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Distinguishing between story and feeling is essential to navigating the difficult places in which at times we find ourselves stuck.

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I wake in the morning. It is early… very early.

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Remembrance Day is a good time to ponder loss and grief and to explore our own response to the inevitable pain that accompanies the often difficult realities of life.

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Being an adult means taking responsibility for my own emotional life.

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A great deal of pain is caused, or at least made worse, by my determination to avoid pain. The intensity and power of anything I resist always increases.

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Alain de Botton recently posted  at “The School of Life” some provocative and wise thoughts on the value of melancholy.

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I have always hesitated to write about depression.

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Life is filled with a complicated mix of complex feelings.

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Sue Wintz offers helpful advice for responding to people who are experiencing grief in the face of the death of a child, or any death, at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/quit-using-loss-when-referring-to-death/2012/12/17/95e7b582-4878-11e2-b6f0-e851e741d196_blog.html

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It runs like a constant refrain through the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. It is a kind of chorus echoing off almost every page of the Bible.

“Do not be afraid.” Again and again in a variety of voices, no matter how difficult the circumstances, God tells people they have nothing to fear.
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