Latonya Dunn

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DUNN: Fear of criticism holds us back

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To go after what you want, to speak out about what you believe, and to make something of yourself requires that you put yourself “out there” for others to voice their opinions.

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DUNN: Simply listening can make a difference

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“No one would listen anyway.” That is what the lady at the lake said as my family and I walked past her and asked “How are you?”

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Young people, stay the course for success

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As the new school year gets under way for many young people in the region, including my own nephew who is starting first grade this term, I am reminded of the importance of encouraging our young people to buckle down and stay the course despite the obstacles they will face.

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In life, appreciate your journey

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A little while back, I found an old leaflet tucked inside the back cover of a red book that I have had for several years. It was a little wrinkled, sort of stiff, and a tad bit discolored from ink that had bled through from years of being pressed firmly against the book’s cover. But, the words were as fresh and fluid and as clear as perhaps the day they were first printed.

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Give up self-pity and give time to others

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When most of us experience tough times, it becomes difficult to see past our own circumstances. We may shut down and feel sorry for ourselves or even angry at others.

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Success comes from willingess to try again

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I believe it was Albert Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. A seemingly simple concept, yet many of us wrestle with its unseen complexity.

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Make deliberate choices in caring for yourself

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With so much going on in our lives, it is so important that we take time to take care of ourselves.

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Healing is an ongoing process

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The business of healing is not a passive, inactive process in which we can simply sit back and watch time pass us by, expecting that we will somehow be restored to our pre-wounded selves. Healing is an active process.

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Be careful what you ingest in mind, body

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If we are starving, we are more likely to eat anything we can find without any concern for our wellbeing, but when we are full and content, we are more selective about when and what we eat.

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Be more active in your health care

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Recently I took my vehicle in for a routine service check. In the last couple of weeks, I had noticed a squealing kind of noise coming from the front end of my vehicle.

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Not everyone fits the same mold

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Growing up, there were times when I didn’t always like something my mom would cook for dinner.

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Even best advice can’t be forced

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Have you ever found yourself in a struggle with someone because they seem to push back every time you tried to tell them something about themselves or tell them what they needed to do?

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To err is human; accept it

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To learn from a mistake effectively transforms it from mistake to life lesson.

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Resisting change can hinder your progress

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I write often about change and transition and the usefulness of embracing these as opportunities for personal growth. Very often we have an oppositional relationship to change and transition where we are kicking and screaming, pushing back and resisting.

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‘Letting go’ doesn’t mean forgetting

Recently while having a discussion about letting go of past mistakes, I suggested that “letting go” is often confused with “forgetting” or “pretending mistakes did not happen” and simply moving on with life.

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