#HighlySensitivePeople: Do you take things for granted?

As human beings, we have a natural tendency to take things for granted. Our brains are hardwired to focus our attention on things that aren’t going well and ignore the things that are. We forget to celebrate and honor the good things.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. This holiday pays tribute to the courageous soldiers who fought to protect the freedoms that Americans enjoy. It’s a time to honor those who lost their lives as well as all to thank all those who have or are serving.¬†Unfortunately this time of remembrance and respect sometimes gets lost, and people don’t remember the sacrifices that these brave soldiers made.
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#HighlySensitivePeople: Can you use some positive resolutions?

Being the highly sensitive person that I am, who has introverted and social anxiety characteristics, I know the importance of having a positive mindset.¬† I would like to share a New Year’s tradition started by the late Pauline Phillips, (Dear Abby, a syndicated newspaper columnist for many years), who had a list of New Year’s resolutions called Just for Today that was adapted from the original credo of Al-Anon. (more…)

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#HighlySensitivePeople: Are you thankful only once a year?

Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday, November 23th in the United States. It’s a time that we 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 throughout the year? (more…)

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#HighlySensitivePeople: Do you appreciate yourself?

I wrote this poem in 2005 while stranded on a seven-hour train ride from New York to New Jersey. This would normally take one hour! It was a hot summer night. The train had been delayed because of a damaged power line. I was exhausted and upset. This was a situation that I couldn’t control. This poem symbolizes my way, as a highly sensitive person, to best cope with this situation.

Self-Appreciation 

Who are you?
Where do you fit in this world?
We come in different colors, shapes, sizes, abilities, and aptitudes.
Some of us are able bodied, and some of us are not.
Some of us have physical handicaps, and some of us are handicapped by our thinking.
Some of us have attitudes that will make us soar, whoever we are.
We all have choices. We can choose to make our situations better or worse.
We are all dealt circumstances that we can and cannot control.
Don’t we owe it to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world to make the best out of whatever we’ve got?
Why not make the best out of your lot?
For better or worse, we’re all we’ve got. (more…)

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