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Monday Apr 16 2007
By Marilyn HayThis is the second post in a two-part series.
Changes and adaptations to my arthritis didn't end with learning to manage pain or finding new and fulfilling things to do at home. I could no longer manage the spiral staircase where I was living—I came close to falling enough times that it scared me. And the long, brutally cold winters in Winnipeg brought even more constant, relentless pain. I couldn’t bend well enough to get boots on, so was often confined indoors, unable to negotiate the snow. The idea of house-hunting was exhausting and I really didn’t know where to begin looking. I just knew I needed somewhere that wouldn’t get as cold in the winter and, hopefully, wouldn’t have as much snow.
Friday Apr 06 2007
Some bodies weather age better than others. In my case, arthritis has invaded my whole spine and all major joints, so my mobility has diminished quite significantly over a relatively short period of time. While I was never much of an athlete, I was always on the go, with energy to burn, traveling pretty much constantly in my job and for pleasure … And then, because of the unbearable pain and attendant exhaustion, I just had to stop. I couldn’t do my job any longer.
I scarcely remember the first two months of this change of lifestyle as I spent most of the time sleeping. When I woke up enough to really look around, I realized I was no longer the person I had been.[Read More]
Tuesday Feb 13 2007
How many people truly listen well? How much more common is it to ‘hear’ what we expect to hear, or to jump in to put our own views forward rather than concentrate on what the other person is saying? Sometimes we make assumptions about what the speaker is saying, about their intentions. We color everything with our worldview, with what matters to us. If we don’t trust the boss, we won’t believe what they’re saying or we’ll think they have some hidden agenda. If we feel vulnerable, we may well perceive threats that are implied, not real. If we have something to sell, we may listen for an opening to put our ideas or goods on the table. How often do we bemoan or hear others wail, “Nobody listens to me!”
Wednesday Dec 20 2006
As I continue to follow my passion, helping people ‘feel’ beautiful, I’ve come to notice that beauty and self-image are one and the same. The journey to real beauty is an interesting path of self-appreciation. Many women and men ask for my help to ‘look’ more beautiful. These individuals have often felt a prompting to change their behavior, even more so than their look. They are beginning to see the possibilities in themselves and just need a little encouragement to ‘be’ themselves, to fully express who they are. Whether they receive an image make-over as a gift or whether they ‘gift’ themselves, the inspiration usually comes from a desire to discover their own inner beauty (as well as maximize what they’ve been given).[Read More]
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