Mid-Week Balance: 25 May 2011

It has been a crazy, heart-breaking, scary week here in Missouri (and several other “tornado alley” states). So this week’s MWB line-up is dedicated to those who are picking up and trying to rebuild their lives–after a tornado, or a loss, or one of the other challenges life puts in our path. I hope you find something that connects for you and brings a moment of peace.

Glynis Sherwood writes the Recovery Matters blog, and she has been featuring a series of posts that explore common myths that surround grieving. This week she shared her fifth myth–the expectation that grief is an experience that should be “done alone.” When so many people are facing challenges, I really appreciated the reminder that we are stronger when we are in community.

Pam Slim of Escape from Cubicle Nation has created a wonderful set of resources for those of us who are interested in self-employment or pursuing our talents in passionate ways (or, in her words, the transformation “from corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur”). Her writing frequently inspires & energizes me. But this week, her post about “not backing down” rang so powerfully true. It was a lovely reminder that sometimes, even when we are tired, we need to confront our fears or challenges or the exhaustion itself. As a bonus, she included a Tom Petty video–win!

Jonathan Fields also writes about entrepreneurship, with an upcoming book about the value of uncertainty. This post about trying to assess whether pain was “good pain or bad pain” hit a home run for me. One of the things my clients hear from me a lot is that we can’t avoid pain. Instead, I focus on helping folks find the healthiest path through the pain. I appreciated how Jonathan turned his own injury experience into a bigger look at the value of asking for help.

Judy Martin of the Work Life Nation blog, wrote a piece about reducing stress in the work-life balance. What I noticed as I read the piece as that her “Seven Tools” seemed to apply to many stressful situations, not just work.

The Better Health blog is a fantastic resource for all things health-related. This week’s post by Dr. John Mandrola was right in line with some of the other posts that I’ve shared about freeing ourselves from the straightjacket of perfectionism.

I hope this finds you safe and healthy–and if not, that you’re getting all the support you need! Any good resources? Please share them below.

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