A note from Roberta -- There are times I feel passionately about a topic and begin to write a blog entry. In this case, my colleague Lisa Merlo-Booth beat me to the punch. She has covered this topic so completely that there was no need for me to reinvent the wheel. I asked Lisa's permission to post this on my website. You will be well informed when you finish reading her 2 part series. (c) 2014 Lisa Merlo-Booth Back in July of this year, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray
Copyright 2014 Roberta Gallagher Have you ever noticed that most self-help books are aimed at women? Are we so helpless, unassertive, needy, and codependent that we require so much advice? Or are we more open to think in new ways and not afraid to think we need help? There appears to be a social issue underlying all of this. I have always been interested in making a difference but as a woman growing up in the 1950s the messages around me said I was to be a housewife and stay
Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher When was the last time you made an empowering change? Yes, change can be scary, frustrating and seemingly slow. But it can also bring fresh opportunities for learning and growth. Changing something in a part of your life that is outside your relationship can give you and your partner something new to discuss, and an additional area in which you can be supported. It’s an empowering act to embrace and implement change — one that enhances self
Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher Ever since human beings could speak to one another, they have been making promises and keeping them or not keeping them. Those who keep their promises are regarded as people of integrity, while those who don’t keep their promises are regarded as people who at best, can’t be taken seriously and at worst, can’t be trusted. Sometimes we forget how powerful our words are, and we use them haphazardly or unconsciously, creating expectations that are
Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher Contentment and fulfillment are never wholly the result of external events or situations. Though life’s joyful moments can ignite the spark of contentment within us, that spark is fueled by serenity long established in our souls. When we forget this, it is easy to become stuck in “if only” patterns of thought. If we concentrate on the natural serenity that exists within us, however, we can move forward unimpeded by disappointment. The circumst
Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher A month or more ago a 37 year old man living near Orlando, Florida went to bed early and the earth opened and swallowed him up (technical name “Sinkhole”). This is an ironic and dramatic end to a rather ordinary life. We cannot be safer than in our own beds. Pull the covers over your head to hide from the events we cannot control. What I can safely say is that control is an illusion. It is comforting to make plans and have goals so long as we
Copyright 2013 Roberta Gallagher What does one say when launching a blog? In this busy world it almost seems like an imposition or an arrogance to think that what I have to offer is worth the time. Whoever is choosing to read this I commit to making it practical and philosophical. With almost 40 years of working with people who honor me by sharing their innermost fears and longings there is much in the way of wisdom and knowledge I have acquired that I would like to share.