Owning It

  It’s a long story, but I have four cats. I’m just owning it, after 15 years. I still resist the moniker “cat lady,” and hopefully most of my friends and family members have stopped, finally, buying me tchotchkes with feline designs. I didn’t set out to be a cat person, I didn’t grow up…

The Best Poem Ever

  I couldn’t decide on a title. I was working in a form: rhyming triplets. So Robert, the recording engineer said, “the best poem ever,” which was more than ambitious but much better than “untitled.” It’s not the best poem ever, but it is a reminder of the practice of working within a discipline, a…

Small Towns

  The mountains. The water. The little shops. Mostly it was the women who cared for me, loved me, especially after my sister Karen died. I might have mysteriously disappeared in a big town or city. But here you are everywhere, love angels of Friday meals in a cardboard box, funny videos or newspaper clippings,…

Self Back-Talk

During an Alan Weiss Thrive! workshop a few years ago,  I sat at a table with an international group of successful business owners and consultants to assess “thriving” characteristics in our lives as well as those that might be obstacles or limiting beliefs. I was struck by a common theme: much of what we believe helps or hinders our Thrive…

Leaving Your Mark

I know a lot of leaders who want to make a difference. Most want to create a legacy, leave a mark, or know that what they do as leaders makes the company and its people better for having been there. There are two ways to go about this: with purpose and intent, or accidentally by…

Musings from Alan Weiss

I love sharing others’ wisdom. This is an excerpt from today’s issue of the free e-newsletter, Balancing Act®, by my mentor, Alan Weiss: I’m sitting here at 7 am in a 19th Century mansion with my window open staring at the tranquil Narragansett Bay where it meets the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. There is no wind, the trees…

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…

New Journals

I love journals. I could wax on and on about journals. I’ve kept one of my own (or two) since I was about 14 years old. I’ve used it as a learning tool when teaching, a support for executive coaching, a place to record crazy ideas, dreams and frustrations. A new journal is the epitome…

Get up high enough to see . . .

“In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth. Beauty breaks in everywhere.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature I love Emerson as much as I love Thoreau (aka “Live deep and suck the marrow out of life” guy). I think there’s something in these writings for everyone, and even…

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…