What a year it’s been. Graduations, milestones, new jobs and fresh starts. As with every year that came before it, change was the only guarantee. It was the most consequential teacher. The strongest stimulus for growth. And it happened in tiny increments – one step and one page and one day at a time.
Over the past 365 days I walked daily. I read 46 books. I tried Pilates. I drank lemon water. I woke up at the same time seven days a week. I went to bed early. I ate things that fueled my mind, body and soul ranging from chocolate croissants to chicken broth.
I shared my thoughts and I listened while others shared theirs.
I changed my mind. Continue reading
David Brooks wrote a piece for The New York Times called The Moral Bucket List. In it, he talks about résumé virtues and eulogy virtues.
David writes, “The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love? We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.” Continue reading
I went to see the play The Book of Mormon last night and it truly is a funny musical. The whole theatre audience was laughing throughout.
What I loved about the message though, was the idea that you might think you are the teacher, when you are actually the student. In life. As a parent. In your job. As a friend. Continue reading
The other day I was reading an article and it mentioned how there are times in life when we need to hold the space for someone. This is when we are present for a person completely without asking for anything in return. They may be going through a mental illness, a job loss, a tragedy, a health crisis or some other plight. And they need someone to walk beside them without trying to find a solution or tell them what to do or judge their journey. They need someone to hold the space. Continue reading