Sometimes, life throws us a curveball. We might be cruising along, meeting all our goals, right on track for the future. Our family is thriving. Life is good, then suddenly we are launched into chaos.
That is what happened to our guest today, Gene Villeneuve. Gene is a Canadian who moved with his wife and kids to work in Paris, France. They were living the dream until two years ago when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Gene was on The Dad Edge previously to talk about how to love a spouse with cancer. He did the best he could to be a good husband and dad as his wife went through grueling treatments and surgeries. But just when his wife was recovering from her last surgery, Gene found out that his status with his job in France had changed and he would have 6 weeks to move his family back to Canada.
Gene tells us about how coped with this huge upheaval in his life and four of his personal strategies to keep calm through the chaos.
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What You’ll Learn
Keep Calm Through the Chaos
- Make a short list of things that need to be done, persevere, and check them off. Focus on the long-term objective.
- Believe in yourself. Know that whatever is going on around you, you can figure it out.
- Take care of yourself—relaxation, fitness, sleep, nutrition.
- Spend quality time with family in any little way you can.
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