Hello and welcome to the very first Bouncing Back Blog post!

This blog is for you. Think of it as a venue for you to seek advice, meditate, evaluate and communicate with other people who want you learn how to face yourself honestly, find the strength to overcome your challenges, and find the ability to love yourself.

It is my intention that this first message will hopefully be the only one that is written without your input. First and foremost, it is a resource for you and your fellow readers. In future articles, we hope you’ll ask questions, suggest exercises and share your stories of the trials and tribulations you face when you Bounce Back.

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We hope you enjoy this inaugural post and we look forward to our conversations in all those that follow.  With all that being said, let’s get started!

Lisa Bien with two of the most valuable members of her team

Exercise – Build Your Starting Line-Up

TEAM is a favorite acronym for ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’. This is not just true of sports, but of any walk of life. In this exercise we want you to pretend that you are managing a baseball or a softball team. The away team represents every challenge preventing you from living the life you want. The home team is made up of the closest and most important people in your life. They can be friends, family, significant others, co-workers, clergy, therapists or anyone else who plays an important role.  As the manager, it’s your job to set the starting lineup and put each player in his or her proper position. Once you’ve assigned a position, write a sentence or two about why you have chosen that person to fill that particular role.

There are nine defensive positions in a baseball team and there are nine places in a batting order. Take a few minutes to think about what each position means.

These are the positions: Pitcher, Catcher, 1st Base, 2nd Base, 3rd Base, Shortstop, Left Field, Right Field and Center Field.

ALTERNATIVE: If sports aren’t your thing consider pretending you are the President and that each important person in your life is a part of your cabinet. Consider the following jobs: Vice-President, Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, Treasurer, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Attorney General.

Once you have a better idea who plays what role in your life, you will have a better idea who you can rely on best depending on your needs. This will help you to take better care of yourself and make your friends feel both important to you and respected for using their time and strengths appropriately.