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Apologising for being sorry

Jenn Shallvey

Do you apologise a lot? You are probably not aware of whether you do or not. Consider a normal day or week. Try and recall how many times you said “I’m sorry”. If not able to recall, then maybe take a day and observe yourself.

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Be who you are not who others are trying to persuade you to be

Jenn Shallvey

You are an expert. Yes an expert. You are an expert in being you. All your life you repeatedly test out ways of being you and discovering what works and does not work. Life is like a big experiment. There is a hypothesis, a test of sort and then learning. After each test there is an adjustment, tweaking or variation of a variable. Off you go to try again.

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Being you and a bridge between generations and cultures

Jenn Shallvey

I am in a local cafe. Two Chinese ladies and a baby sit next to me. One woman is a new mother,  the other a new grandmother. I do not know whether the baby is a boy or a girl and this does not matter.  It dawns on me. Three generations in one moment. Three generations from a culture with much reverence and respect for the wisdom of the old.

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Talking behind your back

Jenn Shallvey

1. How often in a day do you talk about other people, whether public figures, strangers or friends?

2. What percentage of the content of these conversations is considered kind, positive or constructively helpful?

3. Would you be prepared to say what you say about a person when not in their presence directly to them when in their presence?

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A process you may find helpful in challenging times

Jenn Shallvey

I have been sitting with and reflecting much on the happenings of this week. I feel the shock and the wave of outpouring emotion in response to what is indescribable harm to others in all parts of the world.  I see the challenges many are going through trying to grapple with the emotions coming up in response.  My private reflection and practices are supporting me and I hope others in some way.  Yet I am affected as are you and asking many questions.  As a writer there are words pouring forth but not yet ready to be shared.

This morning I woke at 4:30am with words to share.  For those of you who are open to inspiration in all its forms you will understand how this can happen.

So I pulled out my phone and jotted down the following.  I share this now with you as an offering of a process of sorts.

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