Not Just Yet

In fireworks as in life it’s best to remember that a whole lot happens before the grand finale.

While you’re worrying about how to navigate the crowd to get back to the car a lot of good stuff is going on.

The end will always find us. And it may be beautiful and powerful evidence of your best effort. But when it comes it really is the end, leaving us to wonder what we might have missed while we were waiting for it to be over.

Don’t be in a hurry. This next one just might take your breath away.


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.

Keep the Matches Dry

If you’re going to light fireworks in the rain you’re going to need a dry box of matches.

If you’re going to start anything you care about – anything that will burn brightly – you have to protect the spark from going out before it has a chance to do its job.

Maybe you are that spark. Maybe you need protecting while you get ready for a good long burn.

Please stay dry. We need your spark. We need your burn.


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.