It's not the blatant acts of disrespect or rejection that hurt us the most, it's the subtle gestures that leave room for doubt or interpretation that leave deep scars. Nuance thrives in those subtle gestures because nuance is what allows us to avoid conflict, or resist commitment. It allows us a graceful exit for just-in-case [...]
This is a burning issue. I won't be surprised if we have more single-parent homes than we have two-parent homes these days. In fact, even many two-parent homes are run like a single-parent home because one of the partners are either uninterested, emotionally unavailable, or simply a delinquent child themselves. The crisis is much worse [...]
Dishonesty isn't always a lie. It's often an unspoken truth. In fact, unspoken truths are probably the source of more dishonesty than outright lies.We remain silent when we feel threatened by the revelation of the truth.That threat is not always about exposure of who we are. Sometimes, it's because we don't want to bear the [...]
Defining moments are those moments that mark a turning point in our lives. It's either recalled as a moment of upliftment, or sadly too often a moment of duress. Both, however, define our lives and influences our behaviour in ways that we rarely recognise.
My naivety has often led to prickly situations that didn't end well. Sometimes the prickiness of the situation resulted in the loss of what I assumed to be a heartwarming friendship. But the thing about conviction is that it makes it impossible to withdraw an unpopular sentiment in order to preserve the illusion of friendship, [...]
Choice is that horrible thing we despise when something doesn’t work out in our favour, but it’s a right we jealously defend when things go our way. Right there is the crux of balance, but balance will remain elusive if we don't recognise the choices that we made. That is not as basic as it [...]