About TR Wise

How did a guy with an Agricultural Diploma from the University of Guelph get interested in Emotional Wellness writing? From living life, sort of. Did you ever get that feeling like something was wrong with your life, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it? Or you have a glaring problem like depression, alcoholism, anger, anxiety, feeling worthless, bullying or victim mentality, feelings of shame or guilt. The good news is that you can overcome this!! It is an extensive study – Janice Berger’s book called Emotional Fitness, that is – but well worth the time. How much better would couples relate if they understood why they get annoyed ? How much better would socializing be if we took responsibility for our emotional wholeness? What if we understood the underpinnings of bullying and other forms of violence, and how to deal with those? Let’s journey together to create a societal language for these issues, and change the world. Please know that I care about you and want you to be able to optimize your ability to live effectively.

I plan to use the funds created by this project to pursue my heart felt interest in international development.

Kind Regards, Tim

Why emotional wellness?

Why Emotional Wellness?

Our need for emotional wellness may be greater than we initially realize. What is the underlying cause of drunkenness which causes so much grief to families and costs us so much, in the courts and hospital system? What is the cause of shootings (power over behavior)? In Canada we have spent over 1,000 million dollars on the gun registry and the carnage continues. Apparently trying to control (another power tactic) guns is not working. What of the robberies (invasion of your privacy) that are driven by the need for funds to buy drugs? What is the underlying cause of drug use?

Estimates say that health care, legal costs and lost productivity caused by alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use in the US alone, costs approximately $559 billion per year. See


. So what is the value of an emotional education?

After much study and reflection, I believe that emotional issues are part of the cause of many of these societal ills. What we commonly do is to try putting a band aid on the issue (why didn’t the gruesome pictures on cigarette boxes effectively curb their use?), rather than addressing the underlying issues. Not that these measures are totally ineffective, but other approaches deserve exploration. I believe there are other avenues or angles from which these issues could be addressed.

My literary work is an attempt to generate a dialogue and language surrounding emotional wellness. This will allow us to speak into the lives of people we know and love, in order to help them get over their emotionally driven behaviors. These behaviors include drug abuse, alcoholism, bullying (shootings), self harm, anger, road rage, sarcasm, shyness, all types of addictions and obsessions, sexual issues, affairs and blaming to name a few.

Phrases and words like responsibility, feeling through (which requires great courage), emotional journal, time line, unmet need, driven behavior, powerlessness, worthlessness, hurt, shame and guilt would be common conversational topics at the office, water cooler and at family dinner tables.

I look forward to our dialogue and the positive outcomes that will result.


Why emotional wellness?

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

I hope 2013 is a year filled with health, happiness and excellent relationships.

How much of our lives is really about positively relating with others? When things at work or home are not going well, what is that generally about? Is it about an inability, physically or mentally, to do our work or tasks (in some cases this may be true)? Or is this negative situation to do with our ability to relate to our family or co-workers?

Some of this inability to get along has it’s roots in different personal management styles (you can study a book on DISC for this), and some may be to do with emotional issues.

My wish for you, your family and associates is that 2013 will be a year of personal development resulting in better outcomes, in a number of different avenues of life.

Kind Regards,


The author who cares!


New Years Resolutions

Loneliness and Christmas

Christmas can be a very lonely time. A time we just say “I feel lonely” or “I’m lonely”.

The good news is that by some education, searching our past, the act of feeling through and some reaching out at the appropriate time, we can reduce or eliminate loneliness. The lonely adult life has it’s roots in our childhood. We all know that as adults, it is possible to be in a large crowd feeling lonely or be in solitude and feel very content.

What circumstances in childhood make us feel lonely? 1. A lonely, hurtful childhood 2. Neglect or abuse when we were children. 3. Our feelings were not heard or accepted when we were children 4. Being emotionally unavailable to our children leaves them feeling lonely 5. Teenagers who are abandoned by parents who are trying to work through their own pain and who think we should take care of ourselves. 6. When we are subject to rigid sets of rules by parents, to avoid engagement. Any of these look familiar? Be honest. This is not about dissing our parents, it’s about our personal experience.

Children cannot feel their loneliness without help, so they may push down or suppress these hurtful emotions. As adults, our unconscious self directs us to feel over and over what is so familiar from our past – we can get stuck reenacting our childhood. It is possible to arrange our present life to keep ourselves so lonely. We may create imaginary friends, sexually fantasize, read romance novels, act out or withdraw deep inside. We may find ourselves subject to media that uses the “achey-breaky” notions to sell/promote products and services, like lonely songs. We may erect a wall to make it difficult for others to get close or we may flood our friends with our need, driving them away. We may play music loudly (good for reducing pain – this is not a recommendation) and incessantly or blame others for our loneliness. Even the travel industry may have capitalized with the lonely planet!!

So what to do about being lonely? Parents can take responsibility to spend meaningful time with their children. We can reconnect with old friends using many means, including Facebook. We could get involved in a club with like minded people.

It is very important to understand that feelings of loneliness are our natural emotional healing power trying to get our attention – so be encouraged, your amazing natural emotional systems are just communicating with you! We need to understand that lonely people have the roots of their feelings in childhood. Journal writing about our feelings and past would be very beneficial to help connect our present emotions and past events; this will help us to effectively feel through and integrate the loneliness into the tapestry of our life experience.

It is helpful to know that as a society we have discounted the feelings of loneliness in childhood, yet by following these few simple and difficult guidelines, we can achieve more independence yet closer relationships, along with a positive freedom within. How did we feel when we were removed from oiur mothers at birth? The way to move beyond even intense feelings of loneliness is to feel them – causing them to dissipate. We will not be overwhelmed by these feelings – our emotional system is our colleague – as long as we are not in a large group setting which uses blasting us open to our big feelings as its modus operandi.

A lonely quote – “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa

More here:
Loneliness and Christmas

Getting along at Christmas time

I heard it said that the best topic to write about is people’s personal demons. But what is a demon? Is it that little internal nudge that makes you do what you don’t want or stops you from doing what you should? Maybe it’s that anger or drinking problem? Whatever

pet peeve

it is, it causes you to do something or feel negative. Well, guess what? There’s a solution.

Many of these issues have their genesis in our emotional pools or reserves, which we gained in childhood. This is an extensive though not unfathomable study, one which many could benefit from. An example would be an unmet need from childhood, like attention from one’s parents, which causes us to get angry as adults when we are ignored in some way – could be someone who cuts us off in traffic or texts while talking to us. Whatever the trigger, our negative response comes from the pool of emotion we gained as kids when our folks did not pay attention to us – this may be true or may have been our perception.

But what can we do about it? Feel through the emotion from your childhood and the negative emotional response we are having in adulthood will subside. Wow!! Easy to say but hard to do. We may need the help of a therapist to help us make the connections between our adult issues and the childhood experiences that are at the root of these disconnected behaviors.

Janice Berger has been doing this work for over 25 years and has helped many people to emotional wellness. She has authored an excellent book on the topic which I found very insightful.

Getting along at Christmas time

Introduction to Emotional Wellness

Hey Fellow Travelers,

In the course of our daily lives we are privileged to see the immense complexity of an amazing world, as well as the results of unresolved issues in the form of bad behavior, for lack of a better term, in people. What are we to make of this? What steps can we take to make life/relationships work better?

After 25 years as a counselor, Janice Berger has unveiled some startling observations about how we can improve our emotional lives – the drivers for drunkenness, drug abuse, gambling, bullying and a bunch of activities that make life less than what it could be. Want to improve your life and the world’s outcomes?
Take a look and take a journey. A journey of understanding, a journey requiring great courage, a journey to a better future.


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Introduction to Emotional Wellness

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