emotional challenges

Making Lemonade of Life’s Lemons, by Larkin Oates, MA

Making Lemonade of Life’s Lemons, by Larkin Oates, MA

As I travel through plush lemony woods, I trip on life’s lemons just like anyone else. Sometimes it is comically obvious I cannot see the citrus for the forest.

Recently, I have been so overwhelmed, it seems as if part of my brain is offline. I bump into furniture which I normally navigate unharmed, and I feel like I am functioning outside of the normal timeline. I strain to consider my choices in these lemony situations, and yearn to make the proverbial lemonade. However, my juice has no sweetener. I am worn to a nub, as is my partner. Although we are ‘cup half full’ people, our cup has a leak, and I feel our lives rapidly draining out of it.

What is Your Dawn Wall?, by Stephanie Shockley, Integrative Therapist

What is Your Dawn Wall?, by Stephanie Shockley, Integrative Therapist

Recently while watching the morning news, I heard a story about two climbers who ascended a vertical rock, the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  Known to be the one of the most difficult rocks to scale with few footholds and ropes being used only for when climbers fall, family, friends, and supporters from around the world watched and waited for 19 days as these men reached the half-mile summit. When interviewed about their experience, one of the climbers responses “I hope it inspires people to find their own Dawn Wall.”

The Meaning of Joy, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

The Meaning of Joy, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I have given myself a wonderful Holiday gift.  During the challenges of the last year, both emotional and physical, I realize I have truly “Taken the One Seat”.   This one seat is a place inside myself committed to a centered, sustainable connection to me.