Speak to yourself kindly

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At a Toastmasters meeting Monday night, my speech took first place. But I didn’t take home the blue ribbon. Ron Bell did. My speech, a modern-day parable called The China Shop in the Bull, delivered explosive energy. Ron stood at the podium and with grace and gentleness and described family events when he was on […]

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Do you compare yourself with others? Hold up a yardstick to see how you measure up against their strengths? This week, we hear from my friend Bonnie Keller, an experienced and gifted water aerobics instructor (pictured here with her son, Matt). “I struggled with negative thoughts about myself. When I took aerobics,  I had a […]

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Jennifer Rothschild’s books Self-Talk,  Soul Talk, and its companion workbook, Me Myself and Lies, inspire me in my journey to improve my internal dialogue. Jennifer shared in her blog a couple of weeks ago:  How do you become your own consoling counselor when life hands you a big disappointment? 1. Tell yourself, “It is what it is!” […]

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When Tim and I went to the McKenzie River last month, I found myself discouraged with less-than-perfect accommodations, including our nemesis, a rooster that crowed around the clock. In my head, I heard words like “stupid” and “awful wife” and “condemned.”  And soon I  added, “Whoa,  getting the hang of self-talk stuff is so hard! […]

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Last month, Tim and I stayed in a cabin on the beautiful McKenzie River for three days. What did I say not long after we got there? The staircase of this cabin is too steep. The only bathrooms are upstairs. And the gnats are dropping like, er, flies into the kitchen sink. And don’t get […]

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Flibbertigibbet! I exclaimed.  (Yes, I can sometimes be flighty and scatter-brained.) Out of the washing machine, I pulled a T-shirt and some underwear, formerly white, and held them up next to the cherry-red blouse they were washed with. Now they were a bright rosy-pink. Yikes, I’ve done it again! I’m so stupid! I thought. Have […]

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