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Thought of the Week

Thought of the Week

Reminder -- The skills only stop working when you stop using them! 

Thought of the Week

Don't Compare Yourself to Others.
Instead, focus on where you've been, 
                       where you are now and 
                                      where you want to be.  

Thought of the week

It is easier to go down hill than up, but the view is from the top.

Thought of the Week

Week of 2/7/12 - Suppose you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.                            Mary Pickford

Week of 2/14/12 - Change your thoughts and you change the world.
                                                                                            Norman Vincent Peale

Week of 2/21/12 - Be Mindful of the Positive (Velcro Mind) and Unmindful of the negative (only mindful enough to keep you safe for that moment. Then let it go.) (Teflon mind)                                                             DBT Philosophy

     When you walk through a garden are you looking for the roses or the thorns?

Thought of the Week

It is time for me to catch up on my Thought of the Week. I give one of these to my clients each week and ask them to spend some time during the week thinking about the quote and considering how it might be meaningful in their life. I include the author's name when I know it. Unfortunately, some of these thoughts were given to me without an author being identified.
On here you will be seeing several Thoughts of the Week at once, but feel free to consider them one week at a time as they are intended.   

Week of 1/10 - A New Year of  DBT- See this on my website

Week of 1/17 -I may not be there yet but I am closer than I was yesterday.

Week of 1/24 People who have been hurt often end up greeting the world wearing a heavy protective armor. Other people might misinterpret this protective armor as anger and respond by putting up their own armor and feeling angry, scared, intimidated or acting distant. When you let down your heavy protective shield and replace it with an invisible shield and a half smile. people feel safer and don't think they have to be on guard around you. They tend to act nicer,  warmer, softer and be friendlier.  Imagine you are a dog approaching another dog --- and wag your tail to let the other dog know that you are friendly!

Week of 1/31 - I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. Oliver Wendell Homes  

Thought of the week

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people.
                                                            Marian Wright Edelman
                                                                (Quaker saying)
    In DBT language, this is similar to getting in touch with Wise Mind.   

Thought of the Week

   I may not have caused my own problems
             and yet I am the only one who can solve them. 
   Totally and radically accepting this
             allows me to move forward.  
                            DBT Philosophy on Radical Acceptance

Thought of the Week

"We cannot control the wind; we can only adjust the sails." Kahlil Gibran  

Thought of the Week - Radical Acceptance

My DBT Skills group is currently studying the concept of Radical Acceptance. The following quote, from one of the founders of pscyhotherapy, fits in very well with this concept so I decided to make it this weeks Thought of the Week. Perhaps you might want to spend some time sitting with this concept over the course of this week. Please feel free to contact me to share other sayings or quotes that you find therapeutic. They might just end up becoming one of my future Thoughts of the Week.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change."   
Carl Rodgers  

Thought of the Week

Be Mindful of the Positive
Unmindful of the negative
(only be mindful enought to keep yourself safe for that moment -- then let it go.)  
       When you walk through a garden
                                                     are you looking for the roses
                                                                                          or for the thorns?
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