Archive | Perspective

Feeling stuck? Here’s something to help you see the forest instead of the trees

You may have had this happen to you.Lost In The Woods

You decide to join the Bounce community – and get a great ebook in the process – so you fill out the little form on the right that asks for your first name and email.

Not only do you receive the ebook, Bounce Back! 5 keys to survive and thrive through life’s ups and downs, you inevitably get an email from me asking you to share the biggest struggle you’re facing right now.

I get a variety of responses:

  • Health problems
  • Financial pressures
  • Worry about children and family
  • Indecision about career issues
  • Struggles with mental and emotional health
  • Relationship problems
  • Lack of self-worth, self-confidence, self-compassion
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Dealing with past abuse
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one

I answer all my email and always try to help in whatever small way I can.

Since there are zillions of different struggles that we all face, there are lots of suggestions that I make.

But I find myself asking the writer one question again and again: (more…)

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Tunnel vision? 5 ideas to help you see the light

I am the Queen of Tunnel Vision. Case #1: I want to find a branch of my bank near where I’m running errands, so I pull into the parking lot of a small shopping mall and consult my smartphone. It gives me an address that seems very close. I pull out onto the street, make […]

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How to unhook from negative thoughts

Which of the following sounds better to you? A. “I go to this job because there’s no way anyone would hire me somewhere else.” B. “I go to this job so I don’t have to put up with my husband hassling me about money all the time.” C. “I go to this job because it […]

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Resilience: "Sometimes life hands you a new normal."

I asked Rebecca Phillips to follow up on my last post by telling her own story of the day that forever changed her life.  The crash                                                                    Twelve years ago, I thought my life was over.  Certainly, life as I had known it was over.  What had befallen my family was worse than any tragedy I […]

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Tragedy, grief, love and joy

A tale of tragedy, grief, love and joy told in snippets.   Facebook post, February 26, 2011 On this day in 1944, my young parents were married. After Dad came home from the war, they were rarely apart. My parents held hands and danced in the kitchen. They approached life with a healthy dose of humor […]

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Being in the moment: Your skein of days

It is good to have friends who are poets. This is what I told my friend, Eric, after I read a recent email he sent me. Eric is 46 and has had his share of adversity in the last decade, including open heart surgery when he was 39. We have often talked about the importance […]

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5 ways to be okay with where you are

After my last blog post, my friend Susan wrote and said, “I liked what you had to say, but what about the corollary of ‘I don’t care where I am, I just don’t want to be here’?” She went on to say that she had gone dancing that night – an activity she usually loves […]

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I'm never lost, I just don't know where I am

The other day I was listening to a radio show on travel. The guest was talking about his career as a travel journalist and the pros and cons of travelling alone. When it came time for listener comments, a man called in and said, “My motto is, ‘I’m never lost, I just don’t know where […]

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