Same but Different

A lot has changed since my first blog back in May. What started as a therapeutic way for me to encourage my own faith in the midst of cancer, evolved into writing because I wanted to encourage others, and the therapeutic benefits of writing became the by-product instead of the motivation. I tweaked my "Welcome" …

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Disappointment and the Bird Feeder (part 2)

In my original post I wrote about the anecdote for disappointment being hope. "Hope expects a better outcome next time," I wrote. "Hope sees the smallest flicker of light, even in the dark. Hope speaks positively, even if negative emotions are still being worked through. Hope seeks what is known and good. Hope remembers that …

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Disappointment and the Bird Feeder

Sitting in my garden is a new bird feeder that our local birds either haven't noticed, or don't like! My expectations of rainbow lorikeets, galahs and cockatoos stopping by for a visit each morning and afternoon have not been met and I feel disappointed! If only disappointment was always the bird feeder kind of variety! …

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The View Out the Window

Clouds are one of my favourite things. I like them so much that for a while I was a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society Facebook page. Yes, there is such a thing! But because there are so many awesomely beautiful clouds in the world, I soon tired of having my Facebook feed over run …

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Shield and Sword

The laundry. Where all unwanted items in our house seem to end up. The latest item awaiting adoption in my laundry is a shield of armour. Left over from a theatre production perhaps? Upon quizzing the only theatrical member of our family I'm told "I'm going to use it for a kids church lesson and …

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Dreams and Reality

Have you ever had a dream where you're totally aware that you're dreaming and can control events within the dream? My ability to lucid dream has waned in recent years, but occasionally I can still tell myself during a dream "you're dreaming", and then control to some degree the direction I want the dream to …

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Listening with the heart

I have Youtube subscriptions, Spotify playlists, and favourite podcasts. I have the car stereo tuned into local radio stations, and if I hit the digital button I can listen to radio stations from interstate and overseas. The world is literally at my fingertips. Radio waves and satellite frequencies abound in the atmosphere all around, 24/7, …

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The Golden Bell

There's a new sign in the hospital reception area. It says "I've conquered this moment." Underneath is a golden bell that cancer patients victoriously ring once their treatment is completed, as staff gather around to clap and cheer. I still have a few months to go, and can't wait to ring that bell!Breast cancer treatment …

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Removing Roadblocks

When I was at university I took several counseling courses which introduced me to the "dirty dozen" of communication roadblocks. These included things like: criticising (negatively evaluating the other person's behaviour or motivation)moralising (telling the other person what they should do)excessive questioning of the other person using closed questions (questions that allow only a yes …

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