When is it safe to take our ‘mask’ off…?

Memoirs of an Average Guy

Welcome to my sixth blog post. I’d like to firstly start off with this post by saying thank you for the interaction with my previous posts and positive feedback, it is much appreciated.

We all at some point will wear a mask to hide our true feelings, to react appropriately to a situation or environment. We probably do this on multiple occasions throughout the day, sometimes with our realising it. I use the term mask as a metaphor and not literally, unless of course you wear actual masks on a regular occurrence.

But when do we take off that mask to show our true feelings? When is it ever truly safe to do so?

We would all like to respond to work colleagues in an angry manner or complain to our boss about something, but due to respect and appropriateness, we hide behind our masks to act in accordance of…

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Filling Your Heart with Values

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Core Values

When I took my training in becoming a life coach a few years ago, my favorite Module was on our values.  When we talk about values, there is an emotional connection making them extra special because values converge and define us, they are who we are at our core.   Anyone who knows me well knows that emotional connection is huge and is a core value in my life.  I am not after the external materialistic things, I value what’s within.  Values are one word such as compassionate, respect, determined and have a strong tonal emphasis, they cannot be changed but you can add more to who you are over time and through experience.  Values drive our choices in all life areas.

As a coach, when I ask my clients about a goal they would like to achieve in their life, it is a privilege for me to be beside them…

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How Can I Rediscover the Magic of Childhood?

I particularly loved this paragraph:
What we need is not to surrender what we know of the world in favor of ignorance, but to surrender our skeptical attitude in favor of simple awe and wonder. We adults lose access to the world of fantasy not because we articulate a more complete model of the universe, but because in doing so we often refuse to believe in anything beyond it. We believe that all we know is all there is, and as a result we lose our sense of mystery and wonder.

The Duggars, The Jenners, And The Growing Exodus From Christianity

I could not agree more!

john pavlovitz

Sometimes revelation comes in just 140 characters.

Tonight I had another Christian tell me on social media that he was okay with Josh Duggar fondling young girls “because he repented”, but has a big problem with Caitlyn Jenner, who he said was willingly sinning and being “sexually deviant.” The former he sees as a typically flawed believer restored and deserving of our forgiveness, the latter as an unrepentant, dangerous presence in the world who needs to be condemned and called out.

As we talked more, my virtual friend’s comments clarified the duplicity of his position: a child molester is excused because he’s said sorry to God (even though he and his family concealed the activity until recently exposed), however a transgender individual is clearly immoral by openly seeking to be the most authentic version of herself she believes is possible. One engages in criminal activity and still gets the benefit of the doubt, while the other operates completely within the law and is still vilified…

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Grilled veggies, millet, greens, cocoa chili dressing

I thought this dish sounded so delicious that I just had to share it 🙂 I also live in the Pacific Northwest so I felt a connection with Wendy right off.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe

Wendy's Place

Grilled red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and pork shoulder chops on a bed of greens and millet is topped with a dressing concocted of olive oil, grilled red pepper, cocoa powder,worcester sauce, honey and a dash of lemon. You can add as much heat as desired. This recipe is based on the one I found in the June issue of Yoga Journal (a favorite of mine) and I think it’s a great one for this holiday weekend.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-6I think it would be just as lovely as it was written in Yoga Journal with grilled corn, black beans and a mesclun mix. But I opted for pork (just bought a LOT of local pork) and our garden greens which at the moment are tender young kale and spinach. I made the millet the night before and warmed it up with some broth- a little water and salt would do just fine.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-3These shoulder…

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