Rising Strong, Rising Again, & Raising Each Other

There's information all over the internet about how to overcome challenges, how to be successful, how to stay motivated, how to cope with loss. But, they're sanitized, and often aimed at some sweeping happy ending. Our uncanny inclination to focus on the positive often glosses over how do we actually, step by step, get up and rise again after a fall? I think what we need more of is seeing behind the curtain, behind the facade. What are the real struggles our friends and family face? What do they wrestle with daily? What challenges do they face, and how do they get through them?

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Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Last night I was watching Chicago Fire, an episode where one of the main characters, Hermann, goes into a burning building with a friend & fellow firefighter from another house. In a split second trying to save a man trapped inside, the two men are separated in the smoke & Hermann makes it out alive, … Continue reading Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

The Brave & Brokenhearted Club: Are You In?

I want to start a new club. Who wants to join? Everyone? Great!!!!! It's called The Brave and Brokenhearted Club. Think you belong in it? Here are the qualifications for admission: A) You are human.  B) You've had your heart broken. C) You are still living and breathing and walking around on a planet with … Continue reading The Brave & Brokenhearted Club: Are You In?

On the Edge of a New Era (in Which We FEEL)

After awhile, you learn what people do and don't want to hear. You learn that most people don't really feel comfortable hearing the truth of your feelings. So you start changing, without even meaning to. You hide your feelings...stuff them down so deep you don't even realize you're stuffing them. Because where else do we … Continue reading On the Edge of a New Era (in Which We FEEL)