Often we have ugly or painful memories and thoughts that interfere with being productive and, more importantly, with happiness. Denial and avoidance are normal protective strategies but only temporarily helpful. They can be destructive if we just stay with them. But dwelling on the negativity of pain and trauma can get in the way of growing. WWN member and Counselor/Therapist Virginia Malmquist be talking about cognitive strategies that can push those thoughts aside while still learning what we need from difficult events at our Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting.