The Storm Before The Calm
Insights, inspirations and initiatives for stress-free living

© 2001 by Lou Fournier and Lynell Burmark. All rights strictly reserved.


We see our lives through our expectations, and generally those expectations are both too high and too low. We expect to be able to accomplish more, better, faster, yet we typically expect that our capabilities to do this are insufficient. The result of this self-contradictory self-view is the restrictive, exhausting sense we loosely call stress.

Stress is the sense that our options, our available internal resources, are too limited. In the most stressful situations, we feel our options actually decreasing by the moment, confining us ever more tightly to a frustrated feeling of helplessness. And, adding to the mix, it's all too easy to take this personally, as if life is directing this solitary confinement pointedly at us. This is shown by the ubiquitous, discomforting comments of resignation we've created such as, "What are you gonna do," "Wouldn't you know it," "Sure enough," and the like.

Yet we need not resign ourselves to fatalism, and Murphy's Law can be repealed. Stress is illusory, and we have it within us to control it, and our lives. This powerful, inspirational workshop shows how. Through fun, humor, unique insights, and transformative exercises, we show how to keep a light heart in a heavy world. We show how simple shifts in thinking and perspective can help you accomplish more and keep your cool, your hair, and your peace of mind.

The playwright Chekov wrote, "Any idiot can handle a crisis. It's day-to-day living that wears you down." It doesn't have to be that way. We don't have to lose to gain. Come learn to live.

Note: This presentation is also being prepared as a book, to be published by ASCD in 2002.

Presentation type... keynote, breakout session or workshop
Audience................ all
Duration................. 1 to 7 hours
Handouts................ no

Mr. Fournier will gladly tailor any presentation to your specific needs.