Protect Yourself!

It’s a myth that we only use 10% of our brain power but  over 65% of people believe we that we have much more intelligence to use.  Functional MRI studies indicate, however, that our brains are active, even when we are resting or sleeping. Even though we may be using a great deal of our brain’s capacity, that does not mean we are using all its capability. So, it is with our emotional intelligence. We know we have feelings, many...

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Seeing the Good

I’ve been taking a new workout class at my neighborhood gym that focuses on dynamic stretching and fits one of the five categories of fitness, which is flexibility. It’s an excellent class, taught by two different instructors who take distinctive approaches to how they lead the class. The first, who we’ll call Susan, focuses on the mind-body connection of the movement. She might say: “Feel your shoulders stretching and notice how far theycan move upwards, now move them downwards andfeel...

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Writing Resilient Wednesdays

I’ve been writing consistently for ten years and in my current iteration, Absolute Citrin, my Resilient Wednesdays and regular blog posts appear. I’m proud of my writing improvement over those years. After a few years of reading my blog, one colleague told me that she was so pleased that “I found my voice.”Recently I purchased the app “Grammarly” at the suggestion of a friend, and it has helped me clean up my writing. I obviously did not pay attention to...

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The Great Resignation: Have we Reached the High Water Mark

Last week’s Sunday New York Times posted a picture across the front of the Business section showing 2 young women celebrating their quitting their jobs with an exclamation mark of champagne flutes and rollicking laughter. It struck me as a high-water mark for the Great Resignation. Like the drunken parties of the boom times of the late 1920s or dot com fantasies of the late 1990s or the heady days of unleveraged home ownership of 2008, all good things come...

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Is the Doctor In?

The nurse finished her initial assessment and told me that the resident would be in to see me first before the faculty doctor would join us. In a few minutes the resident bounded into the examining room with a welcoming “Hey Richard, what’s going on?” Catching a glimpse of his name tag, I responded, “Hey Jesse, not too much, what happening for you?” Thus began another interaction with modern healthcare. There is a part of me that likes the casual...

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Survival of the Fittest Nurtured

I’ve been very optimistic, over these past 10 months, about how our resilience will carry us through the adversities of the pandemic, the racial justice and equity movement, and our recent election. Now that we’re “through” 2020, many have thought that things will automatically get better. That may not, automatically, be the case. I expect that the economy will zoom back to life, probably in the second and certainly the 3rd quarter as we create a “community immunity” (we’re not cattle,...

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