A Few Questions

If you stopped editing yourself, what would you say? When you are at your worst, what’s the fear behind that behavior? When you float outside yourself, tethered to nothing but possibility, what gives you that lift? You are at the edge of your seat, no facade to impress us, what got you there? You keepContinue reading “A Few Questions”

Go Do It

This week I have written about industriousness, initiative, reinvention and responsibility. I have written about the way that human beings come alive when they feel free to take meaningful, appropriate, even obvious actions in support of necessary change. In reflection I understand that these various expressions are all shoots of the same vine; each an attemptContinue reading “Go Do It”

Threefold

The following passage is by Dr. Barbara Holmes from her book, Joy Unspeakable. I read it earlier this week in Richard Rohr’s daily email and its precision brought me to a full stop. I offer a few comments and reflections in bold italics.  “The human task is threefold. First, the human spirit must connect to the eternalContinue reading “Threefold”

Angle of Repose

angle of repose (n): the steepest angle at which a sloping surface formed of a particular loose material is stable. I couldn’t resist lying down on Andy Goldworthy’s epic work, Wood Line, when we walked along it last Saturday. I am on vacation, a time of rest and relaxation, so I thought I would practice aContinue reading “Angle of Repose”

Why Stories Matter

“In the particular is contained the universal.” {James Joyce} We tell stories to create connection. We create connection because it builds trust. We build trust so that we can rely on one another. We rely on one another because we don’t – even on our most selfish, ego-bound days – want to go it alone.Continue reading “Why Stories Matter”

Not So Fast

A couple of million years ago our predecessors, Homo erectus, survived through hunting and gathering. About 350,000 years ago, give or take, Homo sapiens split off from Homo erectus and continued the hunter/gatherer model of subsistence, while slowly but surely evolving from a migratory to a stationary model. This marked, between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, the beginningContinue reading “Not So Fast”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

The Seven of Pentacles {Marge Piercy} Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking at her work growing away there actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans as things grow in the real world, slowly enough. If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water, if you provide birds thatContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

What they want

“They” are your team. You are their leader. This is what they want: Meaning. Also known as “purpose” and “vision.” When they say, “I want to be part of something larger than myself!” this is what they’re talking about. Trust. I once heard a leader say, “They have to earn my trust.” The only acceptable response toContinue reading “What they want”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

Fluent I would love to live Like a river flows, Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding. — John O’Donohue There’s a moment early in the film, “The Way” in which Tom Avery (Martin Sheen) is driving his son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez) to the airport. Daniel is setting off to see the world afterContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

Circular Logic

The more I learn about myself, the more empathy I have for others. The more empathy I have for others, the stronger my relationships will be. The stronger my relationships are, the more risks I am willing to take. The more risks I am willing to take, the more I learn about myself. The moreContinue reading “Circular Logic”