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Billingsley’s Bullets: Know when to shut up

In a relationship, the timing of what you say may be at least as important as what you say. For example, right after your spouse drops and breaks her/his favorite coffee cup is not a good time to say, “You need to be more careful in the morning,” or “You have too many cups anyway. […]

1 Comment / February 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Little acts have big results

Happy relationships are loaded with lots of little acts of kindness and love. The little things add up to big appreciation and tenderness. Without little acts of love and affection, a relationship dies a slow, deliberate, non-emotional death. • These important little acts start when you wake up. What is your attitude about facing a […]

Comments Off / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Be like Grandma

The Buddhists recommend that we have a “grandmother mind.” They describe this mind as patient, loving and filled with passion. I like this recommendation. • The grandmother I knew was very protective, always encouraging and quick to forgive my mistakes. When everyone else was quick to condemn or criticize, my grandmother would teach me life […]

Comments Off / January 08, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Keeping hate alive is stupid

I believe that unique holiday presents are often better than any material gift you give or receive. Giving up hate you have for someone would be a great gift to the one you hate and for yourself, too. • When you hate someone, he/she knows it and it bothers and upsets him/her. He/she may say, […]

1 Comment / December 23, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Intentions can change your life

In his book “Real Magic,” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer states, “The secret to changing your life is your intentions. Wishing, hoping and goal setting cannot accomplish change without intention.” Intention is not wishful thinking; it has purpose and goals in mind. • Before you make important decisions, it pays to carefully examine your intentions. Big […]

Comments Off / December 15, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Little blessings create big joy

My granddaughter, Rebecca, called me recently and said, “Papa, I’m in trouble.” It sounded like she had been crying or was about to cry. Like many grandparents, my first reaction was, “Oh my God, what’s going on?” I felt immediately relieved when she told me she had locked her keys in her car. She had […]

Comments Off / November 26, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Should I see a marriage counselor?

Recently our neighbors, Wendy and Paul Chafer, were invited to join us for some conversation and treats. We landed on a discussion about what we would do if our spouses died. Wendy asked Monika how she would handle me being gone. Monika replied, “I would replace him with a miniature French poodle.” Paul and Wendy […]

Comments Off / November 12, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »