We'll soon know how all our efforts and political rants turned out. We may have to swallow our pride. We may want to lord it over those on the losing side —"I told you so!" It's not hopeless. There are at least four ways to get along after the votes are counted.
I have had plenty of relationship experience, and, I thought, there had to be a fair amount tactful exits among them. But graceful goodbyes? Not so much.
Both political and non-political men will be out everywhere, and if you want to increase the odds that you win — even if your candidate of choice doesn't — you need to lock in your election night plans pronto!
The second scarcity myth of love is “that’s just the way it is”, and there’s no way to change it. There’s not enough good men in my city, some people are just destined to be alone, I’m too old and relationships are not really meant to last forever. It’s not fair, I don’t like it, but.... *sigh*, that’s just the way it is. Oh well.
Lately there has been a proliferation of bad news: Slow economic recovery, a soft housing market, corporate insolvency, wars, violence, famine, natural disaster, and the cancelation of “Dog The Bounty Hunter.” Thus, rather than deal with anything too serious in this Election Day column, I decided to be a little more light-hearted. The following is the result - an ode to the bond between men and their “manhood.”
In my work as a marriage and relationship coach I encounter many people who are dealing with parenting challenges. I also see the effects of the parenting they received on their current relationships. Therefore I wanted to share these thoughts on parenting. A parent’s primary job is to reveal self-worth to their children. Self-worth is not to be earned or granted.
The joy of giving and the importance of being generous and thoughtful to others is an important and well-promoted concept. It’s hard to top the pleasure that comes from giving someone a much desired or needed gift. In fact, many of us have mastered the art of giving to others and are more recently learning how to give to ourselves. Giving and receiving have been positioned as opposites, with one better than the other, but I see it differently.
Many people take their political affiliations seriously. Perhaps you were brought up to revere Ronald Reagan while your partner thinks that Reagan's decisions are what got this country into big trouble. Maybe when you were a kid you helped your family put up yard signs for Bill Clinton but your partner has no respect for that former president's policies.
The Oscar contender, THE SESSIONS, starring Helen Hunt (Cheryl Cohen Greene), John Hawkes (Mark O'Brien) and William H. Macy (Father Brendan) deals head on with human sexuality and disability in all their complexities. The movie tells the story of Mark O'Brien, a 38-year-old Catholic virgin who has spent most of his life in an iron lung as a consequence of contracting polio as a child. His paralysis from the neck down leaves him reliant on others to take care of literally all of his physical needs.
This morning, as I was driving around trying to find a gas station that was both open and didn't have a three-hour long line, I started thinking about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation left in her wake. Normally, I only see natural disasters on the news, but this time, I had to look no further than outside the window of my home to witness Sandy's impact first-hand.