Respite: Try What Has Not Been Tried

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, author of the above quote, was revered by many but also confused many, and even angered some, through his choices of expression. His message, however, is applicable for each of us, [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:23-04:00June 30th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Where Is Your Focus?

“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” - Voltaire There are only so many hours in a day – and in a life – so how we choose to spend those hours can critically affect our happiness. Even when misfortune crosses our path – like when we [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:23-04:00June 17th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Allow Yourself…

“There is in the worst of fortune, the best chance for a happy change.” - Euripides Is it time to reconfigure our expectations and abilities, our demands and capabilities? One of the hardest lessons in life is to realize we cannot do everything nor should we even want to. Allowing ourselves time for rest and [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:23-04:00June 3rd, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Remember and Be Grateful

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Helen Keller This quote was included in an obituary that crossed my desk at work. The person “lost” had apparently been so loved that it was imperative to reiterate that their presence would never be [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:23-04:00May 20th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Take Care of Yourself

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” - Oscar Wilde No sense wasting time wishing we were someone else better equipped to handle all the responsibilities that have been dumped on our plate. Each individual experiences unexpected burdens at times, suddenly weighing them down. Hopefully, when this happens, we encounter some kindness and compassion along the [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:23-04:00May 6th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Weather the Storm

“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow” -Alice Mackenzie Swaim, poet Storms often blow into our lives, whether we are expecting them or not, usually appearing at the most inopportune moments. Whether physical, emotional or psychological, weathering a storm requires [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:24-04:00April 21st, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Remember to Celebrate

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust When we move into times filled with numerous responsibilities – some desired, others dreaded – let’s remember to celebrate those who have brought a smile to our face. Let’s remember to thank [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:24-04:00April 8th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Our Tremendous Impact

“It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.” -Mother Teresa A recent message from the Daily Om commented on how much we do not know about the effect we have on people, even strangers. During stressful times, we may notice ourselves acting and speaking in [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:24-04:00March 25th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Suddenly you are doing the impossible!

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi So often, when we want to give up, let go, or dropout, if we can hang on for one moment more, we might find ourselves turning the situation around. Everyone has these moments and must deal [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:24-04:00March 12th, 2016|All, Respite|

Respite: Happiness Is Not A Station

Respite Reflections' purpose is to help people push the "pause" button in their transition work -- to take a break from the thinking, researching, networking and preparing for interviews. Taking a moment to center yourself, ponder a positive thought, and focus on a broader perspective is invaluable during a time of transition. “Happiness is not [...]

2019-03-19T14:49:24-04:00February 27th, 2016|All, Respite|