Change and challenge,  Personal growth

How we grow

“I think the place we grow in terms of self-efficacy and internal power is not when we are always happy, but when we’re doing emotionally painful things with courage and integrity.” ~Martha Beck

Someone close to me has been struggling with major depression for a while. But she’d kept her pain hidden, and I wasn’t fully aware of it until recently, when she shared her diagnosis. As she talked about moving past her emotional struggles and obstacles, I admired her courage and gained a greater understanding of her rocky journey to wellness.

As Martha Beck reminds us today, we do most of our growing when we’re pushing through challenges. And it helps when others witness our bravery and support us. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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