1. The arrow. When life feels especially challenging, remember that in order for an arrow to take flight there needs to be an enormous amount of tension on the bow. The greater the tension, the further the flight. During these times, don't lose sight of your aim. I've shared this arrow idea in the past with former patients and friends, but today was the first time it was ever said to me. Also, it was the first time that I really heard the part about keeping your aim.
2. A Grizzly Bear can weigh on average up to 1700 lbs. There are less than 1500 left in the United States.
3. Be honest with yourself about what makes you anxious. I like to pretend that things that make me anxious don't bother me at all. I would never want or expect anyone else to do this. It's just anxiety, we all have it, who cares? Today I got real with myself about just how anxious my daughter's complaints about school make me. She is not me, her experience is her own, but it still makes me incredibly anxious. I hated school. All of it, but that's a story for another day. So this afternoon I went out to Target and bought some craft projects that we can work on during these conversations. Having a project will help both of us feel better and means that I don't have to generate an idea on the spot to get through the rough moments.
What did you learn today?