Inspiration

Happy Re-New Year!

2017 is almost over. Time for renewal. Time to make room for new stuff in a new year. New relationships, new opportunities, new challenges, new adventures. New stories of personal and communal gains. In short, it’s time to recommit to re-NEW-al! But, first… You gotta take stock. Take a realistic look at where you’re sitting…

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Beyond the Fog

“Beyond the fog lies clarity.” — Anonymous   Early one crisp June morning, while on a short vacation to the Tennessee mountains, I had what I now call a “beyond the fog” moment. Standing, for quite some time, on the balcony, not really focusing; in more of a meditative than contemplative state, I was just…

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What Happened to the Dream?

  For purposeful and focused writing and deep, meaningful conversation, consider talking with your students and having them write about this January 16, 2017 New Yorker Magazine cover by Kadir Nelson, my all time favorite illustrator. What do you see? What does ii make you think of? What are Nelson and The New Yorker saying?…

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Just Sing!

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.  — Joan Oliver Goldsmith Not putting a foot forward until we can put our best foot forward. Always doing it right. Perfectionism. Fear. Doubt. Ego. We have all had those places in our lives…

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The Three Questions

In Jon J Muth’s picture book entitled The Three Questions, a boy named Nikolai struggles with three important questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions,  is one of my favorite books…

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Lessons from Lusaka

“ What do you want for yourself from this trip to Zambia?” Paulette, my therapist asked me. After a brief pause, I answered. “To learn about myself. That’s it. The one thing I know to be true about me is that in order for me to delve more deeply into myself, to do the kind…

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Three Little Words

Today, I received a Facebook message in the form of one sentence. A question, really. Three little words. “ How. Are. You? ” And let me tell you, my heart sang! I mean, I had a visceral response. I could feel it. Something stirred within me. I felt lifted! What’s funny is that the question…

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Get Real. Get Authentic.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and…

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Of Pathways and Trampled Lives

This reflection ended up being a poem. It was written in one of my “stuck” moments in which I had to write myself into forward motion.  Blessings!   Of Pathways and Trampled Lives So, where do I go from here? Do I stay on the same path? Walk slowly? Tread lightly? Stop along the way to…

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Consider the Lilies

  For much of my life I’ve been a worrywart. I’ve spent a lot of time looking toward the next big thing. Sometimes, I could see it clearly, much like a vision, I suppose. I would grow restless and frustrated, wanting the vision to become reality so I could move on. To what? Satisfaction? Peace?…

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