There are so many things that happen in our world and that are happening currently. We have been fortunate in our country to "live so well so long", as Neil Simon lyrics says in the "American Song". Life presents us with so many gifts and wonderful things, but it also presents us with things that are hurtful, painful, frightening, and to say the least angering. Many of us feel powerless, and there are so many things over which we have no control. And yet sometimes we can find some seed of opportunity within the challenge or crisis, weather it be internal or external. Inner challenges may relate to not feeling well with some health issue or some emotional challenge such as anxiety or depression, Many people right now are concerned regarding the polarization that is occurring within the United States. We may be frustrated and experience grief regarding the loss of our "normal" life. There are many emotions that we need to process and with which we need to cope. Some of us may be frozen with anxiety and fear, some of us may be taking positive courses of action to make things better for ourselves and those around us, and some of us may be in denial regarding our emotions, we may become emotionally reactive or aggressive as we react external events. We are all human just trying to find our way in uncharted waters. I personally have been flooded with emotion, and have been struggling to adjust with so many things that have been happening in my life recently. I have found it difficult not to be reactive externally, and it has also been difficult not to be reactive to my own experience, and suspend judgment with regards to my own emotions. It is a struggle to just ride the waves of what "is" and of what is going on inside of me, just allowing things "to be" For me taking positive action includes writing, which allows me to express myself in a positive manner and hopefully help others to improve their ability to connect with themselves and those around them. It is in our connection with others that we heal. Giving conscious thought to my values has been important to me. Although I can't control what goes on externally, I can respond the best I can by allowing the values that are important, to hopefully guide my behavior. I heard Dr. Russ Harris ask this important question, "What do we want to stand for in the face of adversity?
Finding Our Compass During These Tough Times
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