To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective

I was walking along the beach the other day doing what so many of us do—thinking about the things in my life that I want to fix—when I noticed a crooked Christmas tree someone had planted in the sand. The tree was leaning far to the left and had an uneven shape. I wasn’t inContinue reading “To Change Your Life, Change Your Perspective”

749 Likes

An image I posted on Insta got 749 likes.   I told the cat this as I cleaned her box. “749 likes,”   I said again. She jumped in, peed, got out, and moved to the next thing.   749 likes don’t change the fact that I clean a cat box.    

If Not Now, When?

Our best selves don’t happen by accident. Most of us don’t just fall into our dream jobs or instantly have the lives we want. In fact, most people who succeed have been quietly working at it for a very long time. They’ve been making steady progress. The good news is that success is replicable. ByContinue reading “If Not Now, When?”

Unchained

How would it feel if you gave yourself permission to reimagine what you view as true?   If you shoved the lead door of “I can’t” open just enough to get a glimpse of daylight, to peek at possibilities?   If you unchained yourself from having to be right, and from doing things the way they’ve   alwaysContinue reading “Unchained”

The Live in Peace Challenge

We often use the epitaph “rest in peace” when referring to those who have died. It’s a lovely thought, and one I think we should extend to the living. What if “live in peace” was what we all wanted for ourselves and for others? Live in Peace If “live in peace” guided our actions, whatContinue reading “The Live in Peace Challenge”

The Warm Hearth

A warm hearth is a shelter, a place that draws us in, invites us to sit a while.   Its humble strength allows us to come together, to see each other in a softer light.   It is here, at the hearth, that we come home to each other and to ourselves.   As theContinue reading “The Warm Hearth”

What Do You Want to Accomplish in Your Lifetime?

I’m a planning junkie. In the last 30 years, I’ve tried dozens of systems, have read stacks of books about planning, have taken seminars and have used many of the planners on the market. I start thinking about planners in June. By July, I’m researching them. My fellow junkies and I spend hours discussing plannerContinue reading “What Do You Want to Accomplish in Your Lifetime?”

You Are Not Broken

When I hear people say that we’re all broken, I think about the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The misfit toys—all unwanted because of their imperfections—live on an island, away from the rest of the toys. They wait on the island  until their ruler finds a child who will loveContinue reading “You Are Not Broken”

How We Spread the Very Things We Hate

The words we use have a ripple effect. They can either spread peace, kindness and compassion, or they can give fuel to the very hatred we’re trying to stop. In short, we get more of what we focus on. So we can choose to put our words and energy toward the change we want orContinue reading “How We Spread the Very Things We Hate”

Make the Most of Your Energy

Like many people, I sometimes end the day feeling that I didn’t make good use of my time that day—that I got some necessary little stuff done, but that I didn’t chip away at the initiative that’s most important to me. Or that I did make progress on the big thing, but the quality ofContinue reading “Make the Most of Your Energy”