The Luck of the Nobel Laureates

While on holiday in Stockholm, we visited the Nobel Museum just off the main street in the Old District of town. It is a small museum filled with stories and artifacts from the greatest minds of the past 111 years. In one room ran a constant stream of videos from different Nobel winners describing their work and their award. While there were many similarities to what many of them said such as having a visionary ideal, or being dedicated and...

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The Art of Relaxation

We’re on our summer holiday that includes a weeklong cruise along the Norwegian Fjords. Our first day, which was a “sea day” meant that we would be going from port to port without any stops and the only activities to engage in were those on the ship. For me, that meant a day of ease. I knew I was in the right place when the notice to hang on the door didn’t say “Do Not Disturb” but instead stated “Still...

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The Ritual of Refirement

I like to say that when we are resilient, we move through life with more grace and ease. One of the tools that help us achieve that quality is ritual and we use them to help us with everything from our morning habits to our mourning customs. My friend Lynn retired from the University and is moving into a new work setting for herself. She asked for help in creating a ritual to solidify that transition and my wife and...

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Challenge Vs. Hindrance Stressors: One is Good, One is Bad

A friend of mine recently left her sales position with a Fortune 500 company after spending 15 years with them. When I asked her why she left, she told me it was all the stress she was under. I inquired further whether it was the challenge of dealing with customers, the difficulties of closing deals, or having to constantly learn about new products. None of that, she told me. In fact, she loved that part of her work. The real...

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