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Learning and Growing from Mistakes and Failures

Learning and Growing from Mistakes and Failures

Honoring the wisdom of taking risks, learning from our mistakes and failures, strengthening our resilience… Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone.  Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking. – Tim McMahon He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. – Samuel Smiles Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. – Phyllis Theroux Never […]

The Power of Habit – and Changing Habits When We Need To

The Power of Habit - and Changing Habits When We Need To

In becoming more skillful in meeting the disappointments, difficulties, and even disasters of our lives more resiliently, we want to use our brain’s neuroplasticity to rewire old patterns of response that no longer work so well, and learn new skills that become new habits – practices our brain automatically goes to without having to consciously […]

Learning How the Brain Learns…to Be More Resilient

Learning How the Brain Learns…to Be More Resilient

The focus of the February 2018 posts will be the actual brain processes that allow us to learn more reliable habits of resilience.  To begin, here are selected quotes about neuroplasticity, the remarkable capacity of our brains to grow new neural structure and create new behavior patterns – lifelong – through the experiences we choose […]

Making Responsible Choices

Making Responsible Choices

[Resilience requires choosing to respond this way or that way to whatever is challenging or distressing us.  May these quotes inspire and guide you in choosing to choose and in making responsible choices. Life’s real name is Choices. – Terri Guillemets The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – […]

Planting Seeds of Intentions

Planting Seeds of Intentions

[The theme of January 2018 posts is Intention – Choice – Responsibility.  May these quotes reinforce the value of choosing your intentions for the coming year.] Happiness is not something ready-made.  It comes from your own actions. – HH the Dalai Lama The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions [and […]

Let’s Re-Make the World

Let’s Re-Make the World

[Three poems for the new year; deep heartfelt hopes for re-birth, renewal, rejoicing] A Blessing for the New Year  by Kayleen Asbo As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your heart unclench their grasp on your life As the presence of light begins […]

Traditional – and Unconventional – Prayers for the Season

Traditional - and Unconventional

[I am posting here both Fra Giovanni Giocondo’s beautiful Christmas letter (1513), my traditional offering for this season, and a new very contemporary psalm – plea for “the radiance and glory in darkness, hearts watered with light, could we but see.” Both part of the larger truths of this human journey.] [Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435–1515) […]

Prescription for the Disillusioned

Prescription for the Disillusioned

Poetry is a life-cherishing force.  For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.  Yes, indeed. – Mary Oliver In light of “how you respond to stressful times,” the timely wisdom of Rebecca del Rio: […]

True Generosity

True Generosity

In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness. – Erich Fromm Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha We make a living by what we get, but we make a life […]

Gratitude Goulash

Gratitude Goulash Cover

[apropos of the sustenance offered by gratitude in a time of loss and uncertainty, from Gratitude Goulash that figured prominently in the coping with the mis-adventures of two weeks ago [see Thanksgiving Day post: Giving Thanks – for Losses and Lessons] :] TRUE NORTH That other compass you bought in the city is no good […]

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