Ten Ways To Get A Life You Can Live With

Written by Suzann Foerster

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6. Be Aware and Present to Your Life

The more you noticerepparttar process of liferepparttar 131122 more likely you are to appreciate it. This means slowing down and enjoyingrepparttar 131123 unfolding of your life and recognizingrepparttar 131124 deeper meaning of each event. Stop running from task to task and ask yourself, 'is this what I really want to do?'

7. Surround Yourself With Supportive People and Environments

Enrich your life by surrounding yourself with people that accept you as you are and support who you are. Also, make sure that your home and work environments are comfortable and bring out your best.

8. Observe Without Judging

Judgment is often a way to shield, protect or promote ourselves. Seerepparttar 131125 world and those in it as doingrepparttar 131126 best that they can, even if itís different fromrepparttar 131127 way you would like it to be. Change your language from making someone 'wrong' to just being 'different'. Accepting what is without judgment frees up tons of energy.

9. Honor Your Spirit Through Intuition and Faith

Honorrepparttar 131128 fact that you are a spiritual being having a human experience; know that everything happens for a reason and to trustrepparttar 131129 spirit within you. Having faith in your higher purpose will give you a quiet confidence that calms and assures.

10. Celebrate and Have Fun!

Take an inventory of all your accomplishments, everything you are proud of in your life. Compliment yourself for your gifts, strengths and talents; compliment others forrepparttar 131130 same. Treat yourself daily to honor allrepparttar 131131 wonderful aspects of you and your life.

Take action today towards buildingrepparttar 131132 satisfying life you deserve!

Suzann Foerster is the owner of Accelerated Solutions, a business and leadership coaching firm. Accelerated Solutions partners with business leaders and teams to maximize their performance through innovative coaching and developmental practices. Suzann is dedicated to empowering businesses, teams and leaders with the skills and action steps for personal and professional success.

Women in Transition From Post Feminism to Past Femininity - Part I

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Yet, even afterrepparttar demise of communism, Western feminism failed to take root in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The East Coast Amazons from America and their British counterparts were too ideological, too Marxist, too radical and too men-hating and family-disparaging to engender much following inrepparttar 131120 just-liberated victims of leftist ideologies. Hectoring, overly-politicized women were a staple of communism - and so was women's liberation. Women in CEE vowed: "never again".

Moreover,repparttar 131121 evaporation ofrepparttar 131122 iron curtain liftedrepparttar 131123 triple burden as well. Women finally had a choice whether to develop a career and how to balance it with family life. Granted, economic hardship made this choice highly theoretical. Once again, women had to work to make ends meet. Butrepparttar 131124 stifling ethos was gone.

Communism left behind it a legal infrastructure incompatible with a modern market economy. Maternal leave was anywhere between 18 and 36 (!) months, for instance. But there were no laws to tackle domestic or spousal violence, women trafficking, organized crime prostitution rings, discrimination, inequality, marital rape, date rape and a host of other issues. There were no women's media of any kind (TV or print). No university offered a gender studies program or had a women's studies department. Communism was interested in women (and humans) as means of production. It ignored all other dimensions of their existence. In sputnik-era Russia, there were no factories for tampons or sanitary bandages, for example. Communism believed thatrepparttar 131125 restructuring of class relations will resolve all other social inequities. Feminism properly belonged torepparttar 131126 spoiled, brooding women ofrepparttar 131127 West - not torepparttar 131128 bluestockings of communism. Ignoring problems was communism's way of solving them. Thus, there was no official unemployment inrepparttar 131129 lands of socialism - or drugs, or AIDS, or unhappy women. To borrow from psychodynamic theories, Communism never developed "problem constancy".

To many, women included, communism was aboutrepparttar 131130 perversion ofrepparttar 131131 "natural order". Men and women were catapulted out of their pre-ordained social orbits into an experiment in dystopy. When it ended, post communism became a throwback torepparttar 131132 19th century: its values, mores and petite bourgeois aspirations. Inrepparttar 131133 exegesis of transition, communism was interpreted as an aberration, an interruption in an otherwise linear progress. It was cast as a regrettable historical accident or, worse, a criminal endeavour to be vehemently disowned and reversed.

Yet again women proved to berepparttar 131134 prime victims of historical processes, this time of transition. They saw their jobs consumed by male-dominated privatization and male-biased technological modernization. Men inrepparttar 131135 CEE are 3 times more likely to find a job, 60-80% of all women's jobs were lost (for instance inrepparttar 131136 textile and clothing industries) andrepparttar 131137 highest rates of unemployment are among middle aged and older women ("unemployment with a female face" as it is called in Ukraine). Women constitute 50-70% ofrepparttar 131138 unemployed. And women's unemployment is probably under-reported. Most unrecorded workers (omitted fromrepparttar 131139 official statistics) are women. Where retraining is available (a rarity), women are trained to do computer jobs, mostly clerical and low skilled. Men, onrepparttar 131140 other hand, are assigned to assimilate new and promising technologies. In many countries, women are asked to waive their rights underrepparttar 131141 law, or even to produce proof of sterilization before they get a job. The only ray of light is higher education, where women's participation actually increased in certain countries. But this blessing is confined to "feminine" (low pay and low status) professions. Vocational and technical schools have either closed down entirely or closed their gates to women. Even in feminized professions (such as university teaching), women make less than 20% ofrepparttar 131142 upper rungs (e.g., full professorships). The tidal wave ofrepparttar 131143 rising cost of education threatens to drown this trend of women's education. Studies have shown that, with rising costs, women's educational opportunities decline. Families prefer to invest - and rationally so - in their males.


Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is a columnist for Central Europe Review, United Press International (UPI) and eBookWeb and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and searcheurope.com.

Visit Sam's Web site at http://samvak.tripod.com

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