Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Tag: Change

It reminds you who you are

The thing about art is it reminds you who you are.  The reason you laugh or cry or think is because it stirs something inside you that you recognize.  And it pulls a reaction from you.  Continue reading

Moved for the fourth time in four years

Last week we moved for the fourth time in four years.  I must admit, I was in denial the last few weeks before the big day.  The schedule was full of appointments and events and dance competitions.  The packing and purging loomed before me.   Our elementary school was having a book bonanza so I ended up donating about 12 bags of books to the cause.  It looked like I had robbed a library.

Three days before the move, just before dinner, my cell phone rang.  It was my 13-year-old son’s friend saying, “Your son has been hit by a car on his bike.  You should come!”

Every mother’s nightmare.  I dropped what I was doing and ran.  Thankfully after riding to the hospital by ambulance and getting all the tests done, he walked away with a few bruises.  This reminded me that no matter where we lay our heads at night, the most important thing is being with the ones you love.

Author Tim Ferriss talks about something called fear setting instead of goal setting.  A few times a year he makes a list of all the things he is scared of.  Then he follows through with what would happen should that fear come true.  He has even fasted or lived on oatmeal for a period of time to see if he could survive on very little.  And of course he did.  So then he wipes that fear off the list.  And he can take action without worrying that he won’t survive the consequences.

Once the boxes were unpacked and the cupboards and shelves were full of books and plates and clothes after our move, I looked around and thought, “What was I so scared of?”  As U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

So make the move, take the interview, meet the new person.  Once you do it, you will realize you were being held back by the story in your head.  And you can re-write that story any time you choose.

Add some extra into our ordinary

How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019?  Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading

Fear itself

American president Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Fear can paralyze you.  Stop you from speaking up, trying something new, making a change.   Continue reading

You can change it

Steve Jobs said, “Life can be so much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people who were no smarter than you.  And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.  Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Continue reading

A peaceful fight

On January 26, 1950, 68 years ago, the Republic of India was born.  For decades a quiet lawyer named Mahatma Ghandi had led a peaceful fight to gain independence from Britain. Continue reading

People are so resilient

People are so resilient.  You go to a new job or house or club or school and it seems so strange.  Then before you know it, it’s like you’ve been there forever. Continue reading

Suffering that is familiar

Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh said, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Continue reading

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