Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth with Good Things, Gratitude and Joy

Whether you’re planting a garden or rebuilding a life, you’ll be more effective by using the right tool at the right time. Herb garden on a windowsill? You could poke holes in the soil with a pencil. Bulbs for next spring? A small trowel would do the trick. When it’s. . . .

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Resilience to Try and Fall and Get Back Up Again

I was in my kayak on the bay when the yearning started, the instant a guy glided past me on his standup paddle board. Like a gondolier on a surfboard. I had to learn to SUP. Immediately. In less than 3.2 seconds, my brain was overloaded with reasons why I’d be a. . . .

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Calmer Than the Storm

It wasn’t even a real hurricane. Despite 80 mile per hour winds, it was barely a Category 1. On a five point scale. But when it landed perpendicular to shore, during a higher than usual full moon high tide, with Category 3 pressure, post-tropical cyclone Sandy changed conversations – and. . . .

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Four Keys to Getting Unstuck

I was in no mood to stand on my front step in the cold, trying to figure out how to get into my house. I had the key, but the door was stuck. The bottom lock turned, but the door wouldn’t budge as if the deadbolt had been flipped. I. . . .

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Looking Back & Looking Forward

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan   I love that moment when the bells ring, the ball drops and everyone wishes both loved ones and strangers a Happy New Year. Clean. . . .

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How to Slay the Dragon, Even When You Want to Quit

I was ready to quit yesterday. Halfway through month five of a 6-month project. Not the project itself, but the thing the project is supposed to lead me toward. Like I was at mile 20 of a 26.2-mile marathon, ready to quit running the morning after the race. Right on. . . .

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Resilient Day

I thought it was the worst part of my day when the squirrel scratching on the porch roof made it difficult to concentrate on drafting the blog post about resiliency. Until the less-than-sweet odor confirmed it wasn’t a squirrel and it definitely was not on the roof. I caught wind. . . .

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