On World Mental Health Awareness Day, I don't wish you happiness but wisdom. Not joy but understanding. Not abundance but empathy. Years ago now I was diagnosed with Conversion Disorder, which I talk about on this blog often, along with Depression and Anxiety Disorder. I capitalize those here, though I don't think I always have. … Continue reading Everyone Converts But Not Everyone is Disordered
Depression told me nothing about forty. It presumed I didn't need to look so far ahead.
Discipline is creating space and then guarding that space. This whole thing started more than a year ago, though it took me months to find my footing. I knew I wanted to practice discipline in 2017, but I thought it meant a lot of counting all the things I would accomplish and tracking my progress. … Continue reading Discipline: Create Space
One aspect of discipline most Americans know intimately this year: continue in uncertainty with the tools at hand. November 2016 brought a crushing blow to many optimists (and also a crushing blow to everybody else, whether they knew it or not). Un/Fortunately, I'm a pessimist via depression and anxiety. The election did not surprise me. … Continue reading Discipline: Continue in Uncertainty
A key to any discipline and to the subject itself is study without being an expert. In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron talks about the importance of being a beginner. Discispline can be a study of absolutely anything. And it always starts with a beginning. The change in my boys as they've grown has been … Continue reading Discipline: Study