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Best of Our Blogs: October 11, 2011

By Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
Associate Editor

I kind of miss the days before cell phones and laptops (so said the girl with two laptops, an iPhone and a Kindle). But ever since beepers were for every man, not just dentists and doctors, I never felt the same sense of peace again.

If you’ve ever had a physical reaction to an email or a voicemail sitting in your phone, you might empathize with my nostalgia. Just another issue that needs addressing or person who needs your attention right?

One memory sticks out for me and I always return to it when I’m feeling really stressed. It was maybe a decade ago and I was sitting in my car stuck in traffic. This was one of those monstrous ones, not even a turtle pace every few minutes. But instead of feeling aggravated or wishing I was somewhere else, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and gratitude. It was weird. I guess in that moment when no one was moving and we were all just sitting in our cars, I suddenly felt like time stood still and I could actually breathe through the muck and chaos of my life. My eyes watered. I felt grateful to be alive. There was no smart phone to take me out of that moment. I didn’t even have a working radio at the time. Yet, I never again felt that sense of connection with others and the universe. And especially not while being in traffic.

It’s that kind of moment that I hold onto when life gets crazy and what I came back to after reading the posts below. It’s all about finding hope and strength when you’re feeling unsupported or alone. Whether you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, caring for a loved one with an illness or just dealing with the stress of day to day life, I think you’ll appreciate our posts this week.

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