Author: Bridget Willard

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: I Am Art. Art is Me.

    “Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.” Wassily Kandinsky Life mimics art; art mimics life. Can the two ever be separated? Emotions are trapped in […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Peace In the Unknowing

    “You find peace by coming to terms with what you don’t know.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb Why don’t I know the answers? We struggle with this constantly. We in tech love answers. We berate ourselves for having to Google. Our self-talk goes into the maddening. What is my purpose? We turn to religion and philosophy when […]

  • How To Support Loved Ones Facing Mental Illness

    Chronic illness is tough on caregivers; this we understand. But what about chronic mental health? We know there are professionals who work on the front lines of mental health and we’re thankful. “At least 8.4 million people in the U.S. provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue.” NAMI.org https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers Mental […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Achieving through Helping

    Achieving Through Helping

    “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar It’s easy to focus on ourselves. We have needs, wants, and pain. Sometimes our pain is mental. Sometimes it’s physical. It may be work stress, an illness, or a heartbreak. Even more, our culture and […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Finding Acceptance in Authentic Imperfection

    “To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections.” Simon Sinek Finding fault seems to be a fault that many of us have. We strive for excellence and frown at imperfection. And yet, we are not made happy by excellence. No, perfection is a hard master. It alludes us. It teases us. Perfection […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Get The Most Out Of Life

    “Getting the most out of life means choosing wisely and choosing well. …If you want to make good choices, you have to understand yourself and those around you.” Russ Roberts Are you living your best life? What does it mean to live your best life, all sarcasm aside. It means getting the most out of […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: I Know Who I Am

    Kindness

    “I know who I am, by the nobility of my friends, the gentleness of their faces, the glory of their spears and shields. I am related to saints and kings, a monarch at some faraway court and a scribe in some monastery read about my origin from ancient books.” Desanka Maksimovic Do we wonder who […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Intentionally Cultivating Empathy

    “Some people are naturally empathetic. They easily understand another’s point of view, and they immediately grok what another might be feeling in any scenario. If that is you, congrats; you’re ahead of the game. The rest of us have to work a little harder, and a little more intentionally, to get into the customer mind-set.” […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Finding Harmony in Relationships

    Hear the positive voices

    ‪“Emotional interaction is a duet in which we are constantly fine-tuning our volume to match that of our fellow.” Russ Roberts ‬ Meeting new people can be overwhelming and even daunting. But the more we listen, the easier it is to blend and reach harmonies. Those of us who have been in a choir know […]

  • Light Reading for the Heavy Heart: Stop To See The Music

    “See deeply enough and you see musically.” Thomas Carlyle Don’t we all love music? It moves us. It causes us to remember, to think. The songwriter has this wonderful power to transport us. We are transported to another place. We travel through time to another era. We have a voice for our feelings. We have […]