It doesn’t take much to be bombarded by ways to give of our time, talent, treasure, energy. Open your eyes to the elderly woman crossing the street slowly, shopping bags in hand, cane nearly useless. Turn on the news and hear about natural disasters, wars, political gridlock, leaders failing to lead.
What impact do these have on you?
How do you respond?
Maybe you find yourself: Continue reading “Find your own Calcutta”
All loss is gain. Since I have become so near-sighted I see no dust or squalor, and therefore conceive of myself as living in splendor. ~Alice James, American diarist
Though I am still confused between near and farsightedness, I SO get that quote! My vision up close is horrible! I can’t read a word that is smaller than 20 point type.
Even as my vision has me living in (dirty) splendor, I must admit that I am often disgusted when I see with glasses on. Yet:
How would a case of nearsightedness work in a relationship?
Continue reading “Does your vision need UNcorrecting?”
I heard this many times over the years from my husband as director of a non-profit:
It’s all about relationship!
And his aim was always to put listening, trust building, connecting — relationship — first. Relationship — before discussing treatment plans, performance issues, stuff that needed to be done.
Last week at the Fox Valley Literacy Council celebration of achievement gala, I heard it again. Continue reading “It’s all about relationship!”
I’ve done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt. ~ Jessamyn West, writer
This quotation hit me today as I was about to journal. It seems to speak to the codependency so many suffer from. This “trying to please” isn’t about doing something kind; rather, it is about changing “me” so as not to displease “you”. Jessamyn suggests that this form of hurting others is far more pervasive than intending to cause harm “honestly”. For example: Continue reading “Where are you a people-pleaser?”
WARNING: Today’s topic is meant to wake you up – jar you a bit – invite you into a deeper level of responsibility for how you show up in the world. Proceed with courage!
Think about a time when you have done something you didn’t want to, perhaps resentfully or grudgingly. Or, recall a time when you were physically present but emotionally and spiritually, perhaps even mentally, “out to lunch”. Or, what about those times when your reason for doing “it” was all about what you would gain – perhaps business or recognition? If it weren’t for the benefits, you so would NOT be there!
Now, think about a time when you’ve been with someone else whose energy was at a disconnect from their “good” actions. Continue reading ““Come From” Energy”