Dr. Mara’s latest blog in Ariana Huffington’s ThriveGlobal.com:

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Realistic Optimism in the Time of a Pandemic

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.

          We’re certainly living in an unprecedented time of stress, fear, and grief.  Many are grieving the loss of life as it was before the pandemic, some are fearing the loss of life – period, and some are mourning the loss of loved ones taken by this virus.  So, how can we even speak about optimism, you might wonder.  However, optimism, in the form of realistic optimism, is, in fact, a way to build resilience during times of stress.  The realism is accepting the existence of the darkness and pain, while the optimism is the belief that something beautiful might emerge on the other side of the darkness.  Even a phoenix, rising from the ashes, has to accept the very painful reality of what she has been through. 

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