The Contentment Stealer

What would you say is one of the greatest contentment stealers? Here are some clues to one: Everyone does it. We naturally and developmentally begin to do this from the age of about five. It's particularly prevalent during our adolescent identity-forming years. There is a healthy version of this thing and an unhealthy version. The …

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To the Tired Ones

The Queensland premier opened our interstate borders one week prior to Christmas and we have gone from a handful of covid cases to nearly 200,000 cases in less than a month. There are chronically ill and immune compromised folk who are opting for self-imposed isolation because they do not feel safe out in the community. …

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Turning “What if” into “Even if”

The start of the year is a great time to do a personality test. They're a bit of fun if you like that sort of thing. If so, have you ever done the Enneagram personality profile? What I like about the Enneagram is that it takes into account spiritual weaknesses and strengths for each type …

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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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The Crack in the Ceiling

Big sterile room. Futuristic looking machine. Green laser lights. Warning beeps. Whirrs. Radiation arms sweep over, hover. Breathe in. Hold. Don't move a muscle! Machine goes to next precise position. Repeat. I lay on my back and stare at the crack in the ceiling.That simple little crack has helped me focus on keeping perfectly still …

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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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