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

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The Comfort Book

I’m currently reading The Comfort Book by Matt Haig and it’s definitely quite comforting. He writes, “Imagine yourself as a baby. You would look at that baby and think they lacked nothing. That baby came complete. Their value was innate from their first breath. Their value did not depend on external things like wealth or appearance or politics or popularity. It was the infinite value of a human life. And that value stays with us, even as it becomes easier to forget it. We stay precisely as alive and precisely as human as we were the day we were born. The only thing we need is to exist. And to hope.” Continue reading

Floating in the air

There is a house being renovated on a street where I often walk. The ground beneath it has completely been dug out to underpin the foundation and there is a massive excavator in that hole, under the front wall. The whole house looks like it’s floating in the air.

And when I passed it yesterday, I noticed that there is still a holiday wreath on the front door. It made me smile and think about how we’re all kind of like that house. Our foundation has been broken down through years of uncertainty, a global virus, interruptions of jobs, school, milestones, and anything else that was part of ‘normalcy.’ Yet, we soldier on, a wreath on our front door, while our feet stumble to find something solid to stand on. And when we find it, we put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. Our mindset is everything. Continue reading

Delight other people

Adam Robinson is an author, US Chess Federation life master and co-founder of The Princeton Review.  When speaking with Tim Ferriss on his podcast, Adam said that he lives his life trying to delight other people.   He said, “If you’re going to a meeting with a venture capitalist because you’re looking for funding for your startup, or you’re going on a date, or you’re going on a job interview, forget the fact that it’s an interview; you’re going to delight the other person.  That’s what you’re there for, first and foremost and to make a connection.  And if you do, if that’s your focus as opposed to getting the job or getting the funding, then you get magic and miracles.  That should be your primary focus.  And what it does is it gives you infinite power because you want nothing, and you’re offering everything.  All I want in this moment now, with you, sitting in front of you on your couch, is to connect with you and to delight you.” Continue reading

The moment my three children were laid on my chest

The moment my three children were laid on my chest after being born.  When the surgeon came out of the operating room and said, “Your mom is going to be fine.”  The big hug my Irish grandma gave me as I ran into her arms after travelling across the ocean to see her.  Standing at the podium as MC at my high school graduation.  Opening the box that contained the first copy of my published book. Continue reading

The way it’s done

This is the way it’s done.  This is the way society says it should happen.

It starts when we’re young.  Choose these courses.  Take this degree.   Start this job.  Buy this property.

And then one day we realize that we weren’t really sure about any of those decisions and we’re not truly happy, but we’re stuck.  With bills and commitments and things we started that we feel we need to finish. Continue reading

A little wicked inside us

We all have a little wicked inside us.  I brought my 10-year-old daughter to see the play Wicked last week and it was incredible.  Reminded me how we can be guilty of judging a book by its cover.  How we can fall into the trap of labelling the “bad guy” and the “good guy.”  Or the wicked witch and the good witch.  Even though we might be dead wrong. Continue reading

Owning our story

Author Brené Brown said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Continue reading

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