Making Peace

Sometimes achieving peace without begins within. It begins with reconciling our heart with our head, facing head on those things we might rather avoid. It means taking a personal inventory of our behaviors and choices; making amends with those we have hurt or been hurt by. It means meeting others where they are and as [...]

Protected: Abandoning Ourselves

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Imperfectly United

Thought for the day: Just as our imperfection and differences have the power to divide us, so too, can they be leveraged to unite us. When we allow ourselves to see our own good in others or others' shortcomings in ourselves, our perspective begins to change and the chance to make a different choice emerges. [...]

On Being Ourselves…

Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to simply be ourselves; to sit in centered stillness, void of our masks, labels, and other outer adornments of success. Yet it is this very willingness to be vulnerable; this willingness to seek radical acceptance from within, that enables deep connection with others and the possibility of true [...]

The Battle Within

'They' say life is less about what happens to us, than how we respond to it, and that our attitude affects outcomes.  I believe in these principles and have often written about the same. Put a smile on our face, respond with equal parts humility, forgiveness, gratitude and surrender, and all will be fine. Only [...]

Living an Undivided Life

Recent years have fill filled with unearthing, rebirthing, and giving life to my own voice and dreams. Left brain (re)united with the right, it's been a season of learning to live an undivided life -- not just privately within my own heart and mind, but professionally, too -- allowing others to see and connect with my whole [...]

On the Question of Trust, Sharks, Users and Takers

So often I am reminded of a conversation I had with a long-term mentor of mine almost two years ago.  "How do you discern who you can trust?" he asked.  How indeed, I thought silently to myself. My answer then, as it remains, was that it was less important to know where others are coming [...]

How Do You Judge Thee?

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, judgement is defined as:  a proposition stating something believed or asserted; a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion; or the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing.  Capitalize the word and it takes on the power of Divine authority. Yes.  We judge others, just as we 'exercise' [...]

The Power of Thought

Too often we say to ourselves or others, "how could this happen to me/to us/to our company?"  We believe we are powerless over forces and circumstances that seem to swirl about us as if in some conspiratorial way.  In this powerlessness, we cast ourselves as victims in our own drama, the villain always being someone [...]

Our Own Best Advice

Why is it that we so often have wisdom for others, but ignore our own advice when it comes to ourselves?  We offer a sympathetic ear, weigh the person's dilemma with a heady dose of objectivity - our friend's best interests always at heart, and present morsels of insights...bits of wisdom or advice that might [...]