TIPS & REFLECTIONS

A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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145. Open Up to an Exciting New Year

Yesterday afternoon I sent a text to my cousin in Canada. 'It's amazing,' said my daughter who was sitting next to me, 'how we can do this'. As someone who remembers when the concept of mobile phones was first mooted, it amazes me even more! But only when I take the time to think about it. The sad thing is that we are rarely amazed in our day to day lives. Habituation kicks in so very quickly. So, however appalled you may feel by the events of 2016, be thankful at least for feeling amazed, shocked, alive. It's not our fault that we' re neurologically wired to ignore sameness and to pay attention to difference. It follows, though, that our attention and aliveness is in direct proporti

144. On Unconditional Worth

According to Glen Schiraldi, author of 'The Self Esteem Workbook', the first prerequisite of self esteem is knowing that we have unconditional worth; that our worth does not depend on who we are or what we do, that we have innate worth which has nothing to do with any of that. 'Que?' I hear you say. Or at least some of you. For some this is not an alien concept, it is something you may have taken for granted since childhood. If so, you are one of the lucky ones. But for many of us, who have long struggled to shore up our self worth in a myriad of ways, the concept of unconditional worth may be little more than a nice idea. Like God, it is difficult to believe in when you can't see