Wee·silience Strategies

Today I am sharing a list of strategies to boost your wee·silience.

I define wee·silience as: 

small ways to improve your ability to deal with difficult situations* quickly

*understated way to describe the current state of the world:







What wee·silience strategies are you employing to help you get through the year, month, week, day, hour, minute? Share in the comments!

Here's my wee list:

 ๐Ÿ“˜ read anything that gives you pleasure (approach the news with caution) - I am currently reading:

A wee-view is coming soon!






๐Ÿ‘€ seek out and appreciate wee things in life - a few of my favorites are: babies, animals, little people, little old people, kindness... Here's a local news story that combines some of these:

๐ŸŒณ seek out and appreciate nature:

View of Lake Zug during my morning jog.


๐Ÿ’ƒ exercise in whatever way gives you pleasure - Jogging not your thing, but you like to dance? I recommend this REALLY FUN channel by emkfit**, a fitness instructor out of Toronto:

**huge thanks to Colleen for the hot tip on this exercise regime.

๐ŸŽต listen to music - ever wonder what we listen to in our house? Here's a link to my Spotify playlist:

Smidgey Maureen Mom playlist 

...our musical tastes are ALL OVER the place (and the timeline). 

Can you guess which song Smidgey added to the playlist? 

(Her paw dexterity is extraordinary!)






๐Ÿ˜ท wear a mask! Nobody encourages this wee·silient (globally healthy!) behavior better than my posse pal, Paul Rudd:

๐Ÿ–Š write a poem or anything that strikes your fancy! Grocery lists can be a practice in wee·silience when written mindfully...just saying. 

Today I wrote a In One Word poem, a form introduced by April Wayland. Here's how I did it:

1) I thought of a word: resilience, because you know, anything to get us through our current reality.

2) I looked it up in Wordmaker (There are 189 words that can be made out of resilience!)
3) I chose the ones that resonated.

4) I wrote the following poem as prose--in one paragraph.
5) Then I broke the paragraph up into a poem. Each line ends with a word I chose from the generated list.
I dedicate this poem to my daughter, Colleen, who is a LONG way away from us, yet her wee·silience is inspiring:
 one 10-second embrace since
mid-March is the eerie
truth when leadership lies
helps us silence
our cries

©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.


Today's Poetry Friday host is Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

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Liz Steinglass said...

Thank you for this list and for your incredible poem.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

My kids are remote-schooling, so thank you for this list! I'd not heard of this form before, but you have a very powerful poem because of it!

Carol Varsalona said...

Bridget, you gave me great pointers for #self-care. I love music, dance, exercise and of course, nature. I will refer back to you post for those great tunes. Would you like to add your beautiful nature shot to my gallery. I will work on 2020 image poems soon so create if you have time and enjoy life while you're at it.

Carol Varsalona said...

Oh, I forgot that to add: your resilience poem is right on!

jama said...

Thanks for this uplifting post. Love your tips for maintaining resilience and the In One Word poem. I'm finding small things -- wee things -- go a long way. I follow a FB page called Baby Animals for a daily dose of cuteness which always makes me feel better. Wee-alistically speaking, pie and chocolate are good too, as is gazing at blue eyes. Hugs to Smidgey!!

Linda B said...

I love your cleverness at taking a word & making it your own, then sharing "wee-silience" with all of us, Bridget. My wee breaks mostly mean being outside, sometimes just walking around the block. My go-to even quicker - sweeping the porch. I am surrounded by trees thus I can always find a leaf or three to sweep! I love your one-word poem, have tried April's invention & now it's probably time again! Happy weekend!

Linda Mitchell said...

This entire post is a dose of medicine that I needed today. Oh, my. The dancing, the music...the good news. Yes. Thank you for showing us resilience. You are the best.

Ruth said...

Great stuff, Bridget!

Jone said...

Wonderful. I like wee-silience.

laurasalas said...

Our daughter, Maddie, is WITH us since March. And she usually lives overseas. We are all doing resilience in the opposite way, making allowances, changing the way we usually have time alone, and space, etc. Lovely poem!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Liz! My feelings about missing my kid and current leadership is informing my writing these days. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Matt! I hope your kids find something of interest here. My younger daughter is remote-schooling as well. A whole other ballgame, but actually a pleasant experiment. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Carol! I'll try to get a Lake Zug poem composed to add. I sent you a couple of 2020 poems via your email a bit ago. I hope you can use them for your gallery. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jama! Yes, living in the land of chocolate, I do know the wee-storative powers of that yummy brown goodness. Smidgey appreciates your hugs and hopes you'll pardon her smell...she has issues. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for the awesome idea, Linda! Sweeping the porch or anywhere actually, is quite meditative and productive. Perfect wee-silient suggestion!

Bridget Magee said...

Your comment is the dose of medicine I need today, Linda! I appreciate your kindness. You're the best, too! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Ruth! Hope some will help you if you ever need it. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jone! We can all use some wee-silience in this day and age. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Laura! This new world order has upended all of us. Sending you all wee-silience vibes as you navigate your new reality. :)

Fran Haley said...

Absolutely adorable, uplifting, and delightful all the way through! You're so right - the little things can make the biggest difference. One can go surprisingly far on a quick shot of wee-silience. Thank you for providing many!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Fran! I hope this list helps you in whatever way you need it. :)

Michelle Kogan said...

Love your melancholic in one word poem, hoping things improve so many of us can share more hugs… I think we are still a ways off. Reading yes, just started a book I picked up a few years ago and hadn't read yet, it's on Florine Stettheimer, whose exhibit I saw at the Jewish Museum in NYC, she was a poet and painter of gorgeous color, thanks a bit late.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Michelle. Your book on Stettheimer sounds like a fabulous read - and exactly up your artist alley! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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