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Sometimes good, sometimes not. It depends on the situation. Overall, I am usually able to calm myself in a terrifying/challenging situation and make it through successfully.

Before my husband died I was a rock in an emergency, and about 80% if under pressure...now I break a nail and I fall to pieces, I feel overwhelmed by small things, and hope I can get back to *my* normal. In the meantime, I am learning to give myself grace.

After my recent (big huge life changing) move, one of the first things I did was buy more houseplants in an effort to feel calm and peaceful. I am looking forward to planting flowers and other plants and trees outside, but for now, the plants are helping me feel grounded.

Celebrating beauty, taking time to appreciate the moment, even when life is hectic and busy - or maybe I should say "especially" when things get hectic and busy - is a gift to yourself and those around you.

But it's not easy when there's a big job to tackle!

By the way, these flowers are beautiful!

Chère Corey,

Your questions are always interesting; it's so kind of you to engage us, your readers, friends and fans.

During difficult times, my goal is to recognize what we can control. Intellectually, I accept that we have control over only two things, how we plan for and respond to a situation.

This approach is also a balancing act as information, data, facts helps us understand and decide but can also overwhelm us.

Obviously, this remains a work in progress!

For Penni, please continue to give yourself grace. Thank you for sharing such a touching and important life change with us.

Bonne journée à tous,

It depends on the situation. During BIG situations (moving, a medical crisis, a car accident), I am calm, collected and organized. If I'm doing a quotidian task and something goes repeatedly wrong (my sewing machine jams, the sauce curdles on the stove, I put bleach into the wrong load of laundry) I can turn into a screaming mimi. ;-)

I can honestly say that I do not know what it is like to not live under pressure. I would not know how to navigate in a world not fueled by adrenalin. Have I wished it wasn't so? Undoubtedly! But there are things in life over which we have no choice. This forces you to look for serenity and beauty in the most insignificant things to the "normal" eye.

Most often calm under pressure

Better than I used to be…under pressure.
But I always have flowers. Always!

Pleine d'énergie et pouvant être épouvantable (selon mon mari très calme et lent) Les contraires s'attirent-ils OU qui se ressemblent s'assemblent ??

I try to fill each day with flowers.
What a totally gorgeous photo.

What Penni said. Sans the houseplants. So deeply sorry Penni, I have experienced the same earth-shattering thing.

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