#17 – Root for other people’s success

This is #17 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one that I like a lot. Have you felt the twinge, maybe even the jolt of resentment, jealousy, frustration, or anger when someone else, usually a close friend or family member, breaks through to a new level of success? Have you slunkContinue reading “#17 – Root for other people’s success”

#16 – You’ve Got it Better Than You Think

This is #16 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one that I like a lot. I can’t remember when it was and I can’t remember who said it but the idea they expressed has served me well every time I’ve allowed my (mostly) “1st world problems” to get me down. ItContinue reading “#16 – You’ve Got it Better Than You Think”

#8 – Take a break

This is #8 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott If you are reading this on Sunday afternoon, I hope it’s from an easy chair or the sofa. I hope you’ve just returned from a hike,Continue reading “#8 – Take a break”

The Reviews That Matter

I was scrolling through the customer reviews of a movie a friend recommended and I got a terrible case of whiplash. “5 Stars,” “2 Stars,” “5 Stars,” “1 Star,” and on it went. Just at the edge of falling down the list much further than I had ever intended, I remembered something crucial: my friendContinue reading “The Reviews That Matter”

All the Other Selves

I really like this quote: “The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather” ― Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets IContinue reading “All the Other Selves”

Some good, hard questions

Do I insist on action when more reflection is needed? Do I got lost in reflection when I need to get moving? Do I default to the comfort of my competence when the discomfort of connection is what the moment requires? Do I tend to think my way into a new way of feeling orContinue reading “Some good, hard questions”

Living a Redwood Life

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.” {William Blake} Last year at this time, with the semester drawing to a close, I decided to share with my students some images fromContinue reading “Living a Redwood Life”

Feeling Words

I was reminded the other day of just how easily my default responses flow from my highly developed rational self (left brain) rather than from my more vulnerable, less practiced emotional self (right brain). I seek concrete explanations and action steps – my need to know how and why and to know it right now!Continue reading “Feeling Words”