The past couple of years have generally sucked for most people. For a majority of us, it’s been a lousy period in our lives and for some of us, it’s been truly horrible and particularly difficult. But you know what, by way of the fact that I’m writing this and you’re reading it, we survived and we’re moving ahead. The work that we do requires many of us to deal with increasingly hard, emotionally stressful situations and people. We can’t do the work well without being in shape for it, so self-care and emotional resilience are essential. We don’t talk about this nearly enough here, so for starters I’d like you to consider the following.