I went to a party this weekend held in an airplane museum in the desert. The theme was “retro” which meant come in a costume that represented any decade in the 1900’s. I wore my 1980’s black jumpsuit with padded shoulders and a popped collar. I looked, as I did back then, much like the dimensions of a yield sign.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. -Albert Einstein
Many years ago, I remember my daughter coming home from kindergarten. In her backpack, there was a yellow sheet that gave the instructions for a fire drill. The note asked parents to talk to their children and make sure they knew the appropriate course of action. I turned toward my daughter as we sat down to lunch and asked what she would do if a fire broke out in her classroom. Without hesitation, she remarked, “I would stop and wait for the voice in my head to tell me what to do.”
Last Saturday marked the largest protest in US history. Women, men and children from all around the world peacefully gathered to send one very big message. We want a world where all lives matter. Where power is used to create positive, respectful change that advances our human potential and protects the environment that makes it possible to live.
I tend to go into a new year with both excitement and trepidation. It’s a reminder that the unknown lies ahead and “the unknown” is one of our greatest fears. It’s also a reminder that there will be things we can influence and things that will be completely out of our control. I like to focus on the things I can influence.
I already have a headache and it’s only December 8th. The season, and the anxiety that seems to go with it, reminds me of an important formula I will need to keep in mind. There is the normal stress of an experience, or time of year, and then there is what we glob on to it. The “globing on” is what causes most of our anxiety.
Today we will elect our next President. Which makes it a great day to reflect on the need for leadership and what makes a leader effective. Is it politics or presence? Principles or vision? The ability to lead a group of people toward a common goal, or the skill to negotiate a desired outcome based on diverse agendas?
One of my favorite posts from last year and worth repeating.
I am not a huge fan of Halloween although admittedly I enjoy the candy. If I wish to be horrified I watch the news and would prefer that to a full-grown vampire, or blood dripping corpse at my door. Yet, what redeems this night for me each year is one little girl.