There are times in our lives when our need or desire for change is stronger than our habits and comforts, or even more powerful than the anxiety we have about the unknown. We have all encountered those times. Sometimes we faced them with fear; sometimes with fury at being forced by people or circumstances onto a new path. And, incredibly, sometimes, we danced our way into a new part of our lives with anticipation and joy. We may have even…..
Sometimes we really do commit to making a profound change in our lives. We start off cheerfully enough, full of hope and energy, thinking we are just going to buckle down and change a behavior or an attitude. Very quickly we realize that change is a real journey and we anxiously hope we have packed everything we need for an extended trip.
Of course, one of the most valuable tools we can take with us is a map to show…..
We are so full of good intentions, aren’t we? One of the reasons is because good intentions give us hope – the feeling that we CAN have the life we envision for ourselves! We get fired up, ready for a new way of life, new food and exercise plan, new attitude… Then how long does it take before we start sliding off track and find ourselves back in old habits and old ways of thinking? Why can’t we make the…..
Most of us have plenty of experience with change in our lives. Sometimes it came naturally, one choice leading to another in an orderly fashion, and we could take one step at a time. Other times, change came abruptly, joltingly, and we were left in shambles, putting our lives back together after a storm we did not expect or want.
And then are the times when we hunger for real change in our lives.
Perhaps this hunger, these feelings, are…..
As Middlehood women (between 40 and 65), we always try to cut people a lot of slack at this time of the year. If drivers are rude, shoppers are pushy, family and friends are overwhelmed or depressed, we can guess what they are feeling – the pressure to create the perfect holiday and feel perfectly happy. We know, because we feel it too. Some years, we are able and up to the task, joyfully spending money on loved ones; happily…..
Middlehood. It’s not in the dictionary, so why did we coin it to describe the middle years of our lives? What is wrong with the word middle-aged? The simple answer is that, when we look at how language reflects culture and values, we see that middle-aged is too small, too shaped by our fears of getting old. We say middle-aged and old-aged, but we never say young-aged. We love the word youthful, but we will never hear anyone joyously called…..
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