Finding Comfort in a World Where Uncomfortable Things Happen

The secret to finding comfort in a world where uncomfortable things happen? Embrace love to strengthen acceptance, reveal possibilities and increase joy. For more details, click the links below to listen to my most recent conversation with author Betsy Otter Thompson concerning the principles she shares in her book, Love Human. And as a bonus, I’ve also included links to the recording of Betsy’s 2013 guest appearance on my radio show during which we explored another of her books, What Happens If I….

Author Betsy Otter Thompson

About Betsy Otter Thompson

A Philadelphia native with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for several Philadelphia radio stations and as a commercial print model, appearing in television commercials in Philadelphia and New York.

After moving to California, Betsy struggled and nearly became homeless. When she recognized her tendency to blame everyone else for her problems and decided to become accountable, she began to recover. For the next eighteen years, Betsy worked as an Executive Assistant to an entertainment executive in the film industry.

She retired in 2005 and is now writing full time. An author of five books, Betsy has a passion for communicating spiritual concepts. Her lessons have been about understanding how she faces herself wherever she goes. Betsy finally realized that each job and each person was an opportunity to know herself better, not an opportunity to blame others for her problems.

Links to Betsy’s Books


Recordings of Interviews
with Betsy Otter Thompson

Finding Comfort in a World
Where Uncomfortable Things Happen
November 19, 2015

"LoveHuman" by Betsy Otter ThompsonIn this episode, author Betsy Otter Thompson and I examine some of the key themes in her book, Love Human. The book’s insights are structured in the form of answers to 21 of life’s fundamental questions: the ones we ask over and over. In the answers to those questions, Betsy shares her insights for finding comfort in a world where uncomfortable things happen. Whatever the circumstances, the process of turning things around—and finding new possibilities—is the same: learning to embrace this world as it is—and the people around us as they are—and loving whatever that is. Not because it’s a perfect world, but because as we love and accept life as it is, love and acceptance grow. To learn more about Betsy’s presence in the world and purchase any of her other books, visit

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Choosing Love: Harnessing the Physics of Action/Reaction
September 25, 2013

"What Happens If I..." by Betsy Otter ThompsonIn her book, What Happens If I…, my guest, Betsy Otter Thompson covers many different topics from what happens if I do what I love and the money doesn’t come, to what happens if I use my sob story to manipulate, to what happens if I think I have to be perfect. The book helps readers become aware of just how balanced the universe is in its emotional action/reaction physics. It’s easy to make wise decisions if you recognize that a lack of love is an unwise decision. It’s easy to choose satisfying lifestyles if you know the consequences of choosing unsatisfying lifestyles. It’s easy to love when you know that the act of giving brings you everything you are here for. There is no sugar coating in this book. Betsy readily admits that life is sometimes difficult and situations are often challenging. But with humor, she offers a message that helps us to remember that the journey is not about what happens to us, but how we handle what happens. Learn more at

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Here’s what Betsy said about
being a guest on the show…

Thank you for the privilege of being on your show. Much to my delight, this beautiful hour started out with a moment of quiet prayer, continued with an easy repartee that allowed each of us to share our hearts in a meaningful way, and ended with the revelation of just how appreciative you are of the people around you; people who rarely, if ever, get publicly acknowledged. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person.

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About djwlifecoach

I am retired from 40+ years of helping individuals and teams build lives and organizations they love. One of the great joys of my retirement from professional practice is having greater bandwidth to donate my professional and creative talents to support and promote animal and social welfare charities. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world’s largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. As a board-certified coach, author, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. 111419 DJW Sid CH Pet Corner Photo ShootI help clients achieve rapid, extraordinary, sustainable results by connecting who they are with what they do, a connection often lost through stress and the sheer busy-ness of daily life. Courageous self-awareness and unconditional self-love lead to honest choices based on priorities that nurture you and those around you on a journey to wholeness. Decades in coaching, consulting, change management, organization development, human resources and mixed media artistic expression honed my business sense, professionalism, creativity, intuition, leadership and communication skills. The result? Practical tools that help you become more insightful, creative, committed, productive and fulfilled. Even the most dedicated and hard-working individuals can shift from frustration to a sense of futility when their values, passion, work, and lives become disconnected. One of the problems with not taking care of our health is that the effects of ignoring it are often slow to show up. We continue to juggle family responsibilities, work and finances until we lose ourselves, waking up one day 50 pounds heavier in body and soul—no good to ourselves or anyone else. I love working with people who are ready to take life-changing action to make their dreams a reality. At each moment, you have inside you all the wisdom you seek to choose your life and your way of showing up. Limiting thoughts, beliefs and feelings can block you from moving forward. An absence of love and concern for yourself can result in negative head talk that holds you back with discouraging messages about who you are and what you can do. By listening and caring deeply, I guide you in connecting with your own inner wisdom. We identify the way you’d like to live. We determine what’s blocking you and release you from the hold those blocks have over you—unleashing the positive energy that will fuel you forward. Together we develop a plan to move you closer to your heart’s desire. My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! My book, Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life! (Hay House/ Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. For fun, I love reading, sewing, knitting, yin yoga, afternoon tea, opera and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my spouse, Wilson Abney, and the cat who runs our life, Maisy Jane.
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