Honoring our FathersWritten by Peggy Porter
This weekend as we celebrate Father’s Day, take an opportunity to express gratitude for many wonderful fathers we see giving their love, support and guidance to our children on a daily basis.
Personally, in my own life, I am surrounded by them. From my own father, to my father-in-law, my husband and many friends I am blessed to have. I see them at supermarket, holding their child while attempting to shop; on street riding their bikes, with their children cautiously proceeding ahead; at gymnasium, proudly watching their daughter attempt her first cartwheel and at church gently kissing their son on cheek.
Although mothers have typically been nurturer in our society, fathers have a huge impact on raising and development of our children. . A son will learn first hand from his father balance between toughness and tenderness. Daughters look to their fathers for guidance and example on how to be treated by men they will have in their lives. Fathers are there to give support and protect their most prized possession…family. In book, The Wonder Of Fathers, author C.R. Gibson writes…He goes by many names. He serves many roles. He’s a shoulder to cry on, to lean on, and to climb on. He can be quiet, boisterous, athletic, or scholarly. He is his son’s first role model and first man his daughter will love. And no matter what else he does in his life, fatherhood will be his most important and fulfilling achievement.
Housing Decisions Involve PsychologyWritten by Lois A. Vitt
In deciding to buy or sell, move or stay, downsize or expand, most Americans do not realize how complex decision-making process really is. A successful, fulfilling housing result is more likely when you consider your housing psychology - that place where human interaction, role of “place” in our lives, and finance all come together.
Few events test relationships and decision-making skills more dramatically than search for your dream home.
Even before you decide to buy or rent, you must first decide to move. Is this a good time to move? How much can I/we afford? Where do we want to go? An unexamined-decision approach can trap you into making poor housing choices. The more you learn about managing your inner motivations and personal relationships as well as your housing and financial goals, better your housing decisions will be.
It is important to realize that you have a relationship to your home beyond relationships with people who share it with you. In fact, your relationship with your home is so personal and close that no other nonhuman relationship is quite like it.
Home is something we “provide” for ourselves and others. It represents our capacity to control our physical setting and our leisure. It is our bastion of security and touchstone for our sense of independence. In best-case scenario, it is our sanctuary.
A housing decision is watershed of everything in your life: physical aspects of where and how you live; your livelihood; your physical, emotional, and financial well-being; your safety and security; your intimate and social relationships; your sense of community; your greatest pleasures and your deepest pain. It is no wonder that few of us have tools to make consistently good housing decisions - decisions based on tested principles and values rather than on emotions or circumstances.