethers

Cover of Healing Relationships is an Inside JobLast week I gave you an excerpt from Healing Relationships is an Inside Job on suggestions for how you might listen to someone with whom you would ordinarily have a difficult time.

This week I want to share the text that appears right after that segment in the book. Like the suggestions on listening “with the third ear,” this post gives you information on how body language gives a wealth of information to another person. It can tell them whether you are really interested in them, or whether you can hardly wait until you have a chance to say something.

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Once Again Time for Sharing Great Recipes

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There are those who keep their best recipes to themselves. They don’t want any competition at the potluck. They want to be praised as the best cook, baker or candy-maker at the office or in the neighborhood.

Fortunately for you, I absolutely enjoy giving away a recipe that will get raves from family and friends.
It is a caramel I posted two years ago — I’m even using the same picture. If you didn’t see it then, now is the time to get the ingredients and start making the best caramels you’ve ever tasted. Read More

How Politically Correct Will You Be This Season?

What role does political correctness
play during the holidays?

Political correctness or “PC” is “the attitude or policy of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are believed to have a disadvantage.”

Since we are all minorities in one way or another, or disadvantaged in one way or another, we can twist ourselves into knots trying not to offend someone and at the same time expressing ourselves honestly.

Some cartoons I recently came across showed how easy it is to offend someone when we are simply trying to wish others well during this season — a time that is intended to be more peaceful and to bring people together.

Here are three I particularly liked.

ONE:

In the first panel of a comic strip a smiling woman wishes a man “Happy Holidays.” In response he smiles and says “Merry Christmas.”

In the next panel she is a little annoyed and with a frown says, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” and he says “MERRY CHRISTMAS.”

In the next panel she shouts “HAPPY *#&!! HOLIDAYS!” He shouts, “MERRY @&$#*! CHRISTMAS!”

In the final panel they are fighting each other on the ground under a banner proclaiming “Peace on Earth.”

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