14 Quotes on Adversity

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Awhile back I gave you 10 quotes on following your dreams from a little book called “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.” I wanted to share 10 more on the topic of adversity, because I found them very inspiring—exactly what I needed to propel me forward despite the difficulties I face. I […]

Love After Love

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For some inspiration today, I thought I’d post Derek Walcott’s classic poem, “Love After Love.” It has become a powerful text for me in my recovery. The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and […]

7 Ways to Let Go of Regret

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You let the woman of your dreams get away. You made aparenting mistake that still haunts you. You quit an okay job only to replace it with a lousy one. You cheated a friend. And on and on and on. You want so badly to reverse the clock and do it again … the right way. […]

On Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne RadmacherThat’s the gist of this video.To get to the YouTube video click here. Originally published on Beyond Blue at Beliefnet.com Share this:

15 Affirmations To Say When You’re Depressed

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The self-defeating thoughts that accompany depression are among the most painful elements of the illness. When I’m in the thick of the darkness, I can’t see anything remotely positive about myself. I concentrate solely on my weaknesses. The other day I wrote down some affirmations to say when I’m in this place, to remind myself of my value even […]

On Praying Imperfectly

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In Luke’s gospel Jesus tells his disciples this parable: A widow begs a crooked judge for a just sentence against her adversary. After lots of badgering and nagging, the judge says, “Dang, Lady, I’m tired of you. I’ll send your guy to jail if you leave me alone.” The judge is afraid that if he […]

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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As a graduate student pursuing a degree in theology twelve years ago, I took a course called Systematic Theology–by far my toughest class–by a brilliant professor who was dying of bone marrow cancer. No one knew she was dying. She kept her diagnosis to herself and, as best as she could, covering up her chemotherapy […]

Working in Quiet Cooperation with God

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This passage from St. Francis de Sales (An Introduction to the Devout Life) has been keeping me sane as I second-guess most of the substantial decisions I have made in the last two weeks: Flies harass us more by their numbers than by their sting. Similarly, great matters disturb us less than a multitude of […]

Enjoy the Scenery

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I was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, and it’s becoming clearer that the way I’ve worked for the last 15 years needs […]

6 Steps to Serenity

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I don’t know how many times I utter the Serenity Prayer in a day, but it’s well into the double digits. In fact, the words penned by the late theologian Reinhold Niebuhr may very well be imprinted on my plastic brain because its message is so central to my mission of chasing after sanity. I […]

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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Awhile back “Time” Magazine published some fascinating articles on the “biology of belief”: how faith can heal us. Folks who attend church services on Sunday have a lower risk of dying in any one year than the guys who sleep in, read the paper, and skip all holy activities. “Spirituality predicts for better disease control,” […]

Top 4 Sources of Motivation for Managing Depression

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What motivates you when managing depression? Recently Everyday Health asked that question to readers since 58 percent of readers said they wish for motivation every morning to manage their illness. More specifically, 50 percent wanted strength; 49 percent wanted happiness; and 41 percent wanted peace of mind. Here are the results: the top four sources of motivation for […]

Who Moved My Cheese? Keep Moving the Cheese!

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Human beings are creatures of habit, which is why Spencer Johnson sold more than ten million copies of his book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” Business executives sit down to PowerPoint presentations based on it, and depressed patients watch the “Who Moved My Cheese?” video during group therapy in hospital psychiatric units across the country. (Who […]