Tag: Relationships


Letters, Life Partners and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include a memoir by Mary-Louise Parker in the form of thank you letters, the journey to picking your life partner, writing as a way to find answers to life’s questions, the science of eating on Thanksgiving and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Letters of Love “My brother and I have talked about this, how we always loved [our......

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Connecting and Resolving Conflict: Inspired by Dance

I counsel individuals of all ages as they struggle in their relationships with friends, partners, and family members. It goes with the territory when one is a rabbi. The people I counsel often have become attached to avoiding conflict, so when conflicts arise in their relationships – as they inevitably do – they are quick to interpret them as potentially catastrophic. They need their interactions to look a particular way in order to feel loved. Our bodies can teach us about these dynamics. In the “Contact Improvisation”?video below, dancers maintain a point......

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Why We Live Where We Live

It’s hard to keep track of friends and relatives when they move around so much. My address book (when I still used one made of paper) was full of crossed-out addresses and phone numbers and email contacts. Now it’s the same problem on the electronic version: three phone numbers for one person, all tagged “home.” I don’t know which is the old and which has replaced it, or even if any of them is current. For me the underlying question, however, isn’t “Where are they now?”, but “Why aren’t they where they......

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Don't You Trust Me?

How many times have I – or my wife, or most any parent I know – heard the words, “Don’t you trust me?” from a child who’s frustrated by our unwillingness to acquiesce to an unwise idea? Well, it turns out that American politicians tend to ask us the same question. The difference is, with our children, the answer is that we probably do trust them, just not the idea they propose. With our politicians, is that the case? Isn’t it true that we just don’t trust most of them all that......

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Love, Pills and Career Choices: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (May 25 – 29), we took a look at the perspective gained by career frustrations, the powerful love connections that transcend romantic ties, the party drug making medical news, the good conversations stymied by modern-day distractions, and the support for marriage equality in a country famous for its Catholicism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Your Job’s Not Meaningful? Think Again. – Brad Hirschfield We all need something to believe in, don’t we? It doesn’t have to be......

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Wisdom on Gossip, the Future and More: Must-Read Links

Where can wisdom be found? In many voices, both familiar and those that may be new to you. Here are five of our favorite inspiring, eye-opening reads from recent publications and blogs. And The Wisdom Daily co-founders, Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula, will periodically weigh in with additional thoughts and reactions.?Check out the links below – may they provide wise insights to get your week off to a thought-provoking start!   1. Aeon‘s Katherine May in?“Digital Storytelling Revives the Art of Gossip” “Even when we are quietly reading a novel, our brains......

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The Unethical World of Yik Yak

One of the greatest Westerns in film history, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, comes to mind when I think about one of the most popular and controversial apps in use among students today. Yik Yak, a social media network with no member profiles, only displays chatter among users within a radius of 1.5 miles, or up to 10 miles. As this New York Times report demonstrates, along with the good of increasingly democratized communication comes some bad – and truly ugly. Not only are anonymous taunts and personal attacks common......

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Awkward Dates, Allergic Kids and the Dress Debate: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 2-6), we discussed ending relationships gracefully, the vast disparities in how others see the world, modifying old rules in light of new information and cutting bullies down to size. Many thanks to guest writer Naomi Telushkin for her insightful post on staying true to yourself while looking for love. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Creating Mindful Moments When Dating Someone New – Naomi Telushkin Dating is a process of being open and closed; open to......

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Do You Have a 'Designated Survivor'?

Sometimes, political tradition points the way toward wise personal practice. Okay, maybe not that often, but when it works, as it did this week, it really works! Did you know that there’s a ‘designated survivor’ during the State of the Union address? No, it’s not somebody assigned to stay awake when the whole thing gets so boring that everyone else in the room dozes off – although I smiled when my 13-year-old daughter thought so, after she heard me use the term. The ‘designated survivor’ is a single government official, typically a......

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A New Year's Challenge: Connecting While Disagreeing

What resolution can we make as we begin 2015 that would have the greatest impact on our personal and public lives? I found my answer reading a remarkable interview in the new Smithsonian magazine of the civil rights historian Taylor Branch, whose three-volume, 2,500-page chronicle, America in the King Years, is a landmark biography in American history. In the article – filled with fascinating insights about Martin Luther King Jr. and his doctrine of nonviolence – Branch tells an extraordinary story about three Freedom Riders, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.......

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