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Great advice everyone’s sick of hearing in 2020:

Look on the bright side!
There’s always a silver lining.
Everything happens for a reason.

Even as a relentless optimist, this year has brought seemingly never-ending reminders that we never know what’s coming next. It’s in these times of uncertainty that we need hope the most.

Today on MarieTV is a woman who knows about the resiliency of the human spirit. Dr. Edith Eva Eger survived the Holocaust, became an eminent psychologist and PTSD expert, and might be my favorite MarieTV guest of all time.

She wrote her first book at age 90 and just published The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, which should be required reading for all human beings. This is not hyperbolic. I’ve read thousands of books at this point, and I assert this with confidence. 

Edith writes, “I can’t say that everything happens for a reason, that there’s a purpose in injustice or suffering, but I can say that pain, hardship, and suffering are the gift that helps us grow, and learn, and become who we are meant to be.”

I can't say that everything happens for a reason, but I can say that pain, hardship, and suffering are the gifts that help us grow, and learn, and become who we are meant to be. @DrEdithEger1
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This powerhouse of a woman radiated strength and love throughout our conversation. We laughed. We cried. We high-kicked. She shows us all how to find the gift in everything, especially that which is most painful, difficult, and heart-breaking.

If you’ve ever been… human, this one is a MUST-watch, must-listen, and must-share.

You’ll learn:

1:19 — The story of Edie’s 1st day in Auschwitz & the decision she never forgave herself for.
9:52 — Want a good life? What to say to yourself when you get up in the morning.
10:49 — Why Auschwitz was “hell on earth” and “the best classroom.”
17:03 — How to comfort someone who’s in pain with just 2 words.
23:44 — The secret to staying young (and publishing a book at 92!)
26:42 — Her unbelievable response when a patient said, “I want to make America white again.”
36:34 — The difference between faith and belief.

Watch ‘til the end and you’ll get to see us both high-kick for joy. 

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What’s your biggest aha or take away from today’s episode with Dr. Edith Eger?

It’s important to take time to reflect because our thoughts are SO powerful. As Edith writes in The Gift, “I now recognize the most damaging prison is in our mind, and the key is in our pocket. It’s possible to break free from whatever holds us back. It’s not easy, but so worth it.”

In the comments below, let me know one thing that is giving you hope right now OR share a time you found the gift in a challenging experience.

Your words are a gift to this community. Thank you for being here and for being YOU.

All my love,


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