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Sometimes life can seem completely overwhelming.  Whether it’s our personal life, our professional life, or a double whammy of both, there is no shortage of stuff to manage.

As you may remember from my previous post, it has been a roller coaster for my family lately.  My son spent two months in a psychiatric hospital, I was diagnosed with a tumor in my face, the surgery left the right side of my face paralyzed, I needed eye surgery as a result, then I broke my foot in four places because my depth perception was off, and I am now in week three of my radiation treatments. It’s a lot to take in.

Many of you have graciously taken the time to comment here or on Facebook, send thoughtful emails, and continue to keep us in your prayers, and I am forever grateful.  Some have asked how it’s possible to go through all of this and maintain a positive outlook.

When life sometimes throws at us more than seems possible to handle, we have a few options.  We can give up, we can meltdown, or we can manage it one day at a time.

Between a book launch, a work trip to India in July, recovery, a potential foot surgery, and summer with two kids quickly approaching, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  When I do, I take a few really deep breaths (if your stomach isn’t moving more than your chest when you’re breathing, you aren’t breathing correctly), and I focus on one thing at a time, one day at a time.

It sounds trite, but it’s really the only option.  As you go through your week, remember to breathe.  When things start piling up, make a list and start to knock things out one at a time.  All you can do is all you can do.  There’s no point borrowing from tomorrow.  Just handle what is immediately in front of you and take it a day at a time.

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