A Manifesto for Difficult Days

We all need a manifesto – a public declaration – of how we intend to navigate the trials of life ahead of us.  When we are faced with challenge, and we find ourself slipping into harmful patterns of thinking or behaviors, this is the time to remind ourselves of our goals and commitment to our healing, recovery, core beliefs or whatever guides our life.

I wrote the manifesto below as I was faced with some challenges this week and needed to be able to repeat something to myself as a reminder of my strength and commitment to doing only good in this world, even when I felt angry, afraid, or ashamed.  Once I wrote it, I shared it with those close to me to help affirm my commitment to do so.  I share it here hoping it may provide comfort and courage to those who may be facing difficulties, too. Continue reading “A Manifesto for Difficult Days”

Monday Musings: Unexpected Kindness

Mondays are my long days. I usually log about 11 to 12 hours.  At the end of today I was tired but needed to stop at the store because I could no longer subsist on sriracha and sweet potatoes.

Like most people, I dread grocery shopping. I avoid it to the extent I make it a challenge to use the remaining eggs, lentils, and cashews in my kitchen to create edible meals for days.

Truth be told, there are stubborn qualities about me which probably contribute to my loathing of grocery stores.   I’m fairly certain I have a pathological aversion to shopping carts.  No matter how long my list, I insist upon using a hand-held basket to carry all my goodies. I fill my basket until it is so heavy I have to rest it on one hip, like women may do with small infants, to keep it upright. Fellow customers give me confused looks as I walk stiff-legged through the store, my basket growing more unwieldy with each aisle I traverse. Continue reading “Monday Musings: Unexpected Kindness”

The Journey

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Old Bridge crossing the Animas River in Durango, Colorado.  Photo Courtesy of Arianna Smith Counseling LLC. 

2017 is right around the corner.  It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day worries – especially with the holiday madness – that we forget to acknowledge how far we have come on our journey in the past year.

So, I invite you to find some quiet time today (or even just a bit quieter than your normal day) to just sit and reflect on the past year.

What was life like for you 1 year ago? 5 years ago?  How have you grown? How has your view of yourself or your life shifted?   Continue reading “The Journey”