Surprise!

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. ~ Maya Angelou When is the last time you remember someone dropping in on you unexpectedly? It doesn’t happen much – not neighbors, not family, and certainly not strangers. We drop-in all over the place online – our new social gathering spot, with moments of joy, filtration, and exaggeration. Not …

Hush!

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. ~ Albert Einstein It is unlikely that we currently call our lives quiet. Perhaps one day. Right now, we are busy people who like to get things done – and done well! Tackling day to day challenges usually involves intense levels of communicating, learning, teaching, and sharing information, …

With Gratitude

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. ~ Gertrude Stein We think it. We feel it. We long for it. Being thankful for a person, a moment, a gift, a meal, a prayer, a song, or love from someone when we really need it means being aware. Are we saying it? Today provides us with more time to tell others …

Here’s Hoping

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ William Faulkner When we are afraid, our bodies respond by constricting. Their primal instinct is to freeze and then run – or fight if we’re cornered. The reaction is acute, intense, and rarely productive. Worse, if we suppress the fear and not face …

Fast Approaching

All things are ready, if our mind be so. ~ William Shakespeare When we are scared, it is because we first had a thought. Perhaps, “I can’t do this” or “I’m not strong enough” or “What if I screw up?” We doubt ourselves and our capabilities just long enough to incite panic and fear. Thoughts are fast. We can be …

Vice Grip

If your work is stressful, it’s not your work. ~ Marty Rubin What’s got you in the vice? For many of us, professional demands can become a source of stress. Some of that stress is good – it motivates, focuses, and fuels us to get the work done. Continual stress, on the other hand, is not healthy. That non-stop tension …

Internal Fix

Leadership begins by asking how you can make things better ~ Jeffrey Fry Most of us are DOers – we thrive from accomplishments and crossing items off the list. There is no threat of boredom because there is always a list. Two obstacles to our success are distractions and exhaustion. Equating leadership with output assumes that it’s on us to …

In Your Dreams

Everything starts as somebody’s daydream                                                            ~ Larry Niven Imagine a world where everyone lives in harmony. Imagine a world where everyone respects and loves one another. Imagine waking up each and …

Where’s Your Central Park?

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it. ~ William Shakespeare New York City’s Central Park was established over 150 years ago, and was built as a place to get away from the chaos of city life and to improve public health. Over the years, it has required financial investment, time, energy and love to keep …