• My cousin, at 80, lost much of her money in the Madoff debacle. Within a week she got past the shock and said this to me: “I lived well on that investment for many years. I didn’t get nothing.” She focused on what was good, with gratitude. What an inspiration.

    August 14, 2012
    • Hi Ann,
      Thank you for stopping by to tell your story. Looks like you have your own version of Alex and can ask, “What would my cousin do?” Attitude is so important, as you point out when you said, “she focused on what was good, with gratitude.”

      August 15, 2012
  • Wendy, I am touched by Alex’s story. It serves as a reminder that often we have no say over what is presented by life. And, that I always have a say about my relationship with what is before me.

    Story is a powerful medium for me… thank you for telling.


    August 17, 2012
    • Hi Mel,
      I learn so much from others and crossing paths with Alex many years ago, has stayed with me and continues to inspire me today. Stories have been used since the beginning of human time for passing along wisdom. I love your comment, “I always have a say about my relationship with what is before me.” So true!


      August 17, 2012
  • Hey Wendy,
    Love your book Inside Out Enneagram. I was just using the ‘Type and Team Interactions’ today with a client at KQED. After she left I was reading through her type (of course she’s a 7) and had a whole new appreciation for 7’s. Of course, I don’t really know that many, but…
    Hope you’re well and busy.

    August 17, 2012
    • Hi April,
      Lovely to hear from you! So glad you are finding my book useful with your client work. That’s great! Love your tongue and cheek humor. All is well. Hope to see you before the year is out.

      August 18, 2012
  • Wendy,

    I enjoyed your post. I thought these words were particularly powerful:

    “Life is filled with continual endings and beginnings. Everything is impermanent. Circumstances can change in a blink and suddenly the life we thought we had is no more. When we hold on with a tight grip to what has been, we are doomed to suffer.”

    They are true for life and work and certainly have been true for me over the years. My philosophy is to take the good, learn from the bad, and move on.

    We cannot change what has already occurred but we can change what we do with our lives moving forward.



    October 17, 2012
    • Hi Robert,
      Well said. Wisdom for the ages. I imagine your life is all the better for living out your philosophy.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Robert.

      October 17, 2012
  • Wendy,

    “What would Alex do?” That is a question I had to answer myself, not that long ago. When I lost all my “worldly” possessions what was left were the irreplaceable gifts of re-birth. In the blink of an eye my whole world as I knew it changed, it was meant to be that way, it opened the door for me to do what I was intended to do. Thanks for the visit to my site, I didn’t lose it all I gained it all, I just did not see it at the time.


    May 04, 2013

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