#thepersonalside: Asking and Accepting Help

How hard (or easy) do you make it for other people to help you? Do your friends and family know when you do (or don't) want (or need) help? Are you too independent (or too needy)? How much do you project your own attitudes towards asking and receiving help onto the people closest to you? …

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Stomping On Hate

A few days ago I woke up with a multitude of health problems. Some were easy fixes. I opened the new bottle of Ibuprofen and swallowed two with water. That took care of the headache and the chronic leg pain for a while so that I could come up with some sort of plan to …

Feeling Out Of Place

The assumption of belonging is usually taken for granted. Within your own family, chances, without reservation, are you are a member. When you walk through the front door of a home belonging to a relative, there’s usually a happy greeting and you’re offered a place to sit and told to make yourself comfortable. Often this …

Dumps and Holes

Do you know what the difference is between a dump and a hole? The former builds an ugly mountain of debris, while the latter makes a deep dark crevasse in the ground. Neither are pleasant. These days I’m feeling down in the dumps. The cliché is confusing, isn’t it? I mean, how can I be …