The message at my church this morning likened life to a card game.  If you were dealt some cards that would guarantee you a losing hand, you would discard them.  These cards might be resentment, failure, insecurity, fear, anger, or anything that hurts you (or someone else) or keeps you from being your best self. … More Discard

Lessons Learned

Last night I had a nightmare and woke up so scared that I thought my heart would pound right out of my chest.  Needless to say, I had a difficult time falling back to sleep.  When I did finally manage to nod off, it was time to get up.  Then I had one of those … More Lessons Learned

If you’re going…

If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill I chose this quote earlier this week. Ironically, nobody needs it more than me on this Wisdom Wednesday. Traumatic stress can be a real rollercoaster. Today I will ride it out, knowing tomorrow will be better. I just have to keep moving forward.

The Key

Well I know it wasn’t you who held me down Heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains And we never even know we have the key    from Already Gone by the Eagles, songwriters Jack Tempchin & Robert Arnold Strandlund   It’s funny how … More The Key

Be Real

I am certainly an advocate of dreaming big.  If, however, you don’t create a plan the feels feasible to you, there is less likelihood that you will follow through.  I have experienced this myself.   I have a great idea, yet it somehow the end result or the way there doesn’t really “fit” how I … More Be Real

Baby Steps

Today, one week after my granddaughter’s first birthday, she took her first steps on her own.  She has been standing on her own and cruising around furniture, but anytime someone tried to coax her to let go and walk, she would simply refuse.  Today, her mother “caught” her walking across the dining room.  I joked … More Baby Steps


Recovering from trauma is a process, with it ups and downs… three steps forward, two steps back… and can be unpredictable. Yesterday was a pretty good day until, on my way home from a trip to the store, a bus pulled up right behind us at a red light.  I thought I had overcome all … More Placid