I'll still happily share "too much information" with anyone who will listen (or read) but I've finally settled into the sweet spot of relishing the words of others, and the wisdom layered under all those consonants and vowels.
We want our children to learn to share, right? To grow up and let the neighbors have some squash from the garden? Let a friend borrow their jacket on a chilly night... and not just because they want something in return, right?
While I still have my major faculties in tact (I hope!), as the years go by, and for those of you currently in less than ideal states of mind, how can we get a handle on this vary scary and serious business?
Sharing, kindness, empathy, and politeness are all virtues I want to instill in my kids. But to bring up the topic of sharing when someone has just grabbed something from your kid is a sure-fire way to raise kids who won't want to share.
Share well with others or else. All 7 of us have experienced the "or else." Choose wisely before you dip into the black hole of "or else." What was said and discussed at the kitchen table stayed at the kitchen table.
I thought about my heartburn from earlier that had passed. I realized that it was self-induced. I was so terrified of this class -- the vulnerability, the criticism and the judgement that I caused myself to have physical pain.
There is an ongoing debate in the online special needs community about over-sharing. Are we mom and dad bloggers stepping over the line when we share stories and details about our kids and their special needs? It's a heated debate, a thing, a downright brouhaha.
To serve others is to become more receptive and open to ourselves. Each time we assist another we are renewed and strengthened. In such circumstances, giving is also receiving. During this holiday season, keep these ideas in mind the next time you have the opportunity to help someone.
In our society there are so many people wanting to be heard, yet so many missed opportunities for connection. Listening is an underestimated skill that is vital for health and healing. Practice being a listener and you'll soon discover the power listening has.
The clear and simple truth is that Airbnb has drifted very far from its origins, and is no longer simply a platform of "regular people" hosts. It has morphed into a giant loophole for professional real estate operatives.