It is time for new coaching resources. I hope you have been awaiting them with anticipation and will be inspired by them as much as I was. Here is what grabbed my attention this week.

Listening:

Tim Manley tells the story of how he overcame his fear of teaching English to teenagers in a rough high school. It is an entertaining and powerful example of how super heroes (and heroines) can be so close to us, we are oblivious to their existence. Do listen to this if you are doubting yourself for any reason at all!

Reading:

Why People Die by Suicide (book cover)Why People Die by Suicide” by Thomas Joiner.

In the wake of the Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain suicides this past week, many people are looking for the causes that would attract two seemingly successful and well-regarded people to take their own lives. Joiner found three factors that characterize those most at risk for suicide: “the feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself.” This book is helpful in exploring the mental mind set that lures people into suicidal behavior.

If you are feeling like you are burdening on loved ones, feeling a sense of overwhelming isolation, and most importantly, are having self-harming thoughts please remember that these are temporary states of mind. They can and will change. In the meantime, those of us who care about you want to be of help. Please tell one of us how you are feeling. If that is too much, you can text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. People are also available to talk to you at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. No matter what you are feeling or thinking, there are better ways to end your pain than taking your life. Let us help you find a better way to end the pain.

Watching:

I Know A Woman Like That” directed by Elaine Madsen. Actress Virginia Madsen and her mom collaborated on this uplifting documentary about women who are still very much alive and contributing to the world in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Maxine Hong Kingston, Lauren Hutton, Rita Moreno, and others talk about how they got to where they are today.

Although Netflix has just stopped streaming this video, it’s still available on DVD from them. You can probably also find it in your library and it is available on Amazon.

UPDATE: You can rent or purchase this video from iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, or Amazon.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

Until next time,
Judy