Note: This was written in November 2019 while in Nicaragua, about 16 months after my husband died. The loss of my husband means the loss of his perspective, a sharing of life experiences, discovery and ideas. This sharing with someone else, whether family, friends, colleagues or community members is valuable because it expands our life. […]
Toward Healing in a Time of Harm
Self cutters are not the only self harmers. Their hearts are hurting and they are only looking for relief. People who have experienced deep trauma are not the only ones who experience harm. Moreover, some scars are hidden, perhaps in shame. Some burdens are borne quietly. While many of us experience isolation in this horrific […]
via Daily Prompt: Memorize I guess you have to know the rules to break them. Before I can improvise I have to learn it by heart. I have to recite every line and syllable, play every note, tell that story and commit exactly down to every photographic memory detail. I have to know down to the […]
Sometimes I could use a little less collaboration (But only sometimes)
via Daily Prompt: Collaboration For a so-called introvert (and even times of shyness) I sure have been a lot of times having to (and I do mean having to) collaborate. The fact that I am an accomodating person with a good sense of humor helps. On evenings like this though, when I am over tired […]
When Bad News Comes(Yesterday, I miss you)
By Laura Lynch, Life Coach, LCSW “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” (Rebecca, D. Maurier) I am haunted by memories, and also what could have been. Our lives cross paths with others and often with that connection comes the experience of change, renewal, and once in awhile the fall of illusions. How […]
O Resiliency, I need you now. I am feeling down and need a pick me up. An essay on what this word might mean.
by Laura Lynch, LCSW, Life Coach Well….trying to get back on track with writing. With an initial interruption of medical issues, then being mentally caught up in election turmoil (Are we in Kansas anymore and when did the tornado come and pick me up?) and now bookended by weeks of more medical issues (winter illness x […]
Not Down For the Count: The Beauty of Holding Your Own Through Transformation
by Laura Lynch, LCSW and Life Coach The last few weeks have been marked by losses punctuated by my birthday. I have also been witness to how some people get through life crisis. The people I am thinking could not have been more different from each other, but they both embodied qualities that exemplify resilience. […]
Honestly Honest: Musings on the multiple meanings of honesty
by Laura Lynch, LCSW, Life Coach The public discourse has seen a lot of discussion about honesty. Before and since Plato the topic of honesty is always worth discussing. I know that lies, either as a liar or recipient of lies – not being who you are, the experience of betrayal, can take us down difficult […]
September Hello & Goodbye – and holding on to optimism in the face of defeatism.
by Laura Lynch LCSW, Life Coach Well originally I was going to write about how glad I was for September to come. Kind of the perfect month for me. The intense desert heat recedes, the only Holiday is Labor Day, Fall is coming (my favorite season) and for me it is the real beginning of […]
Starting to Lose Our Collective Minds, or Is Just Me?
by Laura Lynch, LCSW, Life Coach (Note, its been awhile since I had the energy to write, haven’t felt quite the same since my medical issues, and besides )– It has been a l o n g hot summer for me, and that’s not just because I live in the Mojave Southwest. I am starting […]