Listening and Learning for Lent

Listening is one of my 3 words for 2015.

Sometimes, all you really need is for someone to hear you out.

Listening is something I want to do better this year. In the same way that some people vow to get more exercise or sleep or to spend less time gaming, I’m focused on listening.

This is my focus for the 46 days of Lent that began on February 18, Ash Wednesday. Conventional wisdom says that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, so at double that, I figure I stand half a chance of realizing success. (Trust me, the math works if you didn’t really listen to what I just said.) 

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The Courage to Love Yourself

How do you love yourself? You show love for yourself by acting in the same way you show love for others.

word poster, gentle blue waves against sandy beach. “Love yourself without criticism, conditions, punishment or fear.” Give yourself compassion. Nurture your body and soul and mind. When you need time, take it. When you need care, give yourself the care you need. Reward yourself from time to time, sometimes for a job well done, and sometimes for no reason other than you cherish yourself. Acknowledge and accept all of yourself and embrace your good actions while forgiving yourself for your mistakes. Learn from them both. When you have the courage to love yourself, you can receive love from others. Letting others love you opens the way for deeper relationships with them. Live Honest, Open and True Today, work to hold yourself in high-esteem. Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Do not explain or justify yourself. Treat yourself with the love and kindness you normally reserve for others. I believe in you and want the best for you and know you can achieve the best for yourself.
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Ask for the Apology You Deserve

You’ve been wronged and you know it. But the person who wronged you hasn’t said, “I’m sorry.” How do you ask for the apology you deserve?

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I’m all for directly stating what you need and what you want in a relationship. When you’ve been hurt and you need to ask for the apology you deserve, you won’t get it by saying, “You need to apologize to me.”

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