All posts filed under: Self acceptance

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What? As part of that […]

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

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Acceptance / Gratitude / pressure to perform / Self acceptance / Uncategorized

There is so much pressure for us to get involved in stuff. I find it all the time. I think it is about time I accepted that I like my life the way it is! I am surrounded by people who are always off on holidays. Normal conversation involves talking about where you have been and where you are going next. I feel a bit inadequate not being able to contribute. I am not into […]

Life’s surprises are not always welcome

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Acceptance / emotions / Friends and family / Self acceptance / Uncategorized / Wisdom

As I look back over my life there are probably a dozen incidents or more that were a significant blow to my equilibrium. The sort that makes everything else seem petty and unimportant. I am sure that we all experience these things from time to time. My first experience I remember was when my school friend’s father died. He worked at our school and was very popular with all the kids. It was my first […]

The inner critic – an interesting twist

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Acceptance / bullying / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Self acceptance

No doubt you will know what I mean when I talk about my inner critic. It is that ever present voice in my head that tells me I should … do better say or not say something lose weight and exercise more work harder achieve more be happier help others more and so forth I am aware of my inner critic some of the time and at other times it has full rein. This is […]

Self worth or Ego?

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Meaning of life and that stuff / Self acceptance

I was at a meeting the other day and I went along with the attitude of wanting to get involved. I was taken aback by the chair of the meeting – he couldn’t seem to notice I was there. I have grappled with this and wondered whether I was having an issue with my ego (wanting to be noticed etc) and I felt quite annoyed. I offered to take on a significant and time-consuming role […]

Confidence booster

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Acceptance / Motivation / Self acceptance / The workplace

I developed the tool below to help me in times when I doubt myself. I think of the word confidence and go through each letter at a time. Sometimes I can’t remember my original choice of words and then I come up with new ones that reinforce positive thoughts in my mind. CONFIDENCE IS MADE UP OF MANY SMALLER PARTS C is for capable. You have the basic knowledge and experience to do the task […]

I am not making it up …

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Baby Boomers / Geography / Indigenous Australians / Meaning of life and that stuff / Pilbara / Religion / Self acceptance / Social media / technology / The workplace / WordPress / Writing

I recently had my sixtieth birthday and that means I have done a range of things in those six decades. Sometimes I surprise people when I mention some of those things. I guess we all travel our own journeys and we can never be sure where they will take us. A list of some of my adventures follows: I left home in country Victoria at 17 years old to live in Melbourne and I was […]