“Sometimes you need a friend whispering advice in your ear and telling you to breathe at those most difficult moments in the work when you really need to hear it.”
Someone really nice said that to me yesterday. Great timing as I gear up to simultaneously launch my first book into the world, wrap up a crazy year, plan for an even crazier 2017, and plan for the holidays. So, I’m passing along the advice.
Our personal stories are shaped by many (many!) factors – where we grew up, how many siblings we have, our ethnic or religious background and culture, our race and gender. Things we may not even think of. I happen to be 6’ tall. Being a 6’ tall woman has shaped my experience in the world in significant ways.
For a long time people have been asking me when I’m going to write a book. Well, it’s finally that time! On December 15, you’ll be able to download Finding Time to Lead. I hope you like it.
“The simple and honest process of letting people know that discomfort is normal, it’s going to happen, why it happens, and why it’s important, reduces anxiety, fear and shame.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
Who speaks, sows; who listens, reaps.
– Argentine proverb
What makes someone a good listener?
Choice is a funny thing.
Sometimes we want to choose.
Sometimes we want to be told.
We have to the power to choose nearly every minute of every day.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” –Winston Churchill
“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.
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!?