In The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander we find:
Today was exceptional in that I learned leadership is not a responsibility-nobody has to lead. It’s a gift, shining silver, that reminds people huddled nearby why each shimmering moment matters. It’s in the eyes, the voice, this swelling song that warms up from the toes and tingles with endless possibilities. Things change when you care enough to grab whatever you love, and give it everything.
–Amanda Burr, student at the Walnut Hill School
I have been known to think – and write:
Everyone is a leader.
and to think of it as a responsibility to develop in ourselves the traits, talents and strengths of our leadership and to share ourselves with the world: to be the change, to lead.
Yet, this young woman, a high school student at a school for the arts, suggests that: Continue reading Leadership is a Gift
When was the last time you paused to wonder:
Who am I?
What really matters to ME?
Am I being true to myself?
Some of you may be thinking, “How selfish!” There is too much good work to do in this life to worry about what matters to me. There are so many less fortunate than me and my job is to give what they need.
Will you stay with me awhile to explore this? Continue reading Be True to YOU!
I came to this day and my usual morning self-connection with an intention to connect with you – a plan. Yet, when I sat down to write, I noticed that I really didn’t know what I’d write about. So, why am I writing? What is the purpose anyway?
How often is your life a series of tasks, plans carried out without a connection to the purpose, the intention for the action? Can it be different? What if it was?
Continue reading Speaking My Truth
Today’s thought comes from “The Intuitive Way” by Penney Peirce. Ready?
If I could reverse three situations or chronic habits in my life, what would they be?
How would I do it?
What would my life look like then?
That’s it from Penney, folks. From the coach:
What changes are you called to make?
What vision will keep you focused?
Just a reminder here. This is NOT about “beat me up” for all “I haven’t done”. It’s about clarity around choices and realizing that we can make new choices at any moment.
A gremlin is that voice within who makes a serious game of keeping us from appreciating our life and living our passion. The gremlin voice is NOT our deepest, truest self. Its messages include the likes of: “You’ll never succeed. You’re wasting your time. Why bother? You’ll look silly.” Learning to ignore the gremlin, move beyond its false messages, and “do it anyway” is a topic of many books and workshops! That tells me we are not alone in facing this “opportunity for growth”. One delightful book about gremlins is:
Early on, the author reminds us of the value in noticing vs. straining, striving, forcing change. Regarding gremlin taming, he paraphrases the Zen Theory of Change in this way:
I free myself not by trying to be free, but by simply noticing how I am imprisoning myself in the very moment I am imprisoning myself.
What is your gremin’s prison cell like?