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#72123 - 01/06/05 09:51 PM Re: Daphne Stevens, Ph.D. soulful midlife
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
Okay this has been one of the most interesting things I've read in a long time...not to mention you have just described a friend of mine's husband to a T. Amazing what you can learn about in BWS...eh? Thank you Daphne and Smiles for enlightening us all. I have Daphne's book and had to set it aside when the new job took over and the gym (after work). Now I will be chomping at the bit to get back to it and finish! What insight! I see now I need to buy my friend a copy as well. She has a birthday coming up, and I can't think of anything better!

Thanks Daphne!

JJ

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#72124 - 01/06/05 09:59 PM Re: Daphne Stevens, Ph.D. soulful midlife
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Oh Daphne, it's been so great having you around. I can't stand seeing your time come to an end. It's as though we have touched the tip of an iceberg here. There's so much to talk about.

Ladies, if you haven't read Daphne's book yet...please do. Make it a gift to yourself.

I have to talk about page 197 before you leave. You talk about women putting EVERYONE else first!

One of the beauties of midlife is learning it's not necessary. To think WHAT ABOUT ME is not a sin. In fact it's a healthier way to live. Then our resevoirs aren't empty and we are happier and healthier.

I don't know if being raised Catholic had anything to do with my thinking that I should always put myself last. Hmmm, I wonder. Any thoughts?

Daphne writes in her book:

"If you are accommodating other people enough to feel irritated or angry, you're running on empty--and that's a dangerous condition, right up there with hypertension and high cholesterol and obesity. And if your doctor were to advise you to change your lifestyle habits to correct one of those conditions, you probably wouldn't be saying, "But isn't a woman supposed to have high blood pressure?"

Daphne, I love you girlfriend!

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#72125 - 01/07/05 12:17 AM Re: Daphne Stevens, Ph.D. soulful midlife
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
I think a lot of that type of thinking goes back to the way we were taught growing up..."Be nice...don't be a ME-FIRSTER...If you ask for seconds, it's impolite...let your brother/sister or cousin go first...sacrifice....sacrifice...sacrifice. That's what nice girls do.

Why yes, I always asked for seconds...why do you ask? teehee....

JJ

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#72126 - 01/07/05 01:12 AM Re: Daphne Stevens, Ph.D. soulful midlife
Daphne Offline
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Registered: 07/30/04
Posts: 40
Loc: Macon, GA
Well, thank YOU Dotsie, and everyone else, too. I've so enjoyed getting to know this group, and will be looking forward to future contact on other BWS forums.

And thanks for your comments on my book. May I add a plug? It's Watercolor Bedroom: Creating a Soulful Midlife. Available at my web site (www.daphnestevens.com) or www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com. If you're inclined to write a mini-review for Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I'd greatly appeciate that, too!

Best to all of you--and let's stay in touch.

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#72127 - 01/07/05 07:24 PM Re: Daphne Stevens, Ph.D. soulful midlife
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Daphne, thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us. Your posts have been music to my ears. I'm grateful for women like you who care about helping other women. May God continue to bless you with your ministry.

Ladies, if you haven't read her book...you should. You will surely see yourself among the pages and learn from Daphne's life experiences which she so willingly shares. When you read it be sure to answer the questions at the end of each chapter. [Wink]

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