Peace Partnership
3 Dec

Happiness Is Not Enough

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  “Why would anyone else have the answers to your life but you?” “Sure I’m selfish. This is my happiness we’re talking about; I have every right to be.” “Don’t I deserve to be happy?” “Cheer up man! We’re only here for 80 years so you’ve got to enjoy yourself.” Sometimes I marvel at the […]

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4 Sept

The Terrible Secret of Too Much Counseling

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Let me get right to the point: Too much counseling can drive you crazy. Settle down, let me explain. Emotional Excavation That’s weird. I wonder why I did that? Why did what s/he said hurt my feelings so much? Why am I so mad about this? Why do I always seem to assume the worst? […]

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1 June

Jon’s Rules for Being Miserable

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  [Sarcasm font on] I’ve worked in the mental health field for 16 years. I’ve been a triage counselor at a psychiatric hospital, a school counselor and the past several years I’ve spent as a counselor and director of Peace Partnership. I’ve seen a lot of, ahem, stuff. I’ve been spit on, hit, kicked, and […]

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2 Mar

Guilt & Consequence

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“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo Da Vinci – Recently, I have been working with a couple over the suicide of their child. There was no note. There was no rhyme or reason. No foreshadowing. The parents utterly destroyed. Our time together consists of strange […]

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1 Dec

Why Exceptionalism Is Killing Us (Literally)

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There’s this guy you know. You know the one: he’s good at everything. He’s successful, he’s funny—really funny, he looks like he could be a personal trainer, he’s really smart, everyone likes him, he has the perfect family, he ages like a fine wine, if he’s going to the Christmas party everyone else will go […]

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