Category: Relationships

The Fantasy of the Perfect Romantic Partner

  By Leo Babauta   I have a friend who is lonely, who has such a good heart and desperately wants to find a partner who appreciates that goodness, to share a life with. We have all felt this, I’m guessing: this desire for a deep connection, this hope that another person will just get us and want an intimate relationship with us, the idea that if we could just find this person and merge with them, we’d be fulfilled. What if we tossed that idea out on its head? What if everything we need for happiness and fulfillment is...

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Choose Your Own Adventure…For Real

  By Lisa Meade   Each of us is as unique as our personal story. No two stories are the same. And even in our personal story, depending upon the perspective, there can be major differences. It is within these perspectives that our power awaits us. Every relationship—every experience—helps our story take shape and form. Depending on the perspective that we hold about these relationships and experiences we can have a personal story that is fuel for negative thinking and patterns of poor choices or our personal story that can be filled with powerful thoughts and a life filled...

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There is Beauty in a Broken Heart—An Impossible Gratitude

  By John Pendall I’m terrified of love. It’s raised me higher than any philosophy, religious experience or drug. It’s pulled me into the deepest pits of despair, where even suicide sounds pointless. How can something have such power? How can it inspire such phenomenal acts of creation and destruction? I’m skeptical that something so earth shattering is simply the result of neurons firing. That theory seems even more ridiculous than the most far fetched New Age gibberish. It makes sense on paper, but it doesn’t hold up in real life. It doesn’t hold up when we see the...

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Okay, Cupid…I’m Ready (Maybe)

  By Heather Bauer I seem to be going through a transition in terms of dating and relationships these days. A long overdue and necessary one, but as we all know, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” So, who am I to judge the timing of these things? I want to give a little background first. In January of 2013, my now ex-husband and I separated (amicably) after 17 years of a lot more trial than error. A few months after our separation, my Dad died, complicating (vast understatement) an already difficult transition. My ex-husband was my...

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She Persisted, & So Will I.

By Deb Avery “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” These words have been repeated throughout history in one form or another for thousands of years. To the present day, women are still told to shut up and sit down. Still, we continue to speak up for our rights and the rights of others. It begins early in childhood and continues throughout our lives. It happens in our work place, our churches and even our own homes. Each and every day there are millions of women the world over who live with verbal, emotional and physical...

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