Posts tagged Courage
Life is Full of Possibilities - Lessons from Game of Thrones

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones is called CripplesBastards, and Broken Things and now that the series has ended, the stories, trials and experiences of many of the characters offer lessons we can glean for those of us who today feel like the '‘broken things.” Many, most characters faced adversity, but five main characters endured life-changing trauma with lasting effects - Tyrion Lannister, Bran Stark, Jaime Lannister, Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy.

Obviously, there are spoilers ahead.

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Ignite Your Beltane Fire

May 1 is the start of Beltane (pronounced bell’tane) and the start of summer in the Celtic calendar. Actually, summer begins at sundown. May day celebrations and May pole dances today celebrate the traditional start of summer.  The mood is of celebration and anticipation. As the sun returns to us in warmth and reach, the symbolism of fire can remind us of our own creativity so I encourage to you set aside some time to consider these questions - what can you bring alive and create in this season? How can you be and feel more alive?

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Float Thru a Field Blend

To hold you when overwhelmed

I concocted this blend to evoke not only the smell of a grassy meadow after a rain, but also to carry me away from my distress. And to support and hold me while I mourned and grieved my lost ambitions and then, once having moved through the sadness, to allow myself to be held and supported so I could simply relax and reset.

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Why I Stay Alive

The other day I was scrolling through my favorite photos on my phone, and I rediscovered this quote I took a screen shot of back in December 2015. I loved the ideas and suggestions, but I had no idea who wrote it.  A little googling revealed that Matt Haig was the author. Inspired by his work, I made a list of reasons to stay alive. I encourage you to do so too.

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Don't Go to War

“Cancer, you are going to lose and we are going to win,” declares a commercial for a prominent cancer hospital. The message personifies the illness, lists all the losses (relatives and hair) and a face then declares: “I won’t let you.” The cancer is cast in a fraught adversarial relationship. Often illness feels like an epic struggle with life and death at stake. It is one. We are embattled. Treating illness as an enemy does not work.

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What I Wish I Knew

In my early 30s, in the prime of my life, I got sick. I got mysteriously and seriously sick. My world went upside down and tossed me around. I confronted the hard fact that there’s a big difference between a treatment and a cure, and it turned out doctors could offer me neither. Weeks stretched to months stretched to years, and more years and more years and more years. Now decades. At the age of 52, looking back, here is what I know now that I wished I knew then, half a lifetime ago.

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Braving the Storm of Illness

What does the wilderness mean for those who live with chronic and/or invisible illness? Brené Brown talks about how theologians and poets and musicians and writers uses the wilderness as a metaphor. When we become ill, we are shoved into the wilderness. It’s a storm in the wilderness, often a perilous one. Unlike most, we don’t have a choice. We enter a vast and treacherous place and are navigating trials and obstacles in our quest for physical recovery.

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