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2015

A Shot of Courage

A Shot of Courage

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  –Winston Churchill

Have courage…

Steps to the Unattainable

Steps to the Unattainable

“The (one) who pursues the mere attainable should be sentenced to get it… only through the unattainable does a man achieve a hope worth living and dying for – and so attain himself.”
– Eugene O’Neill

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Compassion is Human Business

Compassion is Human Business

Recently, I spent a weekend at a Mindfulness Summit in Washington D.C. As we got through the first half-day, I have to confess, I felt like a fraud. There was a lot of talk of mindful meditation, being present, and yoga – to name a few. How do I practice mindfulness? I don’t. I consider myself mindful person, but practice it on a regular basis? I do not.

Truth and Avoiding It

Truth and Avoiding It

As a loyal University of Kansas graduate and die-hard Jayhawk fan, in my 38 years I have never supported or cheered for anything related to the University of Missouri.

Until now.

Core Practice

Core Practice

I am not that woman gleefully balancing on the gym ball in the ab workout ads. I do not like to do core work. I’m just not consistent. I feel like no matter how many different exercises I do, that little soft squishy mommy belly is not going to go away. I want one exercise for the core to just take care of it.

Sit Down and Be Quiet

Sit Down and Be Quiet

I don’t know about you, but I like to talk. I pretty much think I have the answer most of the time. (Ask anyone!)

Horses to Water

Horses to Water

Learning new things can be hard. Teaching can be even harder.

Teaching and leadership have a lot in common. A lot of times as a leader – or, for example, someone trying to teach leadership practices – it can feel like you are leading the horses to water, but no one’s drinking.

Empathy/Creativity Mashup (and Mixtape)

Empathy/Creativity Mashup (and Mixtape)

“True empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple.”  – David Foster Wallace

Empathy and creativity keep coming up in conversation – certainly while following current events in the news, and also around the “water cooler” at Elements.

Proceed Until Apprehended

Proceed Until Apprehended

Sometimes you just have to do something bold and not look back.

Be subversive. Take a risk. 

Powerful Appreciation!

Powerful Appreciation!

This week, I was the beneficiary of a simple but powerful act of unexpected appreciation. I received, from someone I have not talked to in over a year, a brief thank you note for a minor role I played in helping with a project two years ago. I’d been following the project’s recent “next level” success, but am no longer personally involved.

Slack in the Chain

Slack in the Chain

How was your 4th of July weekend? Still holding on to some of that three-day weekend freshness? Do you even remember back to the 4th of July? Wait? What?! It’s the middle of July already!?

Continuity, Found in the English Countryside

Continuity, Found in the English Countryside

Even on vacation, some familiar new practices can pop up.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to meet some friends south of London where we toured Petworth House – a Downton Abbey-esque manor and grounds that have been turned into a museum and vast public park.