My friend, Donna Wheatcroft offers this summary of Linda Kavelin Popov’s book, A Pace of Grace: The Virtues of a Sustainable Life. Overview: Fifty years after surviving Bulbar Polio at the age of 11, Linda Kavelin Popov was diagnosed with Post-Polio Sequelae, an oppressive fatigue that left her bed-ridden, even robbing her of her breath. […]
gratitude, appreciation, self-talk, compassion, strengths
In 2000, along with my daughter Kelly, I self-published the book Love Her As She Is: Lessons from a Daughter Stolen by Addictions. It was featured in a CBC television documentary and is recommended as a valuable resource for all parents and mental health professionals. Our story, and the 14 ways to love unconditionally with clear boundaries, give testament […]
The Oxford dictionary’s definition of value is The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. While I provide a list of values in this article, only you can decide what is important in your life; what you find useful and deserving. Although intellectually I know it is important […]
I was blown away when I attended a pricey, Rah! Rah! event led by well-known motivational speaker, Tony Robbins. I had long admired his books including, Unlimited Power:The New Science of Personal Achievement. I imagined the experience might deepen my work in strengthening emotional resilience. And after all, Oprah Winfrey had attended one of his seminars so […]
Do you have people in your circle who sap your oomph with their unconscious and conscious commitment to moaning, complaining or criticizing? You end up dealing with a first rate grouch. Although, I typically avoid name calling, let’s for the sake of efficient language, call them grouches in honor of Sesame Street’s awareness work through […]
American writer, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in the farming town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Although she never married, she wrote love poems among her collection. Due to health issues, at an early age, she became a recluse who dressed only in white, locked herself in her room for days and gave meaning to her life […]
First help your staff or volunteers to discover their strengths. Strengths are talents, skills and knowledge that enable us to effectively complete certain activities.
Sometimes life stinks. We suddenly discover that we’ve been drifting in a leaky boat that finally goes under. No matter how competent we are events external to our locus of control destroys what is important to us. Multiple adversities make crumbling into ashes normal. Yet, through adversity, a stronger person emerges with increased self-esteem.
.Move like an optimist! It is impossible to feel depressed while smiling, walking briskly or dancing to happy music.
Resilience is considered a strength based concept. Kowing and finding ways and means to use your strengthen will improve you well-being in many ways.
“What is right about you?” is a basic resiliency strengthening question.