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Where you lead, I will follow

Be Where You Are… And Move On

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If you are in transition – if you’ve lost a job, your sense of self, a loved one, a home, a way of life, a physical capability, a friend or simply the wherewithal to do what you always thought you’d be able to do – do you sometimes find yourself wishing things were “the way they were?”

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f— on.

— Tupac Shakur

Today I participated in a workshop. Many of the people at the event can no longer lay claim to the life they used to have… For them, things have changed drastically and they’ve been thrust into searching for work in a world that ain’t what it used to be…

The keynote speaker’s remarks struck a chord with me. He reminded us that Continue reading » Be Where You Are… And Move On

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Never Satisfied

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I get really upset seeing my friends who are mums crying because they feel like they’re not good enough. Clever, confident, kind young women all going, “I’m ruining my child’s life.”

— Daisy Donovan

Why is it that we always want the gift that someone else received?

I’m not talking about birthday or Christmas presents.  I’m talking about the talents with which we have been blessed.  There are so many talents that we see in someone else that we want.  It seems that we’re never satisfied.

What made me think of this is an essay, The Juice Box Mom, posted on This I Believe .  In it, Candance Gordon writes: Continue reading » Never Satisfied

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Growing Up Means Figuring Out How to Do the Hard Stuff

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It’s so curious:  one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief.  But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.

— Colette

Last week, one of the women at work lost her 93 year old grandmother.  It wasn’t entirely unexpected and they had been very close since my friend was a little girl.  Expected or not, when someone we care about dies, it is always difficult.

Sending a sympathy card or note is what we do when a friend suffers a loss.  That’s why Hallmark was invented, to help us say what we don’t know how to say ourselves.  When a friend loses someone close to them, we instinctively want to provide comfort.  For me, what I want is to Continue reading » Growing Up Means Figuring Out How to Do the Hard Stuff

Such Is the Power of Hopeful, Hardy Resilience

This has been a week to honor Ellie’s loss and to try to find a way to cope as we go through the mourning process.  Although we were concerned that this could be such a sad week that you would never return, we also knew that each and every one of you will face major losses in your life, if not now, then “someday”.  If this week’s posts don’t connect for you now, at least they will be here when you do need them.

Continue reading » Such Is the Power of Hopeful, Hardy Resilience