• Sitting cat
    Healing Lessons

    Give It Thought Before You Dive In

    Have you ever felt you should do something, but it wouldn’t be a good idea? Have you ever ignored that warning and done it anyway, only to realize you made a mistake? Come on. You can let me know. I have a friend who says I am the most nonjudgmental person she has ever met, so you can tell me. (Of course she hasn’t known me long!) It won’t go any further – I promise. This happened to me last evening. I understand there are many people who simply will not understand what happened, although I know a great many people will. I really want to hear both opinions. On…

  • Yvonne as Mrs. Cratchit
    Achievements

    The Miracles of Sleeplessness

    It seems that when I can’t sleep, I find a film or book that amazes me and speaks of exactly where I am. Surprising indeed and it has happened more than once. I am so grateful. I went to bed around 11.p.m. It seems that when I sit in my armchair, I fall asleep and when I go to bed the thoughts run riot. I speak with myself and practice all kinds of exercises to go to sleep, from music to Viktor Frankl, and many other impressive people’s ideas and nothing works. Now sometimes it does. I have noticed that when I am struggling about writing, sleep eludes me no…

  • Woman smiling at herself in mirror.
    Achievements,  Gratitude,  Humor

    If Only They Knew

    Just recently I conducted a memorial service for a man whose family wanted it to be more of a celebration of his life. He wasn’t very old. They told me a lot about him. They described him as hilarious, compassionate, a people person, and generous. Most of all he adored his family – his wife and two daughters, sons in law and grandchildren, his twin brother and other members of the tribe! They told me he had a laugh that would bring the walls down and that had he had known me; he would have had my accent to perfection within three minutes. Moreover, he would have discovered the events…

  • Woman with naked back holding a flower over her spine.
    Healing Lessons

    Pain

    There is only one reason for pain, be it mental, physical, spiritual, emotional. Something needs attention. I write about my personal life because, while to some it may appear to be unprofessional, the truth is that by being forthcoming with my pain, it helps my readers to know they are not alone with their own. I have been in physical pain for about two weeks now and have sought treatment. Some works for a bit, some doesn’t. The important thing is I do seek treatment, which when I was STRONG for all those years, I did not. The pain is located in the lower right back. Should that have been…

  • Couple holding hands and making the shape of a heart.
    Life transitions,  yvonneisms

    Family Can Be Anybody Who Loves Enough

    I don’t know what to call this. I think it’s my grasshopper brain in action. It is 1:47am. I had all intentions of actually going to bed and sleep. Such an optimist. Sleep has become elusive lately and erratic. Like this early morning, due to some physical pain, I am awake and raring to go, although there isn’t anywhere to go except Wegman’s, my 24/7 therapy place. Can’t be bothered to get dressed, so I thought – write a blog. Bored to tears with regular television programmes I logged onto Amazon and came across a film I had never seen. It was surprising I hadn’t seen it as it had…

  • Woman dancing on a boardwalk
    Courage,  Life transitions

    Change of Attitude

    So much has been written about attitude.  An attitude of gratitude is well known indeed, and it doesn’t have to remain the same because like life itself, attitudes embrace change. This isn’t entirely popular as there are so many different aspects to change.  Life’s challenges will change so much and with these, comes grief sometimes. Desires are part of these changes too like wanting to have love, friendship, loyalty, touch, conversation, and confidentiality. People want to grow and become whatever their dreams are, their wishes for a better life, more prosperity, work they love so that doesn’t feel like work, and success, although some are so beaten down they can’t…