This week’s post asks us to think about the meaning of life from different perspectives–it’s own meaning and why it matters. Enjoy this popular post from the archives! What is the meaning of life? Big question. If you asked Douglas Adams (creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series) he would answer “42”. If you … Continue reading The Meaning of Life…What’s Yours and Why Should You Care?
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning
Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss by Bob Deits, M. Th. is a go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a major loss. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Bob Deits provides practical exercises for navigating … Continue reading Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss
There is power in stories. They can entertain us, scare us, move us to tears and teach us. Memories are the stories that we tell ourselves about where we have been in our lives: what we have done–and what has been done to us. Young and old alike often relax with a sense of anticipation … Continue reading Life Review Therapy–Exploring Our Stories
Libraries are magical places. Unlike looking for books on Amazon or Chapters.com where you are presented with book selections based on previous choices; wandering around a library allows you to stumble upon all sorts of interesting things that you had no idea existed. And, if you have a library card, it’s all free! Such was … Continue reading Are You In a State of Lykke?
Illness happens. Humans get sick. Though we may have been coping with symptoms for a while, receiving the diagnosis of a terminal or chronic illness is often a demarcation on our live path. History shifts from a linear progression of where we’ve been, to “before and after” the diagnosis. Some people breeze through this experience, … Continue reading Coping with a Chronic or Terminal Illness
In 1978, M. Scott Peck (American psychiatrist) published his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled in which the first sentence reads: “Life is difficult.” Dr. Peck wasn’t kidding! On a daily basis we deal with problems large and small–ranging from not being able to find our car keys to dealing with a difficult co-worker. Usually, we’re … Continue reading Resilience–A Gift From Hard Times
There is a belief that once someone has been cured of cancer, they should feel ecstatically happy. Why wouldn’t they? The treatments are over! They are cancer-free! The battle has been won! However, many of the people I have met during this stage of their cancer journey don’t feel like it’s time for a party. … Continue reading Now That You’re Cured…The Second Half of the Journey
If someone asked you how you know something, what would you answer? I learned it at school. My parents taught me. I checked on Google. When we’re talking about facts or skills, it’s often easy to remember how or when the information came to us. However, if I asked you about a personality trait or ability, such … Continue reading Core Beliefs…We’ve All Got Them!
There is an old saying…”We can’t climb into another person’s skin.” The meaning I take from this is that, while we can show empathy to others, we don’t know their intimate experience–mental health included. That’s why it’s useful to hear directly from others. The following First Person article, was published in the July 23, 2018 … Continue reading One Perspective: I’ve learned to live with my mental illness