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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.

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The Color Purple

I remember Oprah telling the story about when she first read The Color Purple. She was so moved that she bought the book for everyone and had a backpack full of copies. She handed them out wherever she went.

Then she heard they were making the book into a movie. She had to be in it. But she had never acted before and was working on a news show in Chicago. Producer Quincy Jones was in Chicago for business, and he happened to see her on his hotel television. He put her name forward for the role. Continue reading

The art of thinking

I was listening to Freakonomics Radio this week and heard philosopher Scott Hershovitz say that philosophy is the art of thinking. It was actually one of his young children who gave that definition.

He said that kids are all natural philosophers. They ask questions like, “Why is the sky blue? Why does a lemon taste sour and sugar taste sweet?”

Then as adults, we tend to stop marinating those thoughts. We are full steam ahead. We are inclined to follow societal norms and accept the current answers and the ways of doing things. Continue reading

Be what you want to see

You have to be what you want to see.

I heard that line recently and it reminded me that the power lies within.

As Glinda the Good Witch told Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”

And on the journey of learning about our power, we end up growing in ways we never dreamed of before. Continue reading

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for

Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. I really needed to be reminded of this. Rather than waiting for the phone to ring or the promotion to come or the lottery machine to start ringing, we just need to look in the mirror. Continue reading

People treat you how they feel

I heard a quote last week that really made me think. The saying was, “People treat you how they feel.” The wounded wound is what I always told my kids when there was drama in elementary school or high school. Everyone has a story.

If someone is happy, they will most likely move through the world with joy. If they are hurt or devastated or angry or helpless, that will probably come out in their everyday reactions too. Continue reading

Our guitar solo of a life

Physician and speaker BJ Miller was chatting on Freakonomics Radio, and he asked what we are all doing with our guitar solo of a life. He became a triple-amputee when electrocuted on top of a train while a student at Princeton and he specializes in end-of-life care.

He talked about death being something everyone should learn about in school and how it is part of the beautiful journey of life. I’m sure he has had many conversations with those in their final days about what they would do differently if they had more time.

What are we all doing with our guitar solo? Are we playing with abandon, living out our dreams, passionate about jumping out of bed in the morning? Continue reading

We only see two per cent

I was listening to Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired Magazine, on the Freakonomics podcast. He mentioned how research shows that when we meet someone, we only see two per cent of who they are and they only see two per cent of who we are. Everyone has a story that many of us don’t know about. So keep that perspective before making a judgement. Often we decide things off that ‘first impression.’ But there is so much more to it.

He also said we only know about ten per cent of ourselves. Imagine that! We’ve known ourselves for our whole life, yet we have so much more to learn about who we are. Continue reading

AJ Croce

I heard a moving story on the radio show Sunday Morning about Father’s Day. It was about AJ Croce, a singer and musician, who has suffered much loss in his life.

Just before his second birthday, his musician father died in a plane crash. In the next few years, his mother’s boyfriend physically abused him and caused him to become blind. His family home burned down when he was fifteen and his wife recently passed away of a rare heart condition. Lots of tragedy. Continue reading

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