life, thoughts

Emotional Manipulation

PREFACE to this post: I drafted this article before the orchestrated violence began occurring in United States cities. This subject matter does not directly coincide with those riots. However, the upheaval of emotions over it are linked to the topic of this blog. I hope you’ll stick around for the rest, because I think it’s an important message.

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Proof through the night that our flag was still there

It’s called a crime of passion if a man catches his wife being unfaithful and then murders her lover.

It’s called a crime of passion if a woman catches her husband being unfaithful and murders him.

Does the term “crime of passion” make the act of murder palatable? Do we make it okay to commit murder because they loved and trusted their spouse and they merely reacted from hurt and betrayal?

Of course not.

They made their decisions out of pure emotion. Could our society be making decisions from emotion, and in turn, ruining our lives?

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life, thoughts

Can’t Think Straight

Have you ever experienced times when there is so much going on that you can’t even think straight? How about when you’re emotional about something? Have you ever been so angry your emotions took over and your mind froze? How about grief? Have you ever been deep in sadness and no thoughts mattered . . . only your grief mattered?

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life, philosophy

An Inappropriate Analogy

It’s been a while since I shared an introspective post, so here’s a “thinker” demonstrated in an analogy.

Oh boy, better get comfortable.

Imagine if every day at work you have to sit next to someone who has really bad body odor. The odor is nauseating. You put an air freshener at your station, but then it smells like a cow died in a flower garden. You don’t know what to do. You contemplate different ideas. Should I tactfully bring it up? Should I talk to the boss to see if there is anything that can be done? Continue reading “An Inappropriate Analogy”

family, friendship, life

Give and Receive

This is being written off the cuff, so bear with me.

I don’t have a lot of time for blogging this month, so this will be brief. I’m feeling emotional and confused about humans today. Continue reading “Give and Receive”

life, thoughts

Intuition vs. Emotion

The true profession of man is finding his way to himself. ~ Hermann Hesse

Sensitivity. Yeah, I’ve got that.

I have a high sensitivity to emotion, both my own and other people’s. In fact, I used to often hear the phrase, “You’re too sensitive.”

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life, thoughts

Sticks and Stones

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves affect us. ~ Stephen R. Covey

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“Sticks and Stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” was something I mentioned in a post I wrote over a year ago. A few people had contacted me afterward, about how horrible that saying is, and that it shouldn’t be said anymore.

Recently, I saw a lecture online discussing that very phrase and saying it was a good thing. As usual, this got me to analyzing. Since my blog is mostly about introspection, let’s examine this from both sides.

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Food, life

Feels Like Home

pot soup wmThis post is not going up the same day I write it, but I’m typing off the top of my head as I feel both content and sad. 

While writing this, I am enveloped by the aromas of chicken broth, oregano and garlic. It takes me back to the smells of home … Mom’s home.
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