Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???
Many of us are, but may not have put a name to it. A friend of mine wrote an article on this recently. Go here to check it out: Understanding Compassion Fatigue Not every type or function of leader will encounter the same level of fatigue, but we will all encounter it at some point. Compassion … Continue reading Are you familiar with ‘compassion fatigue’?
Mental health, burnout, and learning adaptability are filled with the word 'should'. It is a powerful word. I saved this word for the last blog in this series on burnout, because I believe it is pertinent regardless of your state of affairs. "Effective management is putting first things first. While leadership decides what "first things" … Continue reading Should: The Most Dangerous Word
Have you ever considered how resilient you are? Many of us do not have our full depth plumbed in this area of mental health, and for others it seems there is no end to the learning curve. Resiliency, adaptability, rebound, etc. are all terms used to describe our ability to venture through crisis and major … Continue reading Detour: Has Your Life Been Rerouted?
Kurt Cobain. Layne Staley. Scott Weiland. Chris Cornell. All lost from the same era and genre... I love the era in which I grew up. Science, politics, entertainment, etc. etc. Many good things happened in the world around us. Music was huge to me. I like the fact that I came of age in the … Continue reading Fell on Black Days
I love my mom. At least the way I remember her. She passed away in 1989, so some of the memories need to be unpacked from time to time in order to recall them for what they represent to me as I get older. Sometimes I remind myself to tell stories to my kids about … Continue reading The Worrisome Mother: Mental health and the family tree