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7 Questions that Cultivate Authentic Connections

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
~Herman Melville~

Many people struggle with achieving a sense of authentic connections with others. More often than not, we lack the mindfulness to consider how our behavior may be creating the distance or lack of connection that we feel with those in our sphere of influence. As we have discussed in the post, Personal Resilience 101: Accepting Oneself and Others, self-awareness improves our capacity to build and sustain stronger and supportive relationships.
In the book, The Power of Resilience, Robert Brooks PH.D and Sam Goldstein PH.D, suggest that we can improve the quality of our connections with questions. I am sharing the following seven questions from their list in the hopes that they will begin to help you get to the heart of how to create more meaningful connections with others.

Top 10 Time Killers and How to Fight Back

Wisdom Quotes

Here's How You Can Have a Personal Relationship with Jesus

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~Eph. 5:17, NLT~ Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also, has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~Philippians 2:5-11~ As a Christian, this particular calendar week highlights the depth of God's love for me and you. My faith in Jesus continues to be the cornerstone from which I have been able to build and rebuild my life…

Overcome the Habit of Making Excuses!

No one ever excused his way to success.  ~Dave Del Dotto

Recently, I checked out from the Richland Library Dr. Wayne Dyer'sExcuses BeGone! audio book. I have renewed this CD program twice. Each time that I've listened to a CD, I find that I am developing an awareness of why the previous five years of my life has been less successful and less satisfying to my soul than the previous twenty years.

The insights that I'm gaining from listening to this program has helped me to see how I have used excuses such as, "I don't have the money", "I don't have the contacts needed", "I don't have the time", to "I don't have the physical energy I had in my 20's and 30's to go hard towards achieving the dreams that are closest to my heartstrings". This program has begun to raise my awareness to the following facts:

 If I am to live out my fullest potential and as a result encourage and support others to do the same, I cannot …

Happy People Practice This Daily

Play is hard to maintain as you get older. You get less playful. You shouldn’t of course.
~Richard Feynman~
A man went into a kindergarten class and asked how many of the kids could sing, every hand shot up immediately. How many could dance? Same response. How many could paint? Again, all hands shot up eagerly. He then went into a college classroom and asked the same question. Did he get the same response? No. No hands went up. In the years between five and eighteen the college kids had lost their sense of joy and possibility and personal command within their universe.
When was the last time you stopped and given thought to why you stopped showing a sense of wonder about life in general? What difference do you think it would make to your sense of joy in life if you engaged life with curiosity and amazement? Too often as adults, we allow our “stuff” prevent us from truly engaging the present. We spend countless hours focusing on what we assume should be or could be that we fail to relish th…

What Do "They" Know Anyway?

Each of us literally choose, by our way of attending to things, what sort of universe shall appear [for us] to inhabit.
~William James~

We give too much power to “they”. We convince ourselves that if “they” agreed to what we want then surely it would be so. Those in power will always protect their best interests. So, unless the change we want benefits them, “they” will protect the “status-quo”. There’s no doubt work needs to be done, and there’s no doubt we sometimes don’t have the power to make those changes ourselves. But many times we can’t wait for the people, systems, policies and practices that created the status-quo to be the source for fixing it. We can’t wait for conditions to be right for change. It will take too long. “We” have to take action.

“We” have to be ambassadors for the positive change needed in our lives, families and communities. “We” have to find the change “we” can make and begin to make it. “We” have to fund our own revolution. And as “we” do, “they”: those who…

Video: Do You Want It Bad Enough?

Do you really want the change that you say you want in your life? Get to YOUR naked truth. This video featuring Gabrielle Bernstein has wonderful tips on how we can get to our naked truth and why it's important for us to manifest what we truly want.

Why Intellect is Not Enough

We are wired to show compassion. Too often, we allow negative influences within our social environments to create a wall around our heart of compassion. The following video featuring Sabu Gul shares fresh insights on why intellect is not enough and without compassion we walk through life crippled. Click on the link to the video and listen to be inspired to new possibilities of compassion.


How much more would we enjoy our lives and embrace the goodness that dwells in life if we showed more compassion? What do you think? I would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments below so that others can learn and grow from your insights. Share the goodness of possibility by sharing this post with your social networks. Thanks in advance, Jackie.

It's Your Move ~ Aspire Higher

Video: Manifesting Your Dreams

In my quest to empower you to inhabit possibility, I will be sharing videos by thought leaders discussing various topics in align with the purpose of unleashing your possibility.

This video discusses steps on how to manifest your desired reality featuring Marie Forleo and Gabrielle Bernstein.

Let me know what you think by sharing your comments below. Share this post with your social network and spread the good news of possibility within your sphere of influence. Thanks in advance, Jackie!

It's Your Move ~ Aspire Higher

The Way of Wisdom

Reading Proverbs turns on the lamps in the dark corners of life. ~Max Lucado's Life Lessons Study Bible~ Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool. ~Proverbs 19:1~ Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet. ~Proverbs 19:2~ He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. ~Proverbs 19:8~ The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger; And his glory is to overlook a transgression. ~Proverbs 19:11~ A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. ~Proverbs 19:19~ Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. ~Proverbs 19:20~ There are many plans in a man's heart. Nevertheless the Lord's counsel - that will stand. ~Proverbs 19:21~ The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. ~Proverbs 20:4~ The righteous man walks in his integrity;