Coping with disaster

There is a tomorrow after a disaster, and it’s sometimes hard to remember that in the midst of it. Sheri Fink It’s difficult to watch news footage of the current conditions in Puerto Rico without experiencing some emotion. I feel great empathy for the residents there and wonder how some are able to cope. Before Hurricane Maria, everything was routine and people were going about their lives as usual. Then their world was turned upside down, with widespread damage, no power, and limited supplies — and no idea when to expect repairs or aid. Some lost their lives. Many more …
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If you won the lottery

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. James Allen 1864 – 1912 Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? Most people have. And I suspect most people have heard that within five years of hitting the jackpot, the majority of winners are worse off, both financially and emotionally. When confronted with these statistics, lottery players typically respond in one of two ways: they would like to win anyway just to see for themselves, or they’re certain they would be the exception — that they could handle the sudden …
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Controlling foul moods

Things themselves don’t hurt or hinder us. It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like anyone or anything can get under your skin and put you in a foul mood? Recently, I was talking with a regular client. As soon as he got on the phone, I knew something was wrong, so I asked what had him upset. He explained that his adult (but still very dependent) son had made an unreasonable request: the son wanted him to buy a new, …
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