Saying Yes: Notes from a Gypsy Traveler

Recently, I’ve considered adopting the French response to meeting someone—enchantée—in place of “nice to meet you.” It feels infinitely better to say, “I’m enchanted . . .” doesn’t it? I was enchanted by my time in Sancerre, France.  Every day, I studied French with my teachers Marianne and Guillame, practiced my exercises at Marco’s house…

Messiness and Ambiguity

Maybe, like me, you prefer a clean and orderly house or workspace.  Maybe, especially when you have something important or unpleasant to do, you will clean your closet instead, sort your spice rack, match all your socks. There is probably somebody, somewhere who’s researched the relationship between cleanliness and genius or brilliance and clutter, deeper…

Reentry

I travel a lot, in comparison to most people. For much of this time, I’ve not been great about what happens before or after my trips. I’ll book appointments and calls right up until my departure, regardless of the length of my “to do” list in order to leave. And often, I’ll have people and…

John O’Donohue’s The Inner History of a Day

Read or say out loud: The Inner History of a Day –John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us, Doubleday, 2008.   There are several lines I just love in this poem: “the eucharist of the ordinary” and “being betrothed to the unknown.” First, because when we are willing to take notice of the smallest details…

On Purpose, or On Perfect?

Seattle skyline at sunrise   Each morning, even before I’m fully awake, I say to myself: “I intend to live my life on purpose.” Sometimes I even say it out loud. It means that I will strive to emerge into the day and be conscious, aware, engaged and purposeful in my actions and interactions, purposeful…

Fierce Edges

It was initially hard to imagine why David might ask us to notice the fierce edges of our lives, our existence, on the trip to the Galapagos. I had anticipated beauty, creatures great and small, unique vistas. When you are on the stunning MVV Evolution and your every need is anticipated by a crew of…

Leader Faith

Why have I always loved language? I don’t know. I’ve been at home in it. This morning, reading the piece from Henry V about Harry’s walking through the camps of soldiers before the fight, and his seeing their strength and potential even though they were rag-tag tired and forlorn. A leader believes and has faith…

Noticing Change

In the span of three hours, the Seattle sky has changed dramatically: pre-dawn dark; then gray closed-in rainy; now pink high clouds, light blue. In three hours, complete transformation. In the span of three hours, a life can change completely, too. In an instant, actually, a turning point, a pivotal moment, a sharp right turn…