Hi all - I will take a risk today and let you very close to my heart and personal values.
I am so sorry that I haven't had much time in the last month or so for people commenting here but I promise I will try and catch up soon. Steve has also said he will hop in and answer some comments as soon as he is able.
What has sidetracked us both is our local council's (city hall's) decision to cut down a whole row of the most beatiful (and giant) trees in our city. Steve and I don't usually get involved in politics but I believe me sharing a bit more of what has been going on in our personal lives is relevant to our discussions here at the Narcissism Daily Mirror and I hope you find my tale today interesting ...
Over the last few years I have had my own favorite ways to self soothe. I once used the audio products we produced together with Sarah Chambers for this purpose. I still believe in Sarah's work but unfortunately she refused to acknowledge our part in marketing and developing her work and felt she could go into competition with us without compensating us for all the work we had done and the royalties we had paid her. After she made the decision to hire someone to intimidate our family forcing us to remove the products we had produced for her (in good faith) I made the decison that for me to keep focused on my own goals I needed to cut ties with Sarah with as few complications (legally and otherwise) as possible and so I agreed to remove her products from our site even though this was grossly unfair to us.
As I rebuilt our site and worked on new audios to replace the ones I had produced for Sarah (but had been forced to shelve) another irony dawned on me which was that Sarah's voice was now no longer something I wanted to listen to to calm down (lol).
Luckily I had been offered the Wellness Audio Institute amazing range of Brain Wave Entrainment Albums to try and I can honestly share that they work - because it was these recordings which kept me on track through the terrible stress this situation with Sarah caused me.
But the lesson hadn't finished for me and little did I know that one of my other favorite options for calming down was also soon to be violated. If you have read much of my writing you will know that walking under (or imagining I am walking under) the giant trees in our city is something that always works to calm me down if I am angry or upset.
As fate would have it these very same trees that I hold so dear to my heart are now on 'skid row' and for the past 4 months or so we have been fighting our local government to save them.
Now when I think about the trees I just get angry about the people who want to destroy them.
The lesson for me in this I believe is valor. Because sometimes calming down and thinking things through just isn't enough. We need to get mad enough to take a few risks and take action.
With Sarah I backed down and stayed focused on my own goals and projects - but with the trees it is different and we have decided to take a stand.
So the movie below is part of what Steve and I have been doing to help in the fight to save our city's trees.
We both remain commited in our role as champions of those living with domestic abuse and hope we will always be here for everyone who need us, but until this is resolved with our city's officials, these trees need us too and we will do all that we can to save them.
I am very proud of this movie and I hope you will watch it to the end and if you have YouTube account you will please comment on the movie on YouTube.
If there is anything you can do to help us in our fight, please let us know as we have only a week until they are scheduled to be cut down. Otherwise we will be back with you with more relationship advice as soon as possible ....
Hang in there and stay cool (-: