Author: Margaret

Weaving your own silver lining

Silver linings don’t materialize out of thin air, or magic. We weave our own silver linings with the threads of our own imagination, spirit, and courage.   • • • • • When we suffer a trauma —  job loss, injury, death, or something bizarre and out of the blue, people commonly talk of silver linings. “Opportunities being born out of crisis”; “When Read More …

Inspiration can hide in plain sight

I had an amazing conversation this morning. Amazing because I woke up so discouraged; “borderline depressed” is probably closer to the truth. So it was edging toward 11 a.m. and I needed to call a client back. I didn’t feel like it. I felt kind of lazy, introverted, and had a kind of “f*** everything” attitude. Read More …

Acceptance

If you have been alive at least a few years, you have learned there are things that you can neither change nor control. Learning to accept certain things requires a combination of surrender, strength, self-love and a kind of a focused imagination. You don’t argue with the tides; they are inevitable. You don’t judge trees because they are bent. You Read More …

Rape Culture: All over again

October 9, 2016 — The story broke about 36 hours ago:  Donald Trump was caught on tape saying some disgusting things about being able to grab a woman, and they’ll let him, because he’s famous. Bragging about groping a woman (and a *married* woman). I think “narcissistic pig” is an understatement. The only consolation in this Read More …

The Right Questions

If you don’t know the right questions to ask, you’ll never get the right answers. And if you’re not ready to accept an answer, you may not recognize it when it’s shouted in your ear. So, as the proverb goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” So we start out *not knowing* what we don’t know. It Read More …

On being human

My life has, at times, felt like assembling a jigsaw puzzle on a roller coaster — frantic, confusing, and frequently bizarre. Call me a survivor, human pretzel, sometime circus juggler, and mom. I have felt like a sidewalk performer sometimes — with one too many balls in the air, dealing with yet another perplexing, and Read More …

The Damage of Doubts

You wake up and it’s raining. Shucks. You were hoping for a sunny day. But remember: the sun is still shining above the clouds, and it *will* shine down on you again soon. This is not magical thinking. It’s a fact. We humans have our own weather systems. I think of the sun as a Read More …