Highly Sensitive People: Can You Give An Example Of An “Empowered” Highly Sensitive Person?

I was asked recently to provide an example of an empowered highly sensitive person who has overcome difficulty and has been able to live a good and productive life. This person mentioned… “It would be helpful for people to brainstorm and name out loud other empowered HSP’s-and that if I  or anyone else can think of some, please share it. We need all the role models we can get!” 

I thought this was a great idea! I asked myself…Why can’t I give myself as an example? I’m on the high side of being highly sensitive. I’ve overcome many difficult times in my life and have been living a good and productive life. Why not me? I was apprehensive at first because we highly sensitive people don’t like to “brag” about ourselves. On further thought, I realized that it’s important to have role models that can inspire others to live their best lives. That’s what my passion and writing is all about!

I’d like to share a personal story about one of the most difficult times in my life. I made a real estate investment many years ago. I took out a loan for a building with the intention that this investment would make my life easier in the future. It didn’t! (more…)

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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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