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Entries tagged with: Grief

Mentors Make All the Difference

13 November 2012

Allison read In the Spirit by Susan Taylor and Demystifying Mentoring by Amy Gallo and paused to celebrate the healing power of the passage of time and the difference mentors can make in our lives.



Find Comfort and a Fresh Perspective in Poetry

19 March 2013

Allison read a draft of Border Ways by her brother, Reverend George Linney, and once again found just what she needed during a difficult time in the pages of a beautiful collection of poems.



Solace in a River of Silence

9 July 2013

Allison read an excerpt from David Whyte’s River Flow: New and Selected Poems and remembered there can be solace in the silence.



Have a Little Faith

9 September 2014

Allison thought about the full moon and was reminded of one of her favorite David Whyte poems, Faith.



Write to Help Yourself Cope with Grief

9 December 2014

Allison read To Get Over Something, Write About It on HBR.org and was happy to have another tool to share with people who are struggling to cope with any kind of grief.



More on How to Write to Help Yourself Cope with Grief

16 December 2014

Allison did the experiment she wrote about in last week’s blog post, Write to Help Yourself Cope with Grief, and decided that it’s definitely worth recommending to others.



Telling Your Story Can Help You Heal

30 December 2014

Allison watched Donald Davis’ TEDxCharlottesville Talk, How the Story Transforms the Teller, and was grateful for his advice that telling your story can help you “crawl out from under” your heartbreak so that you can heal.



Get Happier by Writing More

27 January 2015

Allison read Writing Your Way to Happiness in the New York Times last week and asked her mama who taught her about this kind of writing in the first place to be a guest blogger today.



Brownies for Breakfast

17 February 2015

Allison read the Brownies for Breakfast Facebook Invitation from Mary Linn Bergstrom and was grateful for a brave mama’s gift of balance to others.



Grandma Ruby Lee Johnson, 3 May 1916 – 19 May 2015

26 May 2015

Allison read her Grandma Ruby Lee Johnson’s obituary and paused to celebrate her amazing grandma and business mentor.



Joy and Sadness Need Each Other

23 June 2015

Allison watched Disney • Pixar’s Inside Out and remembered that by allowing ourselves to feel sadness and learn from it, we can often find our joy faster.



What if You Attend TEDxCharlottesville?

27 October 2015

Allison read the TEDxCharlottesville Web Site and started to get excited for 13 November 2015. Whether you attend in-person or virtually via live-stream, this year’s focus on “What If…” is sure to delight as we are encouraged to consider how the world would look if we were able to suspend our judgment.



Help for Holiday Grief

8 December 2015

Allison read several blog posts and web sites about the challenge of dealing with grief during the holidays and appreciated insights and practical advice from a variety of experts.



The Power of Perspective

19 January 2016

Allison watched Dia Draper’s TEDxCharlottesville Talk, The Power of Perspective, and laughed out loud while finding some much needed perspective of her own.



Develop Emotional Agility

29 November 2016

Allison read Neda Semnani’s interview of Susan David, A Harvard psychologist explains why forcing positive thinking won’t make you happy, and got excited for David’s new book.



Do You Shy Away from Empathy?

5 May 2017

Eden read There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair To People You Love by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell and felt comforted by the stories and advice offered by two empathy experts.



What William Knows About Losing a Pet

6 June 2017

Allison called her nephew, William, to wish him a happy birthday, and he shared some wisdom about how to handle the death of a pet.



9/11 Stories of Survival, Healing, and Hope

27 June 2017

Allison watched the musical, Come From Away, and read The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story by Cheryl Somers Aubin. Both are poignant and beautifully told stories with insights about healing and hope in the aftermath of September 11, 2001



What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

8 August 2017

Allison read A Cancer Survivor Designs the Cards She Wishes She’d Received From Friends and Family and empathized with how hard it is to empathize.



Let Go of At Least

12 December 2017

Allison watched Brené Brown’s animation about the difference between sympathy and empathy and renewed her commitment to let go of 'at least.’



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