How can one be authentically authentic?

I had been coached for some time when the subject of authenticity came up.

The timing was good. As part of being coached I had begun to drop some of my many masks and was experimenting with telling people whatever felt true to me. It was really scary but I was determined to change my relationships which, in those days, felt superficial. As I was yearning for closeness, I persisted.

shutterstock_189619739I noticed that, overall, people responded well but I also noticed, eventually, that there was one person I found it very difficult to be authentic with, to tell him what was true for me. Yes, you guessed it, Jim, my ex-husband.

I remember this one occasion. I was Read more »

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How to lead a happier life

Every week I sit in front of my computer and ask myself, “what do I know I can write about?”

hOne of the things I’m beginning to really know about is being happy. That’s a huge blessing – not just because I’m happy but because I’m aware that I’m happy.

Interestingly, I seem to coming across several books researching the subject. The latest is ‘Are you fully charged?’ by Tom Rath. What brought the subject to mind was a combination of a particular chapter and something I experienced last Friday while running my regular u3a group (University of the Third Age) which has been going for about 18 months. Read more »

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