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Jo’s Journey: A Somewhat-Irreverent Guide for Doing Anything Better

Chapter 1 – Relationships

Josephine, my muse, inspires me to be a better person.  Some days, though, being a better person is just plain HARD.  Earlier this week, I confess I fell quite short of my goal.  I was missing  my husband and feeling insecure that he’s out of town visiting his kids.  Instead of telling him that, I managed to pick a fight in the few precious moments we actually had to talk on the phone.   Not surprisingly, he didn’t want to spend too much time talking with me that night, and I ended up feeling miserable.

Whimsical illustration of young woman crying by Joana Miranda

Lesson One.  

People matter.  Relationships with others are the most important things we have (outside of our health, our well-being, and a pair of Manolo Blahniks.)

Whimsical illustration of pair of red high heeled Manolo Blahniks by Joana Miranda

Lesson Two.

Operating from a place of insecurity often prompts us to say and do things contrary to our purpose.    Sometimes, our actions even create the very scenario we most fear.

Whimsical illustration of scared woman, by Joana Miranda

Lesson Three.

Low moods cause anxious thoughts to snowball.  Thoughts are just thoughts, but if you’re in a low mood it’s easy to get sucked into negativity.  Recognizing that you’re in a low mood will help you to see the thoughts for what they are….just thoughts.

Whimsical illustration of thoughtful woman, by Joana Miranda

Lesson Four.

Actually, the above three “lessons” encapsulate fairly well how we run into trouble in our relationships with others, and vice-versa.  I wish I could claim the wisdom as my own, but I can’t.  I’m on my second read-through of the excellent book The Relationship Handbook – A Simple Guide to Satisfying Relationships.  At only 154 pages, I could almost read it through once a day (and probably should.)

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