Beyond Blue

pocket therapist front cover small.jpgI have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. Many of them are published in my book, “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit.

My running coach told me that if I wanted to run a marathon all I had to do was to show up at practice. In sweats, not in heels. And the guys who had been sober for double digits said it too: “Keep showing up to these meetings, and you won’t drink.”

Success is 99 percent perspiration, even as I’d like it at times to be a result of luck or fate, or some no-brainer thing. Alas, most great achievements–and chasing sanity day in and day out is an act of nobility deserving of a Purple Heart–are accumulated moments of bravery and perseverance gone mostly unnoticed. It’s the stuff of every day. Winston Churchill is right: “The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upwards in the night.”

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