There are so many posts, memes, comments and hopes about happiness. But what is the real-life definition of happiness? Is it a state of being or a momentary feeling that comes and goes like a passing shower?Continue reading “Don’t worry. Be happy.”
I have an overwhelming need. A raging desire. A void that beckons to be filled. I can’t deny it. I can’t fight it. It can lie dormant for short periods of time, letting me think that I am freed from the chains that bind me, then slowly and sneakily creeps it’s way to the forefront of my mind. It is a hunger of sorts, a gnawing on my psyche that eats away at my discipline until I feel starved. That starvation results in weakness, an incessant craving that grips me and won’t let go. I have to have it. I can’t control it. Give it to me now.Continue reading “I’m a junkie.”
With the range of diverse opinions and social commentary surrounding us these days – whether we overhear it in the supermarket, read it on social media or participate in an exchange ourselves when making small talk – I can’t help but scratch my head, asking myself when we grew so ugly as a society?
Raised by generations that discouraged speaking publicly about religion or politics while Archie Bunker – the most politically incorrect of all – bellowed from living rooms everywhere, there was a time when civil proclivity, common courtesy and respect for one’s fellow (wo)man were the norm. Manners were considered commonplace and not airing one’s dirty laundry – whether your own or the opinions you held about others – was the standard.
If you haven’t yet seen my post on shame, please visit https://www.elephantjournal.com/2020/08/the-conflict-of-shame/ to read the published piece.
They say that we learn things like hate, shame, racism, prejudice, insecurity, fear – we are not born that way. And I found that notion floating through my mind over the course of today.
Some of us do harbor an innate sense of insecurity, fear or many other possible personality traits. But I question if ‘they’ are right. Is it innate – or was it cumulative comments, experiences and judgments that resulted in our feeling the way we feel?Continue reading “The conflict of shame.”
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Are you struggling? Are you harboring thoughts, feelings or emotions that you’re not quite sure what do with? Are you looking to make changes in your life, but feel stuck? So many of us feel alone – but we’re not.Continue reading “Ask Pennwell.”
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When the pain of being in a relationship weighs heavier on your heart than the pain you’ll inevitably feel when it’s over, making that decision to let go can still be difficult – or is that the easy part?Continue reading “You’ve said goodbye. But was that the easy part?”