Hello and welcome to this Episode #30 of the Mother’s Quest Podcast, a conversation I’m releasing for the second time with healer, artist, healthcare advocate and mom to two incredible girls Nancy Netherland.
Between the hurricanes and the continuing devastation in Puerto Rico, the mass shooting in Vegas, and most recently the wildfires near where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I know so many people are struggling with how to find gratitude and meaning in the midst of adversity.
I noticed myself coming back to the lessons I learned about finding magic, even in the most challenging circumstances, from Nancy’s stories about her and her daughters in this episode, originally #10.
In our conversation, we explored how Nancy’s parents instilled a sense that anything is possible, something she has needed to draw on as she faced the loss of her husband and the serious, chronic illnesses of her daughters. And, she shared how she and her girls cultivate generosity and pay that generosity forward through something they created called “gratitools.”
I decided to re-release the episode this week with a new dedication and challenge for all of us from my friend and colleague Lizzy Russinko. Lizzy recently moved with her family from Philadelphia to Petaluma in Northern California where they found themselves in the midst of the devastating wildfires. In her dedication, she shares a story of connection amid uncertainty and her commitment to engage her children in sharing some love and healing in her community.
As we listen to this episode with Nancy, I invite us to think about where we can find magic and meaning during these difficult times. And to join Lizzy in her commitment to pay forward love and kindness in some way to those who are suffering right now.
Topics discussed in this episode:
Resiliency and mindfulness during traumatic events
The importance of creating magic in our lives
“Gratituding” as a verb
Nancy’s favorite book “Man’s Search for Meaning”
Advocating for your children’s health
The importance of community, especially as a caretaker
Building deep relationships with people of differing viewpoints
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Commonweal – where Nancy learned her framework for self-care
Clinical Trials a site that is open to the public to find life saving clinical trials
These Inspirational Notecards that Lizzy and her family will be passing around to her community
This Week’s Challenge:
Building on Nancy Netherland’s story, this challenge comes from Lizzy Rossinko who dedicated the episode. Over the next month Lizzy’s family is going to leave note cards of encouragement and hope around town for her neighbors to find and give, as their community at Sonoma County copes with the wildfires. This will be their little way of injecting magic and meaning into a time of significant adversity and change. Lizzy invites us to do something special to bring comfort and home in our neck of the woods.
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