Belonging

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.” ― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose “I rest in ease, knowing there are others out there, whispering themselves to sleep, just like me.” ― Charlotte Eriksson I am … 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

Pausing – A Magic Lever of Best Health

Yesterday, my wife took me to Boston Improv for my birthday. My daughter-in-law took me out for lunch. This week I found myself spacing out several times at my desk.  I listened to the rhythms of conversation in meetings at work. … Continue reading

Hope – Magic Lever of Best Health

Hope – a magic lever for best health. Hope = optimism, expecting good results next. Hope feeds resilience. Spiritual strength contains hope. A key differentiator among those with chronic illness is less the degree of disability or pain, but the presence … Continue reading

Amazing Grace

Did you hear the full video of Obama’s eulogy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church? I contemplation grace often, but I’ve never heard such an eloquent reflection. Grace is acceptance, forgiveness, bravery, humanity, dignity. Much to aspire to, often falling short. … Continue reading

Fear on the Health Journey

Fear – an unwelcome, yet familiar, occasional companion on the health journey. A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Your mind racing, reliving dreaded possibilities. Anxious panting with dreams of careening out of control. What helps? A certain … Continue reading

That Sinking Feeling of Stress

You know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something is seriously wrong?  Often accompanied by inability to focus on the here and now (your music, your kids, your grandkids, your partner), trouble sleeping, mind … Continue reading

Focusing on the Basics

I just want to focus on the basics!  In life I reach for the sky. I’m wired that way. I’m frustrated by less. In my health journey or anyone’s health journey where I’m along for the ride I want the … Continue reading