Working Through Conflict

Working Through Conflict

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 5:22 am

Oxford University Press defines conflict as “a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.”  The definition doesn’t seem so charged as the word itself, conflict.  Even though conflict is a part of life, many of us want to avoid […]

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Getting Comfortable saying, “I’m Sorry.”

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm

I remember how hard it was for me the first time I told my beloved that I was sorry. I felt powerless, ashamed, and very uncomfortable. It seemed that I was giving up my power because it was as if […]

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Having a Difficult Conversation with My Brother

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

My brother and I have a solid and close relationship.  We can talk about a lot of things.  In the past, however, having a difficult conversation was tricky for us because it would quickly turn into an argument.  Before we […]

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Connecting with a Woman at a Restaurant

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 9:42 pm

I was having dinner alone at the counter in a restaurant.  As I was enjoying my meal, a woman leaned over and asked me, “Are you going to eat all that food?”  I paused for a moment and said, “I don’t know.” […]

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The Power of Taking Responsibility for Your Feelings: “I Feel” Instead of “You Make Me Feel”

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Did you hear this when you were a child, “Don’t do that because you’ll make me mad!”?  If so, you might have interpreted this message as a warning to change your behavior so that the other person would not feel a certain […]

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How to Minimize Your Road Rage

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Many of us have been there: someone cuts you off, runs a stop sign, is tailgating, or at a dead stop when it’s time to go because they’re on their cell phone. How do you respond? You might yell out […]

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Why Speaking to The Director was Important

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Midway through my teaching career, I started to feel burned out and was concerned because I didn’t know what was next for me.  During that time, I assumed that I would be teaching for at least a few more years, […]

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