Be a Second Responder

Back in February I wrote about the car accident I was in when someone broadsided and totaled my car. I mentioned about how quickly the police and fire fighters were on the scene and how they checked me out for any physical damage. While not having any physical hurt, I was very upset about the accident and as I became frustrated, one of the officers screamed at me to “relax and calm down.” I knew that his approach was not...

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Honoring 2020

I know what you are thinking! “Why would I want to honor 2020? I want my memories of 2020 to go away. We are still 79 days away from 2021 and we might be facing the toughest part of this incredibly challenging year over those next few weeks!!” The notion of honoring this year is about creating a ritual by which we can begin the process of moving through the challenges that we’ve faced and to get onto something new....

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“Two Broken Wrists!”

I was catching up with my nephew the other day when he mentioned that his pre-teen daughter had broken both her wrists over the summer. “What,” I inquired, “How did that happen?” He told me that she fell off her scooter playing in the yard and when she went to break her fall, she fell awkwardly and “boom”, 2 broken wrists. He told me it was a challenging summer for her but one of the good things that happened is...

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Finding Peace in the Whirlwind

“The world is divided into people who think they are right.” Last week’s Resilient Wednesday received a lot of reader mail regarding The Notorious RBG and AGS, which is representative of the tension and frustration many people are experiencing as we are dealing with the effects of the Pandemic, issues around racial justice, and the upcoming election. If resilience is going to have a place in alleviating these anxieties and worries, we need more strategies to help us both cope...

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The Notorious RBG and AGS

When Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was writing the majority opinion striking down the Virginia Military Academy’s ban on admitting women, Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia showed her his scathing dissent which she described it as being “a zinger, filled with distaining footnotes.” She later wrote how much she appreciated his critique of her point of view as it helped her improve her final draft. In the heat of the political madness, the oasis of perspective provided by the stories...

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Feeling Crazy? Ground Yourself

I’ve been talking with a lot of folks who just feel plain crazy! Of course, they describe the disruptions they are experiencing due to Covid-19 or the social unrest related to Black Lives Matter and the upcoming election as the obvious causes of their emotional lability. I often wind up reassuring people that their confusion is justified, “righteous confusion”, I tell them is a fair way to be in the world these days. In last week’s Resilient Wednesday on Overcoming...

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