Winter 2008

Dear Friends

On a recent cross-country flight, I watched with compassion and awe as a mother sitting across the aisle from me tended to her adolescent son with cerebral palsy. Flying is stressful enough these days without adding the challenges of a wheelchair, diapers, and special feeding devices. As I watched this woman handle a litany of difficult situations with grace, love, and patience, I felt so much respect for her. Every once in a while, our eyes would meet, and I wondered how I must appear to her — a carefree stranger sipping Chardonnay while enjoying a juicy novel. I felt myself wanting to 'correct' this seemingly 'perfect' snapshot, as if adding a disclaimer would somehow bring her comfort. In my mind, I was saying, 'Wait. It's not as it seems! I, too, am the mother of a child with profound special needs. Despite appearances, I'm in your club! You're not alone.'

I began thinking about all the other 'clubs' represented by the hundreds of other passengers. Undoubtedly there were members of the Divorce club, the Widows, those going through Bankruptcy, Cancer, Recovery . . . While this woman's 'membership' was outwardly visible, what about the well-coiffed woman with designer boots and smug attitude sitting next to me? She could have just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer for all that I knew. Rather than judge her as a boorish snob, I decided to cut her some slack.

This holiday season, many of us will be rubbing shoulders with more people than usual. Many of these people will look as if they’re having the time of their lives, and some will be, but before we're so quick with our snapshot judgments, we may want to remember that we all travel with some baggage. Not everybody travels through life with carry-on in plain sight; some people’s luggage is stored deeper in cargo than others. With this in mind, perhaps we'll look at people with greater compassion and patience, while reminding ourselves that we may not be as alone as we think.

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From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

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Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

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