Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: November 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth

Poet Walt Whitman said, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”

What satisfies one may not satisfy another.  But each person must seek their own truth.

What makes your heart sing?  What makes you jump out of bed and race into your day?  What makes you laugh?  What makes you curious and energized and excited?

That is your truth.

Walt Whitman also said, “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”  Before a million opinions and options and others who see things differently.  Stay composed in your truth.  Forge on towards your dream.

Once you have locked on to your gift, your truth, don’t ever let it go.

As speaker and behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli once said, “Live your truth.  Express your love.  Share your enthusiasm.  Take action towards your dreams.  Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings.  Make today worth remembering.”

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

 

 

Inside out versus outside in

I’m reading a book called Playing Big by Tara Mohr.  She talks about schools training us to learn from the outside in.  Reading textbooks or watching videos or hearing stories about the way it’s done and replicating it.  She says, “The message is that the value we have to contribute on a topic comes from information absorbed from an external source — from the teacher’s lecture, from the homework reading, from research.”

And while that is true to an extent, in order to blaze a trail in life, at your job, in your quest to make change, you have to add something else from the inside.  Your view, your ideas, your solutions.  You have to offer something from the inside out. Continue reading

Things are made to happen

Fifty-four years ago today, on November 22nd, 1963, American President John F. Kennedy was killed as he travelled in his open-car motorcade through Dallas, Texas.

Before he entered politics, he joined the navy.  One night the wooden boat he was in was split in half by a Japanese war ship and the back injury JFK received plagued him for the rest of his life.  But as the leader that night, he had to take care of his men.  He towed one injured sailor, swimming through spilled fuel and waves, to safety.  For this act he received the Purple Heart. Continue reading

Joy’s soul lies in the doing

William Shakespeare said, “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”

As much as we think we’ll be happiest when we reach the top of the mountain, we are actually happiest on the journey.

Joy’s soul lies in the doing. Continue reading

Find out who we already are

In The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield said, “Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” Continue reading

Let go of the life we have planned

John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”  So often we are laser focused on what we think should be happening and we miss what is really going on.  Our very own story.  Our quest.  Our legacy. Continue reading

Death is an important thing to keep in mind

Author R.A. Salvatore said, “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.” Continue reading

There is always something

I realized the other day that there is always something.  Those thoughts we worry about.  It could be a pain in our body.  But we forget about that when there is an issue at work.  And then that gets an override from something our child is going through.  Next it could be our parents or spouse, a fallout with a friend, or an unplanned payment on a house or car.  In the end, all the worry we put into each issue just gets washed away without accomplishing anything.  The issue is often still there but we have moved on from it.  And the energy we invested was wasted. Continue reading

Bill Gates

When people think of Bill Gates, they often focus on the fact that he started Microsoft and is one of the wealthiest people in the world.  And those things are true.

But he was also a kid with a passion for technology before the dawn of computers as we know them today.  When he was a student at Harvard, he heard about the launch of the first personal computer called the MITS Altair.  From his university room, he called the president of that company and said he had written the programming language for that computer and asked if the president would like to see it.  The president said yes and booked a meeting. Continue reading

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