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…

Snow

Today I dreamed of skiing. Each time I closed my eyes, the bright white of the snow rose up from the crusted hill, glittering and hard. My skis scraped, then slid and scraped, with each careful turn down the mountain. After all those years, my body knew how to bend and flex, how to let…

Honoring Your Inheritance

As I write this, I’m visiting the wild, west coast of Ireland, a green seaside village of Ballyvaughan. In the past week, I’ve been immersed in Irish culture—hilly walks through The Burren to ancient stone dwellings, rousing sessions of traditional music in intimate pubs, sacred song and ritual in a fourteenth century church. I’m not…

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…