Laying Low Spirits High

A Thought Worth Considering

“You gotta have hope

Mustn’t sit around and mope…”

~From the song “You gotta have heart” from the show Damn Yankees


Questions Worth Asking

What gives you hope?
How are you finding gracious and satisfying ways to lay low?
How are you keeping spirits high?
How are you responding to others from across the way? 

An Action Worth Taking

Keep exploring new and inspiring ways to lay low.
Keep exploring new and inspiring ways to keep your spirits high.
Keep discovering ways to reach out and connect deeply with others.
AND keep paying attention to what gives you hope.

Laying low.
Keeping spirits high.
These are today’s challenges
and opportunities.

This may be a time of physical distancing
but social distancing is something else
entirely not recommended.
Our yearning for deep connection
remains vital and uplifting
for both mind and spirit.

What gives me hope are all the ways
we are reaching out virtually
and touching one another
across the miles

with a “How are you?” and
“How can I help?” and a reverence
for listening each other through
this time of quarantine –willing
to insulate but not isolate. 

What gives me hope are all the ways
we are singing to one another from across
the street or the stream or across
the phone wires and airwaves and
because of the blessing

of virtual chats and inspirational posts
we are cheering each other on
and responding to each other’s needs
as best we can.

Because we can do this.
Because we can.
Do this.

From the heart, mind, and pen of Minx


Minx Boren
Minx Boren
Minx Boren is a Master Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop/webinar facilitator. She is author/co-author of sixteen books, including Friendship Is a Journey, Healing Is a Journey, and, most recently, Decades of Gratitude, Gusto, Grit & Grace. Minx is a longtime community leader and activist and has served as president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013-14 and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is the 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Project, presented by Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who “stick their neck out for others. ”Her current focus is on exploring with olders what it means to grow into our later years with gratitude, grace, and gusto. As an adjunct professor at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, she offers courses on such topics as Navigating by Values, Resilience in Stressful Times, and Healthwise Living. As an author, Coach Minx leads workshops at spas and wellness centers as well as for the Women’s Foundation of Florida for those who want to write a book or articles for publication or simply want to learn to journal their personal reflections more effectively. Minx is the CJO – Chief Journaling Officer – for Purpose Journals, a company that offers unique journals, webinars, tools, an active writing community along with significant support for anyone who wants to “discover yourself on the page.” Minx is involved with developing and presenting local Sustainable Living initiatives including, because of her background in nutrition and wellness, programs on Food Glorious Food – A Sustainable Perspective. For the past 10 years, she has been sending out a Balance Point Newsletter every other week – thought-provoking ideas, questions, and action challenges - along with selections of poetry from her poem-a-day practice – all from a coach perspective. You can sign up to receive them on her website.

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  1. Thank you Minx, and Welcome aboard
    Great words of hope here,

    I am very grateful for the intérêt and the technology that has enabled hope to keep spreading
    “What gives me hope are all the ways
    we are reaching out virtually
    and touching one another
    across the miles”

    For hope is the lifeline that keeps you alive!
    Hope is the ladder to climb after the fall…

    Thank you so much for this beautiful message of hope.

  2. Beautiful, Minx. Thank you for these questions. Thank you for your words, thoughts, this poem that feels like a prayer in my heart. I continue typing words from love/mind centered on intellectual humility, listening, writing essays, poems, calling people on the phone, taking photos of beautiful nature here in the mountains and sharing these photos. I keep running, walking, dancing, cycling, meditating, showering in hot water. A warm welcome to the BizCatalyst360 community!!

    • Thank you Laura. For me, writing poetry is in itself a form of prayer. Thank you so much for such a warm welcome. I love all the ways you ENGAGE with LIFE. Your spirit shines through, even in this short message.