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How I Set My Pace Today

I was walking up the beach early this morning. The water was calm and the air nearly still.  Two women with English accents stopped me and pointed out to the ocean.  The one women said “I am either seeing a whale–or the Loch Ness monster.” To which I quickly assure her it was definitely the Loch Ness monster. Moments later a large creature emerges not far from the shore, its long grey body appeared like a slow moving rock with [...]

By |July 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How I Set My Pace Today

Under the Tuscan Sun

I am one of those people that enjoys catching a cold from time-to-time. It gives me an excuse to do nothing all day but sit on my couch and watch movies. Such was the case last Sunday when I held my own Diane Lane film festival and watched Under the Tuscan Sun not once, but twice. My favorite character (other than my obvious girl crush on Diane Lane) is Katherine, the eccentric actress who shows up licking an ice cream cone in [...]

By |June 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Under the Tuscan Sun

If You Have Ever Felt a Little Broken

I recently heard about a Japanese art form called Kintsugi.  Also known as the “golden repair.”  Kintsugi is the art of restoring broken pottery with a bond made of powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to discard or disguise. In the art form, not only is there no attempt to hide the broken ceramic, but the repair is illuminated making the object [...]

By |June 6th, 2018|Comments Off on If You Have Ever Felt a Little Broken

When Your Back’s Against the Wall

I am often sent notes from my blog readers that inspire me to keep writing. A few of you from time-to-time even send pictures. Such was the case last week, when a reader ran across a graffiti wall in New York. If you can’t see the picture, here’s what it says: When your back is against the wall Turn around and write on it. What a lovely message to remind us that we always have options if we choose to [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on When Your Back’s Against the Wall

Stop Looking for Your Purpose

I have a colleague who recently told me she was trying to find her purpose. She also shared that last year she was asked to chair a board for a hospice that has grown exponentially under her leadership. I asked why she didn’t see that as a purpose. She quickly dismissed her efforts and said, “No, that’s too easy.” It should be easy. Purpose is the by-product of developing our natural gifts and giving them generously. Whether it’s helping people [...]

By |May 9th, 2018|6 Comments

Creating Quality Failures

I attended a continued education workshop last weekend. The leader, a brilliant man in his 60’s, used the group to simulate real life scenarios to teach us new coaching techniques. He then encouraged us all to fail. “Fail and fail again” he said.  No pressure, right? For two days, our failures became our lessons. We looked at how we engaged. Dissected what we did well and what we could have done better. We pushed through our own experience and imagined the [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Creating Quality Failures
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