Category Archives: Male-Focused

Masculinity & Emotions

A woman should be able to be both independent and dependent, active and passive, relaxed and serious, practical and romantic, tender and tough minded, thinking and feeling, dominant and submissive. So, obviously, should a man!
—Pierre Mornell

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Connection (Touchstones)

Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half sorrow.
—Swedish proverb

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That which is lacking in the present world is a profound knowledge of the nature of things.
—Frithjof Schuon

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Mother Issues

A lot of guys I know who struggle with their self-confidence had a controlling or domineering mother. This can be a problem that affects our adult relationships with women even if we only have minimal contact with our mothers now. Your mother’s influence over you as a child can continue well into adulthood and even past her death. Read the rest of this entry »


Courage through Vulnerability

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more “manhood” to abide by thought out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.
—Alex Karras

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We Don’t Crawl Before Anyone

Before we encounter the 9th Step Promises in the process of recovery, there is an important declaration: As God’s children we stand on our feet; we don’t crawl before anyone. I have always believed the Promises begin with this sentence. Why? Because in our sobriety men are vulnerable to hiding the shame of our behavior while active in our addictions in numerous unhealthy ways. In fact, shame seems to be at the heart of many of our worst secrets and our worst behaviors. Read the rest of this entry »


Painful Necessity

    Suffering is a journey, which has an end.

— Matthew Fox

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Posted by on 2012/07/22 in Male-Focused, Touchstones