In this post I’ve decided to share several thoughts that have come into my head that I’ve only shared via Twitter….with a little explanation about what prompted the tweets! Some bloggers aren’t Tweeters & many Tweeters aren’t bloggers…so I want to share with both communities!
Tweeted 17 Sep 12: In the end…it truly is about perspective! With a change of view the worst can have value & disappointment can mean relief!
This tweet came after hearing how my wife’s day went. One of our twin daughters (Madeleine) is struggling with accepting the requirements and demands of high school and college curriculum. Even though at 17 years old she’s figured everything out concerning the rest of her life for a career, there are things she must accept are steps that must be taken to get to her destination. As my wife says, you cannot know in this moment at what point in your future you may borrow from what you learn today.
Tweeted 16 Sep 12: Part of life’s journey includes sometimes feeling/being lost…it’s in the absence of knowing that we are truly free to explore.
My other twin daughter (Megan) thought she had all of her future figured out as far as college/career. Within the last several months however, she’s come to a place where she realizes there are several other things that passionately interest her. She had a dream that she relayed to me on Sunday that she had last week about “trying to find her home” because she was lost. The man in her dream didn’t give her the answers but extended a hand to her after she finished sobbing at his feet. I asked her what she thought it meant. She stated that maybe he was telling her that it was okay to “be lost.”
Tweeted 16 Sep 12: Life abhors incongruence…dissonance is tolerated as long as there is movement toward eventual harmony!
I was thinking about the teacher’s strike in Chicago, the anti-American sentiment over the poor-taste film that’s stirred the ire of Muslims, conflicts in the workplace, and disputes in families. The goal of many in Psychology disciplines will try to help troubled individuals gain a healthy perspective on your unique situation. Counselors and mediators in the workplace will listen to both sides of a story and try to facilitate resolution. No matter the issue…when actions and attitudes become destructive, somehow both sides desire closure–even though the goal for each is toward their own advantage. When two opposites disagree…as long as discussions are the agreed upon approach, the tempers can be kept in check, when both parties believe there will be some positive outcome from their perspective as long as they willingly participate. These predictive behaviors is what makes psychology an art/science…defined, repeatable behaviors. In nature, similar repeating patterns occur…often a natural resolve toward harmony or something that looks as though an artist intentionally created the beauty…Fractals (patterns on a window pane during frosty nights) are the example that come to mind.
Tweeted 2 Sep 12: Hate is easy, lazy, & destructive!–there’s quite enough in this world. Spread a little love–find a worthy cause & give of yourself!
Was just thinking about all the mud-slinging going on in the media about the opponents in the Presidential Campaign! The extremes of opinions and positions on critical issues facing our nation requires us to be a team to solve them. Blathering on and on or mindlessly forwarding, sharing or reposting political crap on social media platforms does little more than annoy those who don’t agree with the shared opinion/sketch. This is NOT helpful or productive. If you really care about the future of our free nation, you’ll actually find legitimate news sources, do your research and vote the best man or woman for the job–PERSON NOT PARTY! After all, primarily the person who does get elected has a limited influence in what actually happens in our reality. It is the Congress and the Senate who make the majority of the decisions (on our behalf) that we have to live with and complain about. So if you’re unhappy…don’t blame the man (or woman) who’s hair upon leaving office will be ten shades of white paler than when entering office…..blame yourself! YOU HAVE A VOICE and a RIGHT/OBLIGATION to participate in this democratic form of government. Our republic depends upon you! Your job isn’t finished when you fill in the circles on the ballot. Pick up the phone, write a letter, join a campaign effort, or run for office yourself! At the very least…time spent tearing other people down is time wasted. Be a part of the solution to problems and challenges. There are plenty of charities, shelters, and fundraising efforts going on that could use your time and energy toward greater purposes.
- Stop ‘Trying’ to Be Happy (Hint: Just Get Rid of Your Angst) (psychologytoday.com)
- Individual Survivalism vs. Community (ubcgcu.wordpress.com)
- Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain (livescience.com)
- The First Step to Achievement is Learning to Live in the Now (ashleykimler.com)