One of the best days of my life was when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder of severe muscle pain and fatigue. Strangely, I can’t say the same about when the symptoms went away approximately 20 years later. It’s complicated, as people tend to say about things they don’t understand well. I suspect it … Continue reading A Defining Moment: Discovering the Hidden Gifts in Chronic Pain and Illness
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m jealous of my boys. No, it’s not because they got to enjoy a lifestyle and opportunities that I didn’t enjoy during my deprived childhood (you know, I walked to school barefoot in the snow, yada yada). I had a fairly privileged childhood as well, never having to worry about … Continue reading The Evolution of Parenting
You definitely learn what you’re attached to when you must let it go. The past couple of years have been an exercise in letting go of what has been most important to me – my marriage, my sons as they leave for college, my beloved canine companion, the best car EVER. Soon it will be … Continue reading Attachment and Letting Go
“I’m not sure I want to do that,” “I’m not ready for that,” ”I just need to do it this way,” “It’s not so bad.” World: meet my unacknowledged fear. My unacknowledged fear wears a clever mask so I can hide it from myself. I camouflage it because I’m not ready to recognize it, much … Continue reading Fear: Friend or Foe?
The word sounds like some kind ruminant mammal government overthrow but the reality of stagnation is much more insidious than a government coup. I most often associate stagnation with getting stuck in a routine unawares, though stagnation can also result when one is paralyzed by fear. At least with the latter, you can name and … Continue reading Personal Stagnation