Today, I started thinking about who we were as infants and the impact of time and life on our well-being. It’s the layers of criticisms, lessons, memories (good and bad) that start weighing on us. Like a perfect stone weighed down with years of sediment or a beautiful painting undiscovered because it is covered in dust.

Maybe our purpose in life is to take a duster and remove all those layers (shame, insecurities, etc.) that appear to be us, but in reality are other people’s stuff. Maybe we are supposed to find exactly who we are by getting back to who we were before disappointments, fear and judgments impacted us. What do you think? I think it’s something worth pondering this week.

Speaking of which, here is another fine, round-up of best blogs to peruse-starting with a Happy Anniversary post to and for Mental Health Humor blogger Chato B. Stewart. Enjoy!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Mental Health Humor Blogging at Psych Central

(Mental Health Humor) – Happy Anniversary Chato B. Stewart! He’s made us laugh and cry and learn something new. Read what a year of blogging and cartooning has brought for our Mental Health Humor blogger.

Guideposts to Happiness

(The Inevitable Price of Love) – The fear of abandonment, the loss associated with the grief over a loved one is so heartbreaking that many of us will avoid it at all costs. Yet, instead of being either too attached to our loss or avoiding intimacy, this post asks us to have the courage to both love and let go.

Change Your Thoughts and Free Your Soul: CBT and the Wisdom of the Ages

(The Therapist Within) – If your thoughts can shape your life, then what are you thinking about? A post that may inspire a deeper understanding of the relationship between your thoughts and the way you perceive the world.

Begin to Flourish by Living More Intentionally

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Are you living your life aimlessly? This is a how-to on helping you live life with purpose and intention.

Relationship Rituals Strengthen Family Ties

(Family Mental Health) – Your probably already doing it, but don’t know it. What is it? All the mundane daily family rituals that help you bond as a family.