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Has Anyone Seen My Toothbrush?

Apart from the birth of a child, I can think of no voluntary action more disruptive than moving. Nothing throws you out of your routine faster than having to search for every

When our expectations are disrupted, our way of seeing things can change.

When our expectations are disrupted, our way of seeing things can change.

single item you want, or having to remember in what cupboard, drawer or closet you have put it.

You know exactly what it is like.

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We’re About to be Homeless

Friday and Saturday the moving company came and moved most everything out of the house. We’ve spent the last few nights at a friend’s house. Today, Brad will load

Brad W. Smith photographer, moving van, LifeIsHOTBlog Homeless

Nothing changes your relationship to your stuff life packing and physically moving it.

a few things into a rental truck, and after we finish up the paperwork of selling the house, we’ll be technically homeless. Although, it hardly feels that way. If anything, the logistics of selling a home makes you acutely aware of all of your stuff.

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I Missed an Opportunity to Make a Friend

I hoped to have an interesting conversation a few weeks ago with a person I did not know well. She made a claim that caught my attention because it challenged what I know. My thought was, aha, this is an opportunity to get to know her better. This is an opportunity to gain a new friend.

two white women, one older, one younger, on a red sofa, artwork on the wall behind them.

Through conversation, we gain new relationships by exploring new ideas and discovering how they complement, expand, or even change, our beliefs.

We all love to talk. Conversation – the mutual interchange of ideas – is one of the most pleasant experiences we have. Conversation binds us together in new relationships and keeps our existing relationships strong. We confirm we belong when we find common ground and we stretch ourselves when we are open to hearing contrary ideas.

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