Dysfunctional Extended Family ~ The Mean Aunt that I Loved

My Aunt would often ignore me and shoot me dirty looks, as though my very existence was in her way. She gossiped and lied about me to the rest of the family. Living all my life in an “obligation system of love” I had to be grateful that she was allowing me to live with her. I had already been groomed to just be quiet and put up with it. Compliance is the dysfunctional family way.

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Emotional Healing and the Causes of Low Self Esteem

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding” Khalil Gibran I struggled and fought for some sort of “place” in the world for a very long time before I began to find my way out of that darkness that I talked about in my last post.  I felt as though I … Continue reading "Emotional Healing and the Causes of Low Self Esteem"

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Judgement, Stigma, Depression ~ Come from Somewhere

    I believe that depression comes from somewhere and that it starts somewhere. I don’t believe that I was born with it, or that I was born with something missing in me that would later determine that I would struggle with depression.  I don’t believe that my mother, who struggled with multiple depressions, passed … Continue reading "Judgement, Stigma, Depression ~ Come from Somewhere"

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Demonstrating Appreciation in Relationships

“The best way to keep relationships happy, healthy, and supportive can be summed up in one word: appreciation. What you appreciate, appreciates. When we demonstrate our appreciation for the support we receive from others, it reinforces that behaviour and deepens our connection to them.”   Marci Shimoff This is a beautiful quote. I tried to live … Continue reading "Demonstrating Appreciation in Relationships"

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