How to maintain productivity when the world as you know it has ended

Liz Sumner Fear, Love, Wisdom Leave a Comment

I received some bad news this morning. Really bad. Likely to have far-reaching consequences. I’m distracted. I feel shock, sadness, shame. I want to run to social media to find out more and the thought of wallowing in the commiseration revolts me. I’m struggling to remember the good advice I know about catastrophe. Breathe. Put one foot in front of …

How much fear is the right amount?

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We felt a couple of earthquakes last night (10.26.16)– a 5.5 and 6.1 plus some noticeable aftershocks. Good sized shakers worthy of some fright. No noticeable effects other than rattling dishes and some cupboard doors opening. The epicenter was 100 km south of here. After the initial thoughts of “oh shit how bad is this going to be” and then …

Waiting Your Turn

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The other day we went to the Immigration Office to pick up my husband’s permesso di soggiorno. Usually there are some people waiting, between half a dozen and twenty maybe. This time there were probably 200 plus all crowded into this room on a hot summer day with no apparent organization– nowhere to register, no appointments, no order. Just hot, frustrated …

The hardest thing I’ve ever done.

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I’m taking a course from Stella Orange called Craft Your Message. She’s helping me articulate what I do and how I came to do it. One of the exercises is to answer the question, “What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?” I was stumped. I have lived a fairly long time and nothing came to mind as being remarkably hard. …