Life is always there

Sometimes it is small and just barely there. Sometimes it grows out of nothing into something. Sometimes it’s in the middle of the path. Sometimes we notice it and sometimes we don’t. Life is always there, it is always happening. It is among the greatest disciplines we can practice, that of expecting to encounter lifeContinue reading “Life is always there”

To Accept Oneself

“Fully alive people accept and love themselves as they are.” – John Powell, S.J. This week I am going to explore each of the five elements of John Powell’s “essential steps into the fullness of life.” These steps, as described in his book, Fully Human Fully Alive are: 1. to accept oneself 2. to be oneselfContinue reading “To Accept Oneself”

What’s your story?

Today I asked my students to think of a recent experience when they were fully engaged, be it at work, in school or with some other endeavor. I asked them to think of an instance when time slowed down, they were hyper-focused, and they were both cognitively and emotionally dedicated to the work at hand.Continue reading “What’s your story?”

A Body in Motion (II)

Begin and adjust or wait and wonder. Get started and discover what’s possible or delay until you’re “ready” and forever dream what might have been. “This is incredibly difficult,” is only said by those with the courage to begin. “This is extraordinary! Look what we found!” is only said by those who get underway. “TheContinue reading “A Body in Motion (II)”

Any Given Day

On any given day… You can pay attention. You can notice what happens as you engage and are engaged by the people around you. You can shrink from them, rise to meet them, learn from them, absorb their discomfiting needs, discard their demands, invite them in. On any given day, you can also ignore. WhoeverContinue reading “Any Given Day”

Move toward aliveness

“…anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” – from “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte Move toward aliveness, in all ways and at all times. It’s the only way to stay present, to stay vital, to stay engaged, to stay young…in mind, heart and body. We are pulled, pulled,Continue reading “Move toward aliveness”

Go Do It

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), theologian and civil rights leader We are living at such an extraordinary time when it comes to career options and opportunities. It’s a timeContinue reading “Go Do It”

Your Job or Your Work?

Are you a leader because of the role you play or are you a leader because of the work you do? Put another way: you were hired to do a job. Is that really your work? Put another way: what is so alive in you, so energizing to you that it is worth doing noContinue reading “Your Job or Your Work?”