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Resilient Means Taking Care of You

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our heads that resilient people are never down, never sad, always up for a challenge, and capable of leading the rest of us out of our funk into the sunshine.  If that’s the definition of resilient, it ain’t me.

Although there are people who seem to always be up, we need to remember that some people are just blessed with a sunny disposition – dang them!  One of my good friends is like that.  Very seldom is she down or even subdued.  This is good and bad.  There are times when I would like to Continue reading » Resilient Means Taking Care of You


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

Double Jeopardy

Talking to Ourselves

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The words that we carry in our minds are able to change any moment.

— John Ortberg

Everything I have ever done has been in spite of my view of myself.  Over time, I’ve learned that by putting the right words in my mind, I can greatly increase my flexibility and creativity.  I can improve my view of myself, at least temporarily.

Many years ago, when I was working for Big Business, my manager announced Continue reading » Talking to Ourselves

standing room only

Standing Room Only… So???

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How do you define yourself?

While I was assigned to the space shuttle program, my job included ordering supplies. One of the engineers requested a new dictionary. Following regulations, I asked him why he needed it. I expected his answer to be “My old copy is lost” or “The cover is falling off.” Instead he said, “My current edition defines spaceship as an imaginary aircraft.’”  He got his new dictionary.

— Thomas Ellsworth
as told to Reader’s Digest

There was a time – not too long ago – when I told people (and myself) “I don’t do standing-room-only.”  Yet just this Sunday I found myself standing because there were no seats available. (I’m still not sure why the 10:30 AM Mass was so crowded, it wasn’t Easter and it wasn’t Christmas but it was standing room only!) Anyway… As I stood there, I realized Continue reading » Standing Room Only… So???

1 of 8 Girl dances at water's edge on Morro Strand State Beach

What’s NOT Being Said

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What if you’re only telling yourself the negative side of the story?

Every waking moment we talk to ourselves about the things we experience. Our self-talk, the thoughts we communicate to ourselves, in turn controls the way we feel and act.

— John Lembo

When I saw the photo that tops this post I thought: I want to feel like that!  Powerful, exuberant, graceful, flexible, free.  But I don’t.  I’m beginning to realize that there’s something more I need to say to myself… there are some missing messages in my self-talk.

And while I was wishing I felt like the woman in the photo, I also remembered when, not too very long ago, PattiAnn gave me feedback about my post, I Want to Choose Easy – she said Continue reading » What’s NOT Being Said