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People stop hurting you when you finally accept and acknowledge who they are. My father didn’t have the power to hurt me once I understood and accepted he suffered from alcoholism. This never impacted my love for him. He was […]

Love is confusing. Logic might say it’s because it involves not just matters of the heart but two different people. And that would be true. But what makes it even more baffling is somehow we mistakenly think we can do […]

As the saying goes…breaking up is hard to do. It’s difficult to describe the excruciating pain of separating one heart from another. But is it possible we can actually make it harder on ourselves? At the very least, it is […]

It takes guts to go to counseling. Hence, there should be no stigma attached to it. Too many people suffer in silence while many of the world’s aches and pains are universal. There is no shame in seeking relief and […]

Apologizing can be difficult. Yet, it is one of the most important relationships skills we can master. Why? Because the people we love are more important than being right. Or at least they should be. The problem with the majority […]

My youngest son and I were enjoying a meal out when he said, “You seem less stressed.” “Really?” I say back. I can see the bewilderment in his face. After all, I have the same problems. The divorce may be […]

Many of us remain in broken relationships far longer than we should. Change is difficult. And a large number of us lack the self-protective boundaries which would get us out sooner.  Instead, we concentrate on the actual ‘no longer working’ […]

Love is the magic elixir. In fact, love is so intoxicating it can temporarily make us lose our perspective.  Yet, there is one thing we should never, ever lose sight of. We deserve to not just be loved.  We deserve […]

In relationships, we often ‘neglect to reflect’ on how a person makes us feel. Instead, we try and get their attention by explaining what hurts or bothers us.  Or we simply sit quietly and compensate or overcompensate to deal with […]

I recently received an email from someone who had read my column 5 Indicators That Someone You Love Doesn’t Care About You. It got me thinking. Why is it we place so much importance on relationship words rather than relationship actions? […]