The high road can be bumpy

A website visitor in Arizona asks:

Over the past year or so I have been repeatedly presented with dishonesty in people within my close circle – both in friends and in co-workers. They seem happy to look me straight in the eye and be completely open about how they have profited (without apparent consequence) from their blatant dishonesty, lies, stealing and general sneakiness. When I have attempted to point it out they justify and/or completely deny the lie – sometimes, frankly, they look at me like I’m crazy. It’s extremely disheartening as I try to figure out what the point is in taking the high road. Since this has been put “in front of my face” over and over, I assume there is a “lesson” here and I would love any guidance as to discover what that might be and how to process through it. Thank you.

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Cooped up by the pandemic

A website visitor from South Carolina asks:

Many families are still cooped up together due to closed summer camps, day cares, and offices. That means instead of summer fun they’re likely experiencing more frequent arguments and annoyances

I thought it might be a good time to get advice out there about how to alleviate some of the most common issues causing tension in pandemic-weary households.

Would you be interested in an article on the topic? Thank you!

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Alone

(TLDR: Read it anyway. It’s that important.)

I feel alone right now. Perhaps more alone than I have ever felt. Or at least in a way I have never experienced. As I have sat in tearful contemplation today, I learned a little bit more about humanity – a difficult little piece of humanity that is sometimes hard for many of my fellow citizens who look like me to relate to because we’ve never had to worry about experiencing anything like what we have seen in the news this week.

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Forgive yourself

A website visitor from Georgia asks:

My sister did something that caused me a lot of pain, emotionally and financially. We were so close growing up, and I miss the closeness with her, but I can’t forgive her for what she has done. I don’t know if I will ever be able to speak to her again, and it breaks my heart. What can I do?

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