Reflections

The Gift of Friendship

The present global pandemic affects us all in one way or another – not just physically and economically, but psycho-emotionally as well. Mental health issues weigh heavily on many hearts and a good number grapple with issues of fear or anxiety, loneliness and depression. Even without the pandemic, a relational hunger exists. We live in …

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Reflections on Aging (2) – The Travails of Aging (Part 2)

In the first part of this reflection, I painted a somewhat pessimistic but (hopefully) realistic picture of the aging body where physical deterioration, bodily aches and pain, falls and fracture can happen slowly or suddenly. We can add to these – brain atrophy, cardiovascular blockages and the possibility or even likelihood of cancer. As we …

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Listening Well

How do we recover the lost art of listening? Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Nevertheless, here are three practices to begin with, which will lay the foundation to listening well. Effective listening requires the 3As of attention, appreciation and affirmation. As noted in the last post (reflection), to listen well we must first forget ourselves …

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Managing Change

In an age of computers, PDAs, mobile phones, satellite communications, instant coffee and microwave cooking, everyone is affected by change. Many people change jobs, others upgrade their education or skills training to meet the requirements of their vocation. Students transit from one level of education to another. Others change address. Of course, the most obvious …

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