Friday, March 23, 2012

Bouncing Back

I love how life works. I'm still pleasantly surprised when life works it's wonderful magic that it makes me stop and say, "Wow".

Months ago I "liked" the Facebook page for Positively Positive. I love having positive images and uplifting stories peppered in between family/friend postings. I particularly enjoyed artwork and written pieces contributed by Karen Salmansohn.

If her name is familiar to you it might be because her work has been published in O Magazine. Her articles are witty, informative and always spirit affirming.

One of her books, The Bounce Back Book caught my attention. "How to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, and losses."

Well. If that doesn't sound like something Falling With Grace worthy, what is? Feeling relatively well at the time I ran out to buy the book. When I picked up the book I giggled at the texture of it. The outside is covered in rubber ball material. Fun! 

As feeling well usually goes for me, I didn't listen to my body's whispers and I pushed myself too hard. I crashed bad. I was laying in my bed feeling my broken self start to take over. 
"This sucks." I mumbled to myself. Self pity party in 3...2...1- 
"Bridget! Damn it! Stop it!" I shouted at the kitten as she was digging her claws into something on the floor by my desk. 

I flopped my head over the side of the bed and like a BAZAM from God, there nabbed under Bridget's kitten claws was Karen's book. 

I wriggled out of my Snuggie and plopped down to save my book from certain shredding. Suddenly instead of flipping through the pages as someone reviewing the book I was reading as someone desperate for help. 

I think that's what is so great about Karen's work. There are so many perspectives to the points she makes. Pages that at first made me think, "Oh, yes...great point" were re-read making me think, "Oh, damn...I'm really doing that." 

In her book Karen Salmansohn guides you through 75 different life tips to help you get back on your feet. After each tidbit of advice there is a lesson assignment. Sometimes the most powerful impressions are formed when you come up with solutions yourself. The lesson assignments really plug those ideas and send them home to be tools for a lifetime. 

In one of my earlier posts I wrote about how powerful words can be. For me seeing visual cues for my subconscious work very well. Affirmations woven into the art are whimsical and bright. 

Check out Karen's website to be happily inspired. 

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