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Dangerous Curve

Life Crises

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I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.

— Martha Beck

Have you ever had one of those years where nothing seems to go your way?  How about a couple of years… or a decade?  Here at, we believe in resilience.  We believe that everyone has the potential to be happy.  We also know that sometimes the troubles keep coming, one after the other, for an extended period of time.

For us, that’s what resilience is all about.  It’s about knowing how to get through the tough times by making the choices that help us to keep going.  Choices that include: Continue reading » Life Crises

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

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How do you carry on in the face of adversity?

Keep your cool, stay calm – that would be the first order of business!  A few days ago the Huffington wrote:

There’s no escaping the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. From [amazon-product text=”coffee mugs” type=”text”]B004TN85OC[/amazon-product], to bandaids and now memes, the British slogan is simply everywhere. Perfectly, it captures the stiff upper lip culture from across the pond, which has inevitably made its way stateside. For those who’ve wondered where the devil the poster first came from, here’s a YouTube video to unravel the mystery of the iconic poster for you.

BTW, that Brit store, Barter Books (featured in the YouTube video) looks like a really neat place – I’m putting it on my “someday” list… but that’s another post… right now I need to focus on “carrying on”.

Have you been hearing lots of No, No, No’s? Continue reading » 5 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On


Happy New Year! – Again

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You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.

— CS Lewis

I’ve decided to start 2012 over again.  January was the pits and I had great expectations for 2012, so I’ve decided that as of today, February 1st I’m starting over.  It’s the only way I know to get a do-over.

January was a sad month.  Between friends, family and co-workers we lost five people.  It seemed like I was always signing condolence cards.  These things happen.  But, I don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a January hangover, so I’m declaring February 1st my New Year.

Sad Times

In Happily Flourishing I said that since I was getting soooo old I needed to focus on being healthier and happier now.  What I said in my first post this year is still true today.  Every day I get a little older.  From now on, I intend to get healthier, happier, and older (I can’t stop that one) every day.

What stopped me last month?  Sadness.  Losing people is a sad process.  And I will still miss the ones I knew and empathize with the people I know who also lost someone.  But, I will focus on remembering the good times.  I am sad that my friends and family are no longer here, but I am grateful for the blessings they gave me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good cry now and again.  But I still must learn to keep going.  As we get older, we either learn how to grieve in a healthy way or we give up.  It’s just that simple – and just that hard.

I have a bad habit of anticipating… not so much the good things, but the other losses that will inevitably come.  When it gets away from me, I become unable to move – as if by staying still I can halt the passage of time and stop anything from changing.  Since I can’t stop change, I must cherish what I have today.  And to really cherish today, I need to be healthier and happier while I am here.

Here’s to a Healthier, Happier 2012

So, I’m starting over.  Sometimes, that feels like going backward but in this case, it’s a positive step forward.

I hope your January was better than mine.  But no matter, let’s get back up on the horse together and get moving.  If we stop, we quit and I’M NOT READY TO QUIT just yet.


If You Had the Chance…

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Chasing too many objectives?  Feeling flummoxed?

Emanating from the TV I heard this question:

“If you had the chance to walk the Oscar’s red carpet, how would you get ready?”

That’s when this thought-thread wormed its way into my consciousness: What do people do to get ready to walk the red carpet? Continue reading » If You Had the Chance…


Bouncing Back Through Contributing

We’re taking Thanksgiving week off, so we’ve selected some appropriate posts from the archives to re-publish this week.  We hope you enjoy them.

Ask anyone from the Greatest Generation and they will tell you, WWII was a team effort. People sacrificed. They bought war bonds. Women worked in factories – something they had never done before. People planted victory gardens. There was focus on what everyone could do to contribute. I wanted to be part of our current effort – not so much as a strike against an enemy, but as a supportive action for our military personnel.

About a year ago, there was an article on the front page of the online Washington Post about women who felt they needed to do more to support our troops in their efforts to fight terrorism. The women clip coupons. You know, the coupons that come in the mail, or in the Sunday newspaper. One of the members of the Book Club is Continue reading » Bouncing Back Through Contributing