Balanced Contentment

ruthjimward@gmail.com Funambulism, discovered in research, is the formal word for tightrope walking, the skill of walking along a thin wire or rope.  It has a long tradition in various countries and is commonly associated with the circus.  Acrophobic (fear of crowds, open areas) the dizzying feat for seasoned…

Clicking with Molly

ruthjimward@gmail.com Getting ready to leave after a large class, a classmate and I became engaged in sharing what we did at home before coming to our very early class.  When I said that I listen to music while I eat breakfast, she said, “I also tune in to…

Favoritism/Favors Follow-Up

ruthjimward@gmail.com Amusing and insightful email responses highlighting the scars of favoritism and questionable favors influenced my decision for follow-up to offer additional ideas and wisdom for parents and grandparents   in detecting and avoiding those pitfalls and perhaps acknowledging unintentional former poor judgment. I liked your mom's one line…

Favoritism/Favors

ruthjimward@gmail.com After apologizing for missing an appointment and attempting to find a new date on my calendar to hear the tech say, “You’re taking too long”, my first reaction was, “Well, I’m certainly not his favorite,” It had been a good while since I had experienced…

Patience/Power

Patience: bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like. Quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness, was first recorded 1275-1325.  The gals in Bible study discussed how our society hinges on instant gratification of deliveries of…

Accountable

First known use of the word accountability was in 1750 with the meaning willingness or obligation to explain one's actions or to admit being the cause of a problem:  Synonyms: answerability, blame, fault, liability, responsibility. Since our lives from toddler to older adults revolve around the various mentors of accountability…

Invaluable

On a whim, I changed routes on my daily walk which catapulted me to an unexpected delight.  An empty flatbed truck passed, causing me to wonder if they were lost on this dead-end street and I’d be asked for directions. Then, when another passed, my intuitive possibility-thinker jumped to…

Collaborative Opposites

The definition for the word collaborative embraces the ideas of cooperation and combining, which is necessary for maintaining healthy and strong relationships between temperament-type/personalities. Collaborative is especially applicable for this week’s focus describing total opposites who deal extensively in understanding, appreciation and patience as they link arms, minds,…