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Family, gratitude, love and respect

As I had a pretty rocky start in life, I don't really know what a "normal" family is; if I try to picture one I end up with a Norman Rockwell painting. Until I met my husband, I only had my very dysfunctional family to go on and I certainly would not view any of the atypical pushy, bigoted, arrogant and competitive North American Jewish types that I was surrounded with as role models.

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Finding balance between honesty and etiquette

There seems to be a conflict going on in my wee brain between honesty and business etiquette; I have some pretty solid business ethics, which generally results in my making less money than I could whilst maintaining my integrity, so I'm cool with that. The conflict, however, is playing out in the area where etiquette, integrity and honesty meet, or don't for that matter.

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Anger and Hatred meet Compassion and Forgiveness

People find it hard to believe that I just can't get really angry, feel hatred or hold grudges, and even I have wondered why this is so. Compassion and forgiveness are indeed contributing factors, and I practice these in both meditation and daily life, but it seems that there has been a deeper internal shift that is allowing me to be so accepting.

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Mindfulness, education & inspiration: transforming young lives from within

As moments of true inspiration are rare, it would appear that today I won the inspiration lottery; so many wonderful moments unfolded as the day progressed, revealing the bare heart of humanity and the hope that just maybe this generation of children will learn to treat themselves, each other and our planet with respect and compassion. It was marvellous.

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Life, death, hope and love

I have been pondering death today; it is not that I am morbid, but the news that our friend's mother is losing her battle with cancer has resonated with me quite profoundly. I have tried to say the right things, but am not entirely sure that I know what they are, and so I pondered.

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Empathy, Ignorance & Discrimination

I have experienced my fair share of discrimination in my lifetime, and I don't expect it to abate any time soon. Discrimination is driven by fear and borne of ignorance, and although it is a simple enough concept to fit into a single sentence, it is not such an easy problem to solve.

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Friendships: of all manner and merit

Friendships all have their ups and downs, but to me true friendship is something to behold, to cherish, protect, nurture and respect. For friendship to stand firm through all that life throws at it - from pain and sorrow to joy and happiness - it must be accommodating and forgiving, as it will over time most certainly be put to a test or seven.

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Trust: not a standardised commodity

Trust is a word which has been bandied about so much that it has lost both its meaning and importance. Folk just seem to believe that by habitually imposing their expectations on unsuspecting others, without consultation or asking for permission, they are placing their trust in that person. What invariably transpires is the trust-thruster becomes disappointed when the unwitting recipient does not live up to their expectations.

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Is disability the last taboo?

As I wander through the world trying to make it that little bit better, I am forever perplexed by how awkward so many people are around us disabled types. Sure, I don't expect people to have a detailed understanding of the machinations of living with the wide range and complexity of impairments that fall under the rather big banner of disability, but I would hope that there would be a little more compassion, tolerance and sensitivity when it comes to interacting with us.

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