Inspiration & Reflection
By Lisa Lorden Myers on October 12, 2014
The thought of a high school reunion brings up ambivalent feelings for many people, especially those of us struggling with the idea of not being “who we thought we’d be.” But no matter where we are in our lives, reflecting on our stories authentically can be an opportunity bring together past and present, reuniting lost parts of ourselves.
By Lisa Lorden Myers on December 26, 2012
Many New Year’s resolutions center around the same general principles: working harder and accomplishing more. We often measure our worth in the currency of how much we do. Yet for people with chronic illness, the typical goals declared on January 1st of each year may be more unrealistic than ever.
By Lisa Lorden Myers on July 30, 2012
We live in a world that seems relentlessly unpredictable, sometimes tragically so. How does the sun keep shining as if nothing has happened? But juxtaposed with pain we can often find joy. Even in the face of tragedy, there are moments of beauty, unexpected acts of kindness, and expressions of love.
By Lisa Lorden Myers on June 4, 2012
When life feels overwhelming, the desire to avoid new things can usurp our curiosity, our confidence, and our courage. Small steps can help us overcome the inertia that makes us either move too fast and expect too much, or avoid taking a step at all. As we practice small steps, over time we may look up and realize we’ve arrived somewhere we always wanted to go.
By Lisa Lorden Myers on May 9, 2012
I recently attended a “Catalyst Café” in Los Angeles that affected me in a deep way and on a variety of levels. Somewhere along the line I had become resigned to a belief that treatment for CFS/FM won’t really change in my lifetime. But what if things could change? Suddenly, where there had been doubt and discouragement, I felt hope, recognizing that we are not alone.
By Lisa Lorden Myers on April 19, 2012
A beautiful poem by John O’Donohue spoke to me in a very personal and powerful way, as I step out in my own “new beginning.” As much as I’ve wished my life story had an arc I could understand–a beginning, a middle, and an end–I have come to realize (again and again!) that life doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned that the greatest strength we can bring to any adversity that befalls us is the willingness to begin again…