Dr. Robin recently saw Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke, a documentary she calls a work of genius. In it, Spike takes a closer look at the catastrophe that unfolded after Hurricane Katrina hit, including the disorganized response of emergency and recovery teams and the ignored pleas of displaced residents. Dr. Robin says the documentary was so raw she wanted to turn away from the images of pain and devastation.
Dr. Robin says her reaction mirrors how we often feel in our own lives. How many times have the levees broken in your own life and you've run? "There are so many occasions where life is so raw," Dr. Robin says. She warns that we shouldn't turn away when we face these times. It is your job to pay attention to the things in your life that require repair, time, money and effort, she says.
"Take 10 minutes—10 simple, but focused, minutes to think about your life," Dr. Robin says. "Come up with strategic and concrete and realistic ways to begin the repair so that you can live life to the fullest."