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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

Love of learning

I had some time off work last week and I spent it by water with loved ones while reading and listening to podcasts.   I recently learned through the VIA Character Strength Survey that one of my character strengths is love of learning and this is how I fuel my well-being.  I enjoy thinking about ideas, connecting the dots from different lanes and wrapping my mind around something new.  This is bliss to me. Continue reading

Sapiens

The book Sapiens has been on my bedside table for about two years.  I have so many books to read and just did not get to it.  I started today and the first few paragraphs have me riveted.  And like many stories we have heard before, the book was rejected many times before it was published. Continue reading

Ask a question

I remember my teacher handing out an assignment in Grade 3 and I did not understand what to do next. The room was silent except for the vigorous scratching of pencils on paper as all the other students got to work. I was scared to raise my hand and ask a question because I thought it would make me look bad.

I have learned a lot since then. Continue reading

Man’s search for meaning

I’m currently reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning.  That made me notice an article from Brain Pickings this week that highlighted Frankl’s other work, Yes to Life.  In that piece he quoted a verse from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore:

“I slept and dreamt
that life was joy.
I awoke and saw
that life was duty.
I worked — and behold,
duty was joy.” Continue reading

Trauma

I was listening to a talk by Dr. Gabor Maté and he was speaking about trauma.  He said it comes from the Greek word for wound.  And that trauma can be like an open wound that is painful when touched.  Or it can be something covered over with a hard shell of scar tissue that has no feeling and is difficult to break through. Continue reading

Power through

I was listening to author Elizabeth Gilbert on the Tim Ferriss podcast last week and she fueled my soul.  She spoke about how the language of our experience is always that we should ‘power through.’  But sometimes we can’t.  We need to stop and take care of ourselves.  And then begin again. Continue reading

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?

I heard a quote the other day from Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet. He said, “Do you pay regular visits to yourself?”

And it made me wonder. Do I?

In a world where we are helping others, working with others, raising others, feeding others, do we ever get a chance to stop and sit with ourselves and reflect on where we are, what we want and how we are doing?

This got me reading other quotes by Rumi and there are so many that touch the heart.

“What you seek is seeking you.”

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

“Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”

“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

The way appears. So often, we do not know what to do next. We are living in unprecedented times surrounded by uncertainty. But if we embrace the moment and put one foot in front of the other right now, the way appears.

The door is wide open. If we do not worry about judging ourselves or others, we are free.

Free to live, to love, to visit with ourselves. And if we take that time, we may find out we have a lot to say.

The lessons of history

As I listened to his podcast on my morning walk this week, Tim Ferriss reminded me about a book he recommended that I read a few years back.  It is called The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.  It condenses 10,000 years of history into about 120 pages.  Tim said that when you look at that kind of snapshot, you realize we have been here before.  Plagues, famines, wars.  And we got through it.  As we will again. Continue reading

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