Tag Archives: emotional intelligence

Today's Friday Photo comes from the beautiful cliffs of Sorrento, Italy. Many beaches of the Mediterranean  are rocky or steep like this, with no easy way to access the water. Sand lovers may see them as unappealing. One could call this preference, but nonetheless, this is a perception that comes from within who we are and what we believe. Perhaps it would benefit us to remember this when we observe things we don't like........
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Many people tell me they are empathic. That they can feel what others feel or relate to them in a way that is special.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a small town favorite of mine - Port Townsend, Washington. I don't think I've ever photographed a more beautiful flower. I imagine unconditional love to look just like this flower - being pure and beautiful with no intention other than to bring me joy every time I look at it.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Maui, Hawaii. While some may think this paradoxical, I think it's pretty simple: You cannot change what you deny.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Cades Cove, Tennessee. There's a lot of talk from FaceBook lately on 'authenticity'. Mark Zuckeberg's definition of it seems a bit different than mine. It got me to thinking about this quote. I think FB is a lot like all of us. We start out with one goal or intention and it evolves into something quite different from where we started. When that happens, it's interesting to note that even when trying to convince ourselves of our "authenticity", our actions and words are unable to match up.......
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Aberdare National Park in Kenya. Like these magnificent lions, I wanted to take a nap the other day but my mother's voice rang in my ears "Don't be lazy." It's easy to be judgmental of others but we are the harshest of critics of ourselves. Judgment doesn't mean not questioning motives or preferences or weighing options - why I want to do this or that, for example. It refers to being critical or berating aspects of the self without thoroughly thinking through the context of a thought or action that is being judged. Be kinder to others, and to yourself.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a garden in Chanhassen, MN. It's the perfect quote to follow Monday's blog about the stories we tell. Take some time this weekend to explore what ingredients you have put in your favorite dish (aka you!). Is it time to liven up that recipe?
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I want to continue with a consequence of blaming and not taking responsibility. Whatever you’ve chosen to blame becomes a story you continue to tell in many forms.
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  Some times you may find yourself in a situation that makes you uncomfortable. Perhaps friends want to go bike riding, but you blame your ‘bad knees’ as an excuse because you really think you can’t keep up. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Monterey, California. This foggy coastal view foreshadows the feeling that forms inside of us when we don't take responsibility for our thoughts and behaviors, and instead, put the blame on others. Check out Monday's blog for more on blame, responsibility and our health.
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