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Monday, November 5, 2012

When Just One Word Will Do. Or, 22.


For me (and many others) in New Jersey this week, three words have been key: continue, adapt, laugh

In the 7 days before power returned to my street this afternoon, we have dealt with: cold; dark; spoiled food; a leaking refrigerator; no power at my husband's warehouse; and worry about how my son's flooded school will manage to re-open.

Today, I thought about the list of helpful words for any crisis situation, which I once posted here. I don't recall where I first saw the original list of 17 words, but I've been carrying it in my wallet for years, and added rest and ask myself a few years ago. Now, it's up to:

22 Words

Accept
Act
Believe
Care
Change
Choose
Focus
Forgive
Listen
Persist
Pray
Prepare
Relax
Risk
Smile
Trust
Wait

Rest
Ask
Continue
Adapt
Laugh

Have you any words to add?