Highly Sensitive People: Would You Like More Mr. Rogers Information?

I went to see the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The movie was very touching and was a fitting tribute to this wonderful human being. However, it took a turn that I wasn’t expecting.

It was about an investigative journalist, Lloyd Vogel, who was the least likely to be charmed by Mr. Rogers. The film was inspired by Tom Junod’s article, “Can You Say…Hero”?, for Esquire magazine in November 1998. At first, the reporter want to do a “hit piece” that would expose a person who seemed too good to be true. (more…)

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Giving Thanks in Divided Times by Amy McNeil

Do you know the true story of the first Thanksgiving? Most people think of Thanksgiving as a “feel good” holiday, but its history is mired in division and challenge. The very existence and endurance of this long standing tradition is proof positive that people can come together even in divided times.

As the story goes, a day of Thanksgiving was set aside in 1621, about a year after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts. After a successful harvest, the Pilgrims pledged thanks for a safe voyage and survival in a strange, new land. While they had experienced great loss, the Pilgrims had regained strength and learned to provide for themselves. The Wampanoag Indians joined the Pilgrims in their festival of celebration and gratitude. The time was filled with feasts, prayers, dances, shooting matches, wrestling, and other games. (more…)

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Highly Sensitive People: Are You Thankful For Your High Sensitivity?

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and appreciate all that we have. While it’s nice to have a holiday to remind us to be grateful, there’s no reason to focus our gratitude on just one day. Do you routinely take the time to be grateful for all of the good things in your life? What about your high sensitivity?

As highly sensitive people, we’re greatly influenced by our environment and deeply take in everything around us. This means that we have rich, intense lives, as well as the ability to fully experience life’s best moments! On the flip side, our nature can also make us uniquely challenged by daily stress. Since most people experience stress nearly every day and only occasional joy, it can be hard to appreciate high sensitivity. (more…)

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Highly Sensitive People: Are You Living Your Desired Life?
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Highly Sensitive People: Are You Living Your Desired Life?

The years fly by very fast. Or at least it seems so…as our lives are filled to the brim with activities. After family responsibilities, work obligations, and household chores, most of us have little downtime. Amidst our harried lives, we rarely take a moment to step back and think about the “big picture.”

To get out of that mindset, here are some questions you may want to consider. Are you operating on autopilot? Do you have purpose and meaning in your life? What do you feel you were put on this planet to accomplish? If you had just a few more years to live, what would bubble up to the top of your priority list? (more…)

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