Superpower: Opening our hearts

I’m scared but not shocked. The level of disappointment so many people feel about their lives profoundly saddens me. I should have more. I would have more if it weren’t for others – all sorts of others. Feelings of injustice … Continue reading

Experiences, experiments, reflection, action

This week people told me stories about a moment in their health journey – Symptoms, people, relationships, procedures, thresholds, feelings.  Completely fascinating, inspiring, and gut wrenching windows into life’s challenges and tragedies. I heard,  I’m worried, the surgery worked, I … Continue reading

Last Post, New Year

Last post of 2015. Reviewing the year in 51 blog posts, we discussed: Death and Dying Give Me My Dam Data Values Leadership Work/Life balance Grace Ignorance, Uncertainty, Research Music Caregivers Experience of People at the Center And more I’m … Continue reading

Gratitude

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. ~ GB Stern It can be tough to feel gratitude in the face of adversity. Yet where does dignity and strength lie except with gratitude? Stress, adversity, pain, grief are not solid entities. … Continue reading

Belonging – a matter of perception

During the inevitable ups and downs of life, I feel better when I belong. The pointy end of illness, loss, unintended change, stress, can be softened by belonging. Belonging to a family, team, community. What is this feeling of belonging? … Continue reading

Finite disappointment, infinite hope

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”― Martin Luther King, Jr. Mutual disappointment can  bring out our best selves or worst selves – disappointment in a lover, friend, colleague, hero, business associate, health team member. Underwhelmed by expected results -> disappointment. … Continue reading

Grief Subsides, Inch by Inch

I’m reading Scott Simon’s book, Unforgettable. A son, a mother, lessons of a lifetime. Beautifully written and so close to home. Scott Simon’s book resonates for me. It’s been four months since my mom died. Like Scott Simon, I, too, laid next … Continue reading

Caregiver recovery – spiritual, then mental, then physical

I took advantage of some rest and relaxation this weekend at Kripalu Meditation and Yoga Center. After six months of intense caregiving of my mom with frequent bi-coastal travel, I’m feeling an upsurge of my own MS symptoms. I spoke with someone … Continue reading