Revisiting My Post: Are Highly Sensitive People Prone To PPOS? The Arrow Story

I think it's important to repeat the impactful comment (below) from Guto on my post, Are Highly Sensitive People Prone to PPOS? He talks about the Buddhist teaching, The Arrow. His words definitely struck a chord with me and helped put my post in perspective. "There is a Buddhist teaching found in the Sallatha Sutta, known as The Arrow. It says if an arrow hits you, you will feel pain in that part of your body where the arrow hit; and then if a second arrow comes and strikes exactly at the same spot, the pain will not be only double, it will become at least ten times more intense. The unwelcome things that sometimes happen in life—being rejected, losing a valuable object, failing a…

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(17) A Good Question For Highly Sensitive People: Do You Want To Be Happy Or Right?

We’ve all heard the old adage…Choose your battles wisely. As a highly sensitive person, I’ve always vigorously believed in this philosophy because I know the emotional and physical toll that conflict can unleash on my mind and body! However, I must admit that it isn’t always obvious to me which battles are worth fighting. The conflicts I struggle with the most are those where I know I am “in the right.” Like many HSPs, I have a strong sense of justice and feel the need to punish wrongdoers.

I was faced with just this type of conflict when my wife and I moved into our new home in Missouri. After a disastrous experience with a long-distance moving company, I spent the first hours in our new home plopped down on the floor…in utter exhaustion and almost boiling over with anger! Not only was I surrounded by mountains of boxes…but also damaged furniture, broken glass, and other ruined belongings! As we unpacked, we would be assessing our damages. I was terrified of what we would find! This was definitely NOT what I had expected to feel after accomplishing our multi-year goal of moving 950 miles halfway across the country. (more…)

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The Road Of Life From A Highly Sensitive Person’s Perspective

One night while I was on a long drive, I conceived the idea of comparing my ride to my travels through life. My inspiration resulted in the piece below about my journey of twists, turns, and obstacles...something I'm sure all HSPs can relate to! The road is empty and without traffic lights. All I can see before me are reflective road stripes. I imagine myself as an automobile forging my way through the night. The road behind me is filled with my experiences, both good and bad. That part of the journey is known because I have already traveled it. The road before me —my future— is dark and hazy, except for the small part that lies in view, but even that is uncertain. I can only…

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(16) The Red Flags Come Home to Roost

When there is a lesson for you to learn, the universe will sometimes whisper gently in your ear. Other times, it will wallop you over the head with a sledgehammer! I unfortunately experienced the latter as my wife and I prepared to move halfway across the country to be closer to our daughter.

In an earlier post, I talked about how I overlooked red flags and ignored my HSP intuition when I hired a long distance mover to relocate us from New Jersey to Missouri. Sadly, all of those unheeded, red flags were about to morph into a giant, red cape to be waved in front of my face by a diabolical matador! Okay…perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but our moving troubles were about to go from bad to much, much worse. Our highly sensitive nervous systems would be severely tested! (more…)

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