Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity


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Marina Lombardo
Psychotherapy, Counseling & Personal Coaching
Lake Bennet Medical Center
1151 Blackwood Avenue, Suite 120
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 615-0848

Keeping Your Best Intentions

Welcome Everyone!

It never fails. Early October here in Florida, and we’re still at the tail end of a long summer. I walk outside to get the newspaper, expecting it to be like any other morning—the air heavy with humidity, the temperature already on the edge of uncomfortable--when suddenly it hits me. Today is different--the sunlight feels softer, and there’s an almost imperceptible coolness in the air. I close my eyes and breathe a sigh of relief. There’s no mistaking it--the dog days are over, and autumn, with its clear skies and gentle breezes, has finally (finally!) arrived.


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Keep on Keeping on

In a way, growth is kind of like that. You decide there’s some aspect of your life that needs change. Maybe your attitude needs improving, or you feel stuck in your job. Perhaps your weight has become a health concern, or the life seems to have gone out of your marriage. Whatever it is, you know the time has come for you to take action. Fortunately, there are lots of resources available, and certainly this newsletter has provided some life skills to empower you.

But what often happens at the beginning of new growth is that there’s a certain mind set that gets you to make the commitment to change. This energy carries you into taking the initial steps--you join the program, or the gym, you implement the skills.

But life is interesting. Sometimes it can seem that you’ve barely gotten started when every temptation you’ve been trying to avoid finds its way into you path. Your spouse says just the thing that sets you off. Your friend happens to serve your favorite desert at a dinner party. It’s not your imagination, and it’s not life playing with your head. Really.

It’s the process of growth, pure and simple. It’s almost as if life is saying, “You want change? Great! Let’s have all the things that have challenged you in the past show up in your life, so that now you can choose differently!” So, within these very obstacles are invitations—and opportunities—for the very change you want to see happen.

Here’s a rule of thumb for you: Chaos and confusion always precede growth. Always. And the confusion shows up as the transition experience from the old behavior, old pattern, to the new one. So the challenges you experience when you make change really are signs of growth, signs that what you are doing is working. Really.

So, what do you do in the meantime?

You keep on keeping on. Whatever it is you’re committed to, keep putting one foot in front of the other. One of my dearest friends can certainly tell you a thing or two about that. Last Saturday, Karen completed an Avon Breast Cancer walk—26 miles in one day! Not bad for a young chick in her 50’s! How did she do it? Well, she’ll tell you it wasn’t always easy--that there were days she questioned both her commitment and her choice. But she never let this stop her, and she never lost sight of her goal. One step after another, she kept on keeping on.

And so it can be for you. Keep working the program, practicing those skills. Hang in there during the long, hot days of growth. And one morning you too will wake up, feel that cool autumn breeze against your skin, and know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you’ve finally (finally!) arrived!

Until next time…
Be well!



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Listen live on Wednesday at 2 pm EST, by logging onto If you missed my 8/31/06 show, with radio host Kim Hahn, on “Adoption by Choice,” you can log onto it via my website
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Don’t miss the newest issue, scheduled to be on newsstands on October 31, along with my featured article, “A Time to Wait.”

Stay tuned for my new book, I am More than My Infertility: Seven Proven Steps to Reclaim your Life,” with co-author, Linda Parker, on track for publication next year!


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