Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 1

finding the beauty in dissonance

Is there an aspect of your life that you find disappointing?
A finish line that is seemingly too far away?
A hope that’s been battered uninvitedly?

These situations are all too common, and it can feel so isolating. We can’t help but ask, “Why is this happening to me?”

These are the disappointments that threaten to completely commandeer my focus.

So in this series of posts, I’m inviting you to go to  battle with me.
To find and fight for the good.

It’s SO important to me, however, for you to know that I still want everyone to honor, value, and express real, raw, and authentic emotion.  It’s so healthy, even critical, for us to feel our anger, sadness, disappointment, confusion, grief, and any other feeling that comes up. In some cases, the disappointment may be so tragic that a dose of positivity may feel too sugary or even downright trite. We honor that too. If that’s the case, these posts may be for a different day.

Given those caveats, where are the treasures in times like these? These disappointments are too hard to not have value.

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Transitioning Back to Blogging

This post is a bit transitional, but it still does include some of my ruminations regarding life lessons. 

transitioning back to blogging inner tortoise

In my last post, I said that I would be back blogging regularly again soon.  However, that was (gulp) eleven weeks ago.  Alas, I have had such a hard time finding my sea legs lately (spoken legitimately as a periodic, recreational kayaker).

The only things running away from me faster than time does?  My inboxes.

Perhaps you can relate?

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Belief

a small miracle

This is a guest post by my sister, Noelle Dey.  Art piece above by her daughter, Sierra.

It was a consequence of time mis-management.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has these days.

It’s the kind of day when I get frustrated watching a pedestrian slowly walk to the other side of the street as I seethe at a red light.

Or when I start counting the items in the shopping carts in front of me to see if they really have ten items or less.

But this morning my time-crunching meltdown came in the form of glitter.

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When It All Hangs in the Balance

raw honesty

At this very moment, I am wondering which way the scale will tip.

On Friday, I’m having a double laparoscopic surgery, with two different surgeons for two different issues.  If the surgeries are both successful, I literally have the hope of living more normally!! After all these years, how UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING would that be??  After countless days of unending pain, this possibility is beyond overwhelming.

However, there are no guarantees.  One of the surgeries is very tenuous.  If things look too complicated, the surgeon will conservatively abort the procedure as the risk would be too great to proceed.  In all honesty, the thought of living the rest of my life in this amount of pain feels impossibly confronting.

While my blog is usually more about life lessons than my day-to-day health issues, this impending surgery is such a big deal in my life right now, it just didn’t feel right to not acknowledge it.  So, this post will be a dash of raw honesty from yours truly.  :)

Though our stories may likely be quite different, I’m quite sure that you’ve also faced situations where the stakes were sky high.

Emotionally, how do we handle these times?

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Since my health issues prevent me from posting regularly, I'd love to send you a notification of new posts. This newsletter also has a few extra thoughts from yours truly. If interested, please enter your information below, then check your inbox for an email to confirm the subscription. My truest thanks, Sase

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