Eileen Fisher held a women’s conference in NYC recently called “Women Together: Freedom Is an Inside Job,” and I attended online. Tara Branch was one of two keynote speakers. 

Tara often uses humor to help us understand that we all are struggling in some way, and her conference talk was no exception.

I loved this poem and expect you will also smile as you finish reading it.

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you times,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when,
through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
Then you are probably the family dog.

To listen to Tara Branch’s one-hour talks, go to her YouTube channel and then scroll down to “Tara’s Talks” listed by year. All are wonderful. https://www.youtube.com/user/tarabrach