Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Month: December 2017 (page 1 of 2)

You learn something new every day

You learn something new every day.

This morning the alarm went off at 6 a.m.  I turned on the light and saw a full-on blizzard outside.  It’s day 22 of my rental van and I had to be in a city about 40 minutes away for an early morning hockey tournament game. Continue reading

Silence is the place we get to know ourselves

The holidays are busy.  Cooking, travelling, shopping, preparing, wrapping, washing, running, and decorating.  We never stop.  There is always action around us and it’s hard to find a moment of peace.

It made me remember how powerful silence is.  Yet it’s so hard to find.   Continue reading

I only need a few things to be happy

Snow started falling, I’m 15 days into my car rental as my van is still waiting for parts to be fixed, it’s days before Christmas, and we’re moving.  Sounds pretty frantic but I realized a few things as I carried shoeboxes full of bits and pieces from one home to another.  I only need a few things to be happy. Continue reading

Neurons talk to each other

I was listening to a radio show the other day and a neuroscientist from Vanderbilt University named Suzana Herculano-Houzel was talking about something so interesting.  She was talking about nerve cells called neurons that are in the cortex of the brain.  Those neurons talk to each other and make connections or networks.  The more neurons, the more connections, the more knowledge being passed around.  She said humans have 16 billion neurons.  The next closest is the gorilla with 8 billion neurons.  An elephant has 5 billion neurons.  Dogs have 500 million and cats 250 million. Continue reading

The darkest hour

This week the movie Darkest Hour will be released.  It tells the tale of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in World War II having to decide whether to make peace with Hitler or fight on.  So much of Europe had already fallen to the Nazis and Britain almost lost everything at Dunkirk when regular folks in personal boats had to help bring the British soldiers home to fight against the German attack. Continue reading

He would find his tribe

When my 14-year-old son started high school this year, he was nervous.  He only knew a handful of kids and had no idea what to expect.  I told him to be himself and he would find his tribe.  Then he tried out for the school play.

For the last two nights I watched my quiet son act like a rambunctious elf on stage.  He was embraced by the cast of mostly older students and received countless compliments from his newfound peers. Continue reading

Teaching you how to let go

I saw this quote by author Jackson Kiddard yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks.  It changed me.

“Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is for
teaching you how to stand up
on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is for
teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is for
teaching you courage to
overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.” Continue reading

The most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year is here.  As we hustle and bustle to buy gifts, plan meals, decorate rooms and attend soirees, may we remember the things that really make it wonderful.  Our health, our loved ones, our hope for the future, our ability to help others and our choice to see beauty in the little things. Continue reading

Deflated elves and snowmen

I’ve been following a thread in a Facebook group that really touched my heart.  There is a family in a local city that fills their yard with holiday inflatables each year to make a display that many drive by to see.  It was all set up for this year when the family awoke last week to see that someone had come during the night with a knife and stabbed all the inflatables to the ground.  The front yard was covered in deflated elves and snowmen. Continue reading

Whatever makes a thing unmakes it too

Poet Rachel Richardson said, “Whatever makes a thing unmakes it too.”

Powerful.  So all the qualities we have that make us successful can also bring us down.  It could be perfectionism or work ethic.  It could be our ability to multi-task or focus on one project.  It could be our unending ability to say yes.  Or our need to help anyone who asks.

The thing is, that’s what makes us who we are.  We can’t unlove the part of us that brings challenges because that same DNA helps us climb the mountain as well. Continue reading

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