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  •   Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts   Christmas Eve at Mom's house was always the highlight of the season!  It was the one time of year that most of the Wilson Family gathered together.  That meant, there could be up to 50 people, packed into what we loving called, a "Pierson-size" home!   The couch, chairs and fireplace hearth in the livingroom were lined with family. You had to watch your step so...
  •   Life brings tears, smiles, and memories.  The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.   One of my favorite songs during the Christmas Season is, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," sung by Andy Williams.  I was 10 years old when the song was released in 1963, and I never tire of listening to it.  The lyrics are festive, with children jingle belling, and everyone telling you, "be of good cheer." And, "much mistletoeing and hearts...
  • “Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you are good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?” ~ Kristin Neff   Self-compassion is one of the greatest gifts we will ever give to ourselves! Only when we show love and kindness to ourselves, are we truly authentic in our love and kindness to others.  Self-criticism is like poison in our systems, that if allowed to persist, will eventually leach-out and effect the relationships that we cherish the most....
  • "A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.   A string of such moments can change the course of your life." ~ Christopher Germer   Most of us understand the meaning of compassion, its importance in the world, and how to give it.  But, self-compassion is less understood, treated as less-important, and very seldom used. Compassion is about kindness, empathy, and a desire to relieve pain.  When we feel compassion toward someone, we want our words to...

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