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TENACITY AND RESILIENCE

By Delphine du Toit | July 17, 2018

<658 words> I have a sideways pear tree in my backyard. It fell over some years ago before I moved here, so I don’t know what happened. But, by the time I moved in, it had developed a very different stance from what one normally expects of a pear tree. The main trunk, about 20 feet…

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Get Beyond the Bad of Stress. But you Must Want To.

By Delphine du Toit | May 1, 2016

<654 words and 2 links> Stress is a natural part of life.  In limited doses it is good for you – for your brain and for your body. When your brain grabs hold of some old unresolved quarrel, though, and it simply won’t let go, you can end up in a chronic state of stress which…

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Stress is the snow on the road

By Delphine du Toit | February 11, 2015

As with blizzards and clippers, stress events can be forecast if somebody knows what the precipitating patterns will be and then can explain it to the rest of us in ways that we can relate to. A typical example of a major stress event that could have been, and maybe even was, forecast, is the abject collapse of Target in Canada. Failure to pay rent? A no-brainer for those of us who are or have been tenants or landlords. A clear and distinct signal. It is said that Target misjudged the Canadian market. 17,000 people are going to lose their jobs. Why? Did no-one read the signs? Not tell them about it? Or maybe there weren’t any other options?

Let’s consider what happens when we misjudge the severity of a winter storm: people are over-confident in undertaking road trips and skid into ditches

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Don’t feed the Black Dog of Depression

By Delphine du Toit | January 6, 2015

As I return home from running workshops on how to manage one’s SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and the winter blues (i.e. not quite SAD, but on the brink), it strikes me that this blog may be useful to revisit. I'd appreciate you sharing this post with your networks.FacebookTwitterLinkedinemail

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