Cope Leaf By Leaf

by Sherry Riter in Attitude,Self-Development  

Motivational Lift

Life is huge and full of choices,
and opportunities.

Seasons change.


Others may view us as “lesser” because we look,
or act a certain way.
They even condemn us with their arrogance
since we do not have
the power or knowledge
that they think makes our life have meaning.
They perceive us as unworthy of their respect.
No one knows the things of our heart
or all that we have learned.
Their words are just words.


“We must not allow
other people’s limited perceptions
to define us.”
Virginia Satir



When life gets tough, coping feels impossible
because minutes keep ticking by
and one day flows into the next
like a stream through the forest.
Concentration is elusive if we try to take it all in at once.
Everything becomes overwhelming
which is why looking at the leaf
instead of the forest is a better way to remain balanced.



Sometimes we feel that we do not have a choice,
so we cry,
get angry
feel sad.
We do have choices.

We do have choices.
We do have choices.


“Life is not what it’s supposed to be.
Its what it is.
The way you cope with it
is what makes the difference.”

Virginia Satir



The choices may quite possibly be undesirable
leaving us with the feeling of being trapped.
Grief can fill the heart and mind and
the problems feel insurmountable.


“Problems are not the problem;
coping is the problem.”

Virginia Satir


Control of other people and circumstances
is an illusion.
Decide to control the actions
and reactions
of one person…


Eventually, you will be able to cope with the whole forest,
but until then
let the forest take care of itself.
If you are placed in circumstances that are not of your choosing,
remember your attitude and actions are in your control.
No one is just like you and
keep on working towards your dreams and goals
regardless of the present unhappiness.
Enjoy the view of life
and be patient with yourself.
Learn to cope
leaf by leaf
and don’t dwell on the forest.


“Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understands, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.”
Virginia Satir


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bev December 3, 2010 at 5:44 am

Wow. Amen, choices. This is just absolutely lovely.


2 Gail December 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Beautiful pictures, beautiful words.

Choices…just what life is all about.


3 Paula December 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Wonderful pictures, wish I could walk through! Love Brittany, she is gorgeous!


4 sherri December 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

ah coping…. sometimes it's so difficult to find the best way to accept a situation or person and deal with it/them in a healthy way. i think one of the most valuable tools a person can acquire are coping skills… some days i feel like my toolbox is pretty empty!


5 Rebecca December 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm

all I can say is wow. Yes we do have choices 🙂 Amen to that


6 PJ December 4, 2010 at 3:03 am

Gorgeous pictures! Hey REd! I 'm with you on the coping skills, especially lately.
God bless! By the way, I've been registered with Swagbucks for a long time, but when I first joined it, it seemed to slow my computer down, so I took the tool bar off, and quit messing with it. Come to find out, it was my computer LOL! Anyway, I've started using it again. Believe it or not, I don't know how it did it, because I didn't have the tool bar loaded, yet when I brought it back up recently to try it again, I had acrued 94 SB! Go figure!

Love ya bunches!


7 Kaylene Thompson December 4, 2010 at 6:05 am

I have always enjoyed your posts, but this one hit close to home for me. I felt so much comfort from it that I shared it on my blog. I hope you don't mind 🙂 Thank you!


8 katlupe December 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

These photographs are awesome Red! I love trees as I know you already know. This post lifted my spirits as soon as I saw it!!


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