Vol 2, No. 5

 

"Go up
until
It is time
to go down"

-- American Zen Saying
by Suzanne E. Harrill

 

This Month's Issue:

What Is Codependence and How Does It Affect My Life?  (Part 2)

by Suzanne Harrill

When the Truth Isnít Quite Enough!

by Gerald Cuccia

Upsets Are Not Caused By What Happens

By Bill Ferguson

Thermodynamics Of Hell

May Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself

Questions & Answers

Enlighten Up




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Greetings from the Editor:

A Sticky Beak

While living in Australia a few years ago, I went to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with two of my female friends. We had a fun time playing, getting massages, eating fun meals, and hiking (bushwalking to Aussies).

While out driving one afternoon, we stopped at an overlook to enjoy the beautiful view. While gazing at the view, my friend Val said I had a "sticky beak."

"What did you just say?" I asked, and she repeated it. My confused expression led her to explain that the expression meant that I had an above average curiosity in something; that is, I was overly enthusiastic while enjoying the view. As we talked, I learned the expression also means sticking your beak, or nose, too far into other peoplesí business. Well, we had a good laugh at that because we both could see that trait in ourselves at times.

When you read the second half of my codependency article and you want to lighten up a bit, you might remember that most of us have a little bit of a "sticky beak."

Fortunate blessings,
Suzanne

 

Relationships

What Is Codependence
and How Does It Affect My Life?

by Suzanne E. Harrill    

In the last issue we discussed what codependency is, looked at the history of codependence, and how to identify the fine line between being selfless and taking care of others verse the disease of over-caring for others and fostering unhealthy dependency. Now we will look at the dysfunctional family to remind ourselves of some of the ways we learned to be codependent. It is never too late to heal the parts of ourselves that are wounded, shut down., and repeating unhealthy patterns of emotional dependency. Educating ourselves begins the process of transforming codependency into responsible nurturing and giving to others...

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May Seed Thoughts for Loving Yourself

By Suzanne Harrill

MONTHLY ON LINE AFFIRMATIONS.  Affirmations to support self-esteem and spiritual growth now available in monthly installments. This is an updated edition of the seed thoughts and affirmations in the book, Affirm Your Self Day by Day. Only available here on line.

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Suzanne Says

Questions & Answers

Question: My name is Sandy and I began seeing life through new lenses about a year and a half ago. I have read many self-help books, but do not seem to be able to make changes in my life. I throw out new ideas and try new behaviors with my family, but do not experience much success.

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Article

When the Truth Isnít Quite Enough!

by Gerald Cuccia                

Relationships are on my path of self-discovery. I have learned so much over the years and hope that by sharing a little of my journey, it may be helpful to some of you. Having been divorced for over fifteen years, I have experienced many different kinds of relationships. Some moved extremely fast from start to finish and others were based on sex, primarily. Obviously they didnít work out. I have been on the planet for over fifty years and I am still trying to get it right, whatever that means...

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Inspirational

Upsets Are Not Caused By What Happens

By Bill Ferguson      

When you are full of fear and upset, you lose your effectiveness. To have your dreams come true and to create a life that works, you need to take action. The challenge is to discover what action you need to take. When you are in a state of fear and upset, you destroy your ability to see what needs to be done. You close down and get tunnel vision. All you can do is to fight, resist, hang on, or withdraw. Almost any action you take in this state makes your situation worse.

When we get upset, it looks like the upset is caused by what happened, but this is an illusion. Upsets are not caused by what happens. Upsets are caused by fighting and resisting what happens...

(read the whole article)

Enlighten Up

Humor

  • FORREST GUMP GOES TO HEAVEN

  • POTATO GARDEN

(read the funnies)

Goodies

THERMODYNAMICS OF HELL

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term exam. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is of course why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

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