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LIFE LESSONS: A MOTHER’S GUIDE TO SURVIVAL & JOY

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“WE ONLY HAVE CONTROL OF ONE THING – OUR ATTITUDE- HOW WE THINK AND HOW WE BEHAVE”

 

“…I had a choice: To accept the life sentence and give up on my dreams or to open up to the possibility of letting new dreams unfold.”

 

book about life lessons, overcoming adversityWise words spoken by Ellen Schwartz who has just written a beautiful book called   ‘Without One Word Spoken; 18 Life Lessons from Jacob’.  Jacob is her beautiful first born son who has a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative illness that attacks the central nervous system.  It’s called Canavan disease, a disease for which there is no known treatment or cure.   Fighting to live and smile each day as he does is a challenge and that is why Jacob is a hero to everyone including myself.

 

ellen and jacob schwartz on the boatLiving with someone who has a life threatening disease is beyond difficult.  It can sometimes feel impossible.  But in many ways, it is also a gift.  It challenges your perspective on life, pushing you to think and act beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary.  And that’s what this book will do in your times of need.  The life lessons in ‘Without One Word Spoken’ are based on the ripple effects of an extremely precious life – a life that could have been tragic and yet has somehow managed to fill so many lives with hope, joy and merit.  These lessons are the result of the choices we make and the mindfulness of our thoughts and actions as we live each day.”

 

Ellen is my inspiration.  In the process of caring for Jacob who is now miraculously 19 years old, and their two other kids Bevy and Ben, Ellen and her amazing husband Jeff Schwartz have managed to give so much to others on SO many levels.  It literally boggles my mind.  Continue Reading

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ADVERSITY & SILVER LININGS

silver lining clouds

When life throws curve balls…

How do you overcome? 

At one time or another, we all experience setbacks, disappointments, even devastations and trauma.  When life takes those unexpected turns, you can recoil and crumble, OR you can look at them as sacred moments for inner exploration. Times of crisis offer fertile ground for anyone to explore and express themselves differently.  It’s an opportunity to change your life, to be more authentic to who you want to be.

Stories of people overcoming adversity FASCINATES and FUELS me!  I’m interested in exploring that and shining the light on those everyday heroes who make the world a better place – people who have mastered life’s most difficult challenges.   So, I’m adding a new strand on my blog called “Silver Linings”.  Basically it’s about turning what initially seems ‘bad’ into ‘good’.  I want to share inspiring stories of strength, fight and what the human spirit is capable of in the face of adversity. 

without-one-word-spoken-book coverI’m kicking off this new strand with news about an amazing book written by my friend Ellen Schwartz called “Without One Word Spoken”.   It’s coming out at the end of October so I will be writing to tell you more about that very soon. 

In the meantime, if you are going through a rough patch, I leave you with words that I find profound and comforting from 2 very wise and very different men. 

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