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Resilience and Crisis

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If you don’t have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can’t expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.

— Doug Copeland

All adversities are not created equal.

There are days when nothing really big happens, but lots of little stuff seems to get you down.

  • Your keys aren’t where they should be.
  • You have to drive back by the house to make sure that you closed the garage door.
  • Traffic is bad and you’re late to work.
  • In a meeting, you ask what seems to you to be a reasonable question and get a curt answer implying you should have known the answer.
  • On top of all that, you’re feeling out of sorts and less than grateful for your life and your job and you feel guilty about your lack of gratitude.

You might call these Continue reading » Resilience and Crisis

Charlie Brown: Sunburned Charlie

Practice, Practice, Practice

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If you do a practice and train your attention to hover in the present, then you will build the internal capacity to do that as needed – at will and voluntarily.

— Daniel Goleman

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that it is possible to feel hopeful, grateful, and happy.  The bad news is that it doesn’t just happen.

It turns out that even something as basic as hope is not just a feeling.  It is a thought process.  And, maybe, just maybe, the reason that we – as a people – have lost our faith in goodness and life is directly linked to the “stuff” we listen to/watch/read during the day.

Let me be very clear.  I am not blaming the media.  They have become what we pay them to be.  They find the dirt and they report it.  “If it bleeds, it leads” didn’t start with them.  It started with us declaring some Continue reading » Practice, Practice, Practice

Ghostbusters Patch

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

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Who ya gonna call?

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

— Margaret Mead

Hopefully GhostBusters isn’t the only resource you can count on during a crisis.  But do you know who will show up in a pinch?  Or are you simply hoping there’ll be someone there when you need them? If you’re feeling a little distracted by my questions then here are a couple of resources that will help you focus:

  1. FunQuizCards.com provides a quick and easy questionnaire: Can You Count on Your Friends Quiz.
  2. Or, perhaps it takes an emergency to get you focused?  If that’s the case, FEMA.gov publishes a Facilitator Guide that’s sure to laser-hone your thinking with these two questions: “Who can you count on?” And, “Who counts on you?”

I’m betting that those two resources will ready you to make a Continue reading » I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

Arigato from Japan Earthquake Victims

The Gifts We Take for Granted

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you,” it will be enough.

— Meister Eckhart

Tomorrow, what would you do if the only people and things that showed up in your life were those for which you’d been grateful?

What would be left?

Who would still be around?

Would you still have that job you hate so much?

What about the yappy dog… or the noisy kids from across the street… or your car that sounds like it’s on its last legs?

How would you feel without the Continue reading » The Gifts We Take for Granted

Mourning

Healing Kindness

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A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

— Joseph Joubert

Where I grew up, a good old fashioned Catholic wake was the norm.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tradition, a wake usually consisted of the presence of the casket in a viewing room; a kneeler in front of the casket so prayers could be said, a short conversation of condolence with family members and a Rosary led by a priest.  If the person hadn’t died in an awful accident leaving them unfit to be seen, the casket was open.

I’m sure that this tradition probably evolved from the older tradition of Continue reading » Healing Kindness

Cup o’ Inspiration

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Take a short break and consider the following:

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

Martha Beck

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