The Treasure You Seek

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

Mary Oliver

When I do my presentation at schools and corporations about embracing failure and having grit, I start with the Mary Oliver quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Continue reading

Becoming

I am reading Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and it is an excellent book.  What a journey she travelled from the South Side of Chicago sharing the top floor of a house with her parents and brother to the White House.  She remembers being drawn in when she went to listen to her friend Barack, a law student doing a placement where she was a lawyer, speak at a community meeting.  He said, “You can live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.”  You can have hope. Continue reading

This year they wanted the gold

My 15-year-old son and I are just back from an away hockey tournament.  He’s played with this group of boys for a few years and they have all grown close.  They have been to this tournament a number of times, but always ended up with silver.  This year they wanted the gold. Continue reading

Too much challenge

I’ve decided to take the Too Much Challenge.  What is something that is ‘too much’ in our life?  Too much stress?  Too much sugar?  Too much scheduling?  Too much alcohol?  Too much Netflix?   Continue reading

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

One hundred women

Yesterday was a day of firsts for the United States government.  One hundred women were sworn into the House of Representatives and six women into the Senate.  The speaker of the house is also a woman… Nancy Pelosi.  The first Native American women, the first Muslim woman, the first Palestinian-American woman also joined the team.  One hundred years after some women were first granted the right to vote in 1918. Continue reading

Golden nuggets on time management

I’m currently reading The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes and it is full of golden nuggets on time management and ticking off the list towards your goals.

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Hours away from a new year

Only hours away from a new year.  A blank page.  A fresh start.  The possibilities are endless.

I am making a non-resolution list.  Things I am NOT going to do in 2019.

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The 46 things I have learned in 46 years

I can’t believe my birthday is almost here.  I’ve learned a lot over four plus decades and thought I would pen a piece about the 46 things I have learned in 46 years. Continue reading

Laverne & Shirley

There are certain television shows that bring you right back to your youth.  For me, they are Welcome Back Kotter, Happy Days, Family Ties, Three’s Company and Laverne & Shirley. Continue reading

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