Pamela Reynolds

Gossiping
Courage

Gossiping

The word gossip brings cringes to most people. None of us like to be accused  of gossiping. It is the most common form of recreation, that we all indulge in, no mater how old we are. Questioning our reasons for participating in it, is very important. Many times we lose sight of the damage that it causes. It appears to be harmless, so we rarely stop. Perhaps we should question why we feel the need to trash others. Again the use of the word trash makes us uncomfortable.

Coping
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Coping

How pompous it is to assume we know what another is feeling or dealing with in their lives. I for one have done that so many times that I am drowning in my thoughts of regret. I said nothing hurtful to the people who were suffering with situations, but I never totally understood the depth of their problems. I now realize there are perhaps many issues others must face that are much more difficult than they appear on the surface.

Discouragement
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Discouragement

It is getting closer to that time of year when everyone thinks about what is wrong in their lives. It is the holiday season, the time of year we quantify our happiness by how our gains measure up against another’s. The spouse is in jeopardy and the kids, though we love them, can be disappointing. We wonder if we created the mess or if the chaos simply arrives around the holidays. We spruce ourselves up and have faith we’ll get through it without too many obstacles. How sad to have to ‘get through’ some enjoyable times?

Confidence
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Confidence

Without a doubt most people suffer from a lack of confidence. I am no exception. I know there are days when I can feel on top of the world. I have a good sense of self and feel ready to face the strongest foe. Unfortunately, that false sense of surety leaves me swiftly as soon as I meet with the first rebuff of the day. There is our problem.

Has Man Evolved?
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Has Man Evolved?

What a profound question. I am not sure about the answer. Actually, my answer is no. I don’t see it, even in myself. Reviewing history makes anyone realize we appear to be making similar mistakes. I want to change for the better as much as anyone, but I’d like to do it my way and without disruptions to my life. That of course means placing my needs and wants first and worrying about self. I am not looking at the big  picture of how much I might infringe on others in my pursuit of happiness.

Details Of Life
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Details Of Life

How many of us have tunnel vision? It is simple to do and often happens. Maybe it occurs due to our earnest desire to get things done. We don’t want to waste time so we search for the quick meaning in any given situation.  If one runs towards an injured person and misses the dangerous gas permeating a room, you are both in trouble. The same is true in life.

Seeker Of Truth
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Seeker Of Truth

Most of us hide from truth. We never do it intentionally. We just have so much to think about. If truth is revealed, it requires attention and we have none to give. Living in a bubble is easiest. It is a Barbie doll world that we have created for ourselves. It lends itself to a constant bending of truth. The convenience of refraining from thought and reflection saves a lot of time and effort. The payment is falsehood.

Self Discovery
Confidence

Self Discovery

It is impossible to get away from thoughts about self. We focus our entire day on how we appear to others. No matter how much time we spend instructing ourselves to build that hard exterior, we cave in or dissolve it immediately when confronted with the slightest rejection. I am guilty of it myself. I feel so motivated to be strong, and I fortify myself with inner speeches. I walk out my front door, meet someone, and all my good plans are wasted.

Value Has A Place
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Value Has A Place

Someone should always grant consideration to another person. A mother-in-law’s fairness to her daughter-in-law is out of respect for her son, and a daughter-in-law’s fairness to her mother-in-law is out of respect for her husband. We need to saturate our hearts with appreciation, deliberation, and honor. Treating another person decently or compassionately is showing regard. It is acceptable to give others respect, but it is necessary to first be aware of another’s existence.

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