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I learned a lot from the book GROWING UP AGAIN by Jean Illsley Clarke. She lays out, in an easily understood way, the normal stages of human childhood development. Not only is this important information for learning parenting skills, it is also a road-map for people who need to and want to re-parent themselves because they didn’t get what they needed as children. But the lessons go beyond the cut and dry. From this information, it becomes easier to forgive, to be less judgmental and to embrace an optimistic and hopeful outlook. All good stuff!

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In my lifetime I’ve suffered from being on the receiving end of passive aggressive behavior; so, I’ve thought about it as I process the details of what has happened to me. And, at this stage of my life, I’m not just concerned about my own hurts; I am concerned for those who are stuck in this mode of being. As a person interested in fitness, I know that allowing negative feelings to fester inside creates harm beyond the emotions themselves. Internalizing frustration or anger reduces quality of life for all involved. I think it’s a good thing to increase everyone’s understanding of this dynamic because maybe then we all can better understand each other.

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It’s ok if you don’t love me

or like me

or respect me

like I always thought you would.

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The common human quest is to grow to our highest potential.

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Notes on the book entitled YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

This book was not only life-defining in terms of my personal thinking and my self-image but it allowed me to shift how I spent my time. I went from working a job to working for twelve years at unpaid, purposeful work at the non-profit that I founded. That work benefited many thousands of people. It contributed to a better understanding about social justice issues in Washington State. It provided a significant source of hope to thousands of people who had long since lost all hope.

The ideas in this book not only helped me grow personally; they allowed me to live out the reality that my life’s energy could contribute to the greater good. I am very, very grateful for all of these life experiences and I am grateful for this book. By the way, if you’d like to learn more about this non-profit work, go to the “social justice” on my site.

Below is how Amazon describes the book which is accurate enough but, to me, it is a whole lot more!!

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SHE LET GO by Ernest Holmes

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

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Watch your thoughts;  they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Notes on the book entitled HOW CAN I HELP by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman

This book has been very important to me. It answered many questions that I had. It gave me direction. It gave me a vision for myself and my life. It gave me something to work towards and to become. Over time it helped me like myself more and more.

People on a spiritual path commonly speak of the value of service to others. That sounds so right and good because it is. Many people, with wonderful intentions, jump into service work but after further examination it becomes clear that their help isn’t really helpful after all! How could that be?

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Notes on the book entitled THE MEN WE NEVER KNEW by Daphne Rose Kingma

This is another one of my life-defining books.

I now understand that the sex roles hurt men as much as and sometimes even more than they hurt women.

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Are there any topics more emotion-laden than motherhood? I suppose there are some but motherhood is right up there somewhere on the top of the pile.

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