When Things Don’t Work Out

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So, you land your dream job and not a week into it you make some unsettling discoveries. Your boss is a micromanager. Your boss is at his or her desk 24/7 and expects you to do the same. You try for a while, but it’s not working out. Finally, you leave, maybe for another job, maybe to take time to regroup. When this happens, we need to ask ourselves, what did I miss? During the interview process or when I met the team, what did I miss? Sometimes there are things we didn’t notice or chose to ignore. But sometimes we didn’t miss anything. It just didn’t work out. And that’s because this isn’t Hollywood. It’s real life. For more, join me here.

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You Can’t Pour From An Empty Vessel

We all need time to refuel and recharge.

You can’t pour from an empty vessel. In good times and especially during tough times, we need to take time to refuel. Read a book. Take a walk. Call a friend and, if you need to, ask that friend for help. Ask that friend to come sit with a sick child or spouse so you can take a nap or get a haircut, go to the grocery store or take a drive. We all need time to recharge. And recharging bolsters our resilience. For more, join me here.

Survival of the Grateful-est

“Gratitude is the gateway drug to awesomeness.” Jen Sincero

There’s something I like to call Survival of the Grateful-est. It’s kind of like survival of the fittest, but better. It’s good to be fit, but it’s crucial to be grateful. In fact, the more we are thankful for what we have, the more we will have to be thankful for. Gratitude feeds resilience. Click here for more. You’ll be thankful you did.

You’ve got to laugh

“Sometimes a laugh is the only weapon we have.” Roger Rabbit

You’ve got to laugh. People frequently ask me how I find the humor in hopeless situations like cancer caregiving and raising a child with autism. The answer is pretty simple: humor gives me distance, it gives me the chance to step back, get a grip, and get on with it. For me, it’s the equivalent of putting your oxygen mask on first, and then helping someone else with theirs. Click here for more. #humorbuildsresilience