Short version, if you're pressed for time: Quit trying to shore up your weaknesses. Do what you're already good at doing, and build mutually-beneficial relationships with people who are good at doing complementary things.
Caring for one another, across generations and identities, is a human survival skill, an early evolutionary differentiator that is increasingly endangered by our allowing fear and doubt to cloud the path ahead.
Here's the big question: What things - realistic or abstract, visual or emotional - appear different based on their surroundings? How is your perception of anything - a person, an idea, a color, a perspective - affected by its context?
Somewhere in the world, right now, while you're reading these words, someone is excitedly discovering something you already know.
First, a disclaimer: All these worksheets and exercises you can use/do in support of your own well-being? Good stuff, aren't they? Yes. And, They aren't a substitute for therapy or other structured work with a trained professional. Full disclaimer follows, at the end of the post. "Life begins at 50," my friend, the late Harriet … Continue reading Reflect.
When I was in 4th grade, in 1975, my mother started having a self-described "mid-life crisis" that lasted several years. She sought help through counseling and reading, and one of the books she read was a wildly popular bestseller that I'd dismissed, until now.
When my children were little, during the age of great dependency, I sometimes, oftentimes, struggled in my job as their mother. My struggles were laid bare most visibly on weekends, holidays and vacations. Particularly at the beach. **** Once, we loaded the last bag in the car at almost noon, the first Saturday of spring … Continue reading Restore.
Seven years ago this week, when I turned 50, I was on the brink of breaking free and launching into the career I'd been waiting for. I'd worked hard, set my sights, and was ready, finally, to (in the lingo of that year) lean in.