Stories written by Patricia Frank

Breaking Up Breaking Down


Some things just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly or coffee and cream and breaking up and breaking down. If there was a list of emotionally painful events, breaking up would surely be on it. Breaking up can cause you to break down initially. Even if you are the one who instigated […]

Atlas and You

 There is a well-known, massive, bronze statue in Rockefeller center, 45 feet tall weighing 7 tons, of the Greek god Atlas. The Titan god Atlas is a famous figure from Greek mythology. He led the war against the Olympic gods and lost. He was condemned to carry the world on his shoulders, as punishment, for […]

As Slow as Molasses

Have you ever heard the expression, “as slow as molasses” or as “slow as molasses in January”? Molasses is a thick, sweet, sticky syrup. It is very viscous and it flows very slowly in the cold. There may be times in your life when you feel that things are moving too slowly. Some or all […]

Rewards and Punishments in Life

It is the nature of human beings to try to understand the world around them. They want to understand why some people lead a charmed life while others lead a life of suffering. While it is true that there are many possible explanations, it does not mean that they are the only explanations. Whichever belief […]

Float through your Life

There is a very basic human response to threatening situations. It is called the Fight or Flight Syndrome. It is a survival instinct to protect yourself either by standing and fighting or fleeing and running away. It requires an instantaneous decision and that decision determines the outcome. As human beings develop and become more sophisticated […]

The Tip of the Iceberg

An iceberg refers to the part that has broken off from the main ice pack and is floating freely and independently in the water. The visible part of the iceberg is only the tip. The largest, heaviest, strongest and main part is submerged below the surface. It is the submerged part that is the most […]

Operation Postcard

A famous philosopher, known for his wisdom and advice, said it very simply, “Know thyself.” Let’s add to that statement and say know thyself and know what you need and want and what will make you happy. There are several techniques that you can use to learn more about yourself and your relationships. I created […]

It hurts when the caring stops

It hurts when you find out that someone you care about stops caring about you. It is disappointing, upsetting and startling, to say the least. It is normal to have expectations that their feelings will remain the same towards you. It is normal to make assumptions about the nature of their feelings and about the […]

Beware of Unhealthy Salads

Salads are considered very healthy. They are very versatile and usually contain a mixture of different ingredients; lettuce, vegetables, pastas, rice, nuts, meats, eggs and fruit are just a few of the more common combinations. You can incorporate just about anything in a salad. They are tasty and satisfying. You can even add dressing to […]

Human Sponges

Sponges come in several varieties. Some are natural and come from the sea. They are usually large and soft with tremendous capacity and absorbency. Others are synthetic. They come in different sizes with different degrees of absorbency. Human beings share some of the same characteristics the sponge possesses. They are capable of absorbing and soaking- […]

Expectations, Assumptions and Disappointments

When you feel let down it is often because you had expectations and made assumptions about your relationships and your situations, which is normal. When you feel let down you have options about how you will react. You might get upset or angry. You might feel hurt. You might fume and seethe and declare, “It’s […]

Translate to Triumph


If you find yourself thinking or speaking any of the following phrases, you might want to cut this out and put it in a prominent place. This list will help you translate some of your common expressions into a different language. It will be a new language that you are going to create for yourself. […]

On Again Off Again


Some relationships can be like the weather. Many days the sun or the rain are on again and off again. This is tolerable in the weather but not tolerable in healthy relationships. Feelings with loved ones, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and the boss can fluctuate widely and wildly. This is not a good forecast for a […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Patricia C. Frank

Worry is one of the most debilitating things that you can do to yourself. It affects you physically as well as mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Worrying about things doesn’t solve them and doesn’t make them better. Taken to its extreme you might find yourself suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by uncontrollable […]

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