Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

We all know someone like this: they’ve been doing what they do for twenty years and they think that gives them twenty years of experience, when, in fact, they have one year of experience that they’ve simply repeated for twenty years.    Years ago, when I was around 23 or so, I had an epiphany that was painful at the time…
Confronting our demons

Confronting our demons

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing."-- August Wilson (1945-2005), American Playwright This quote speaks to me in so many ways.  The people whom I meet that are the most compelling and powerful and inspiring are those people who…
The confidence to test a comfort zone

The confidence to test a comfort zone

Awhile ago, while I was coaching a manager, I was asked why it is that I am willing to venture outside of my comfort zone.  At that time, I don't think I had a very good answer.  However, since then, as I'm tackling something new or venturing into new territory, I've been paying attention to that question.  The answer that…
Truly Alive, Fully Awake

Truly Alive, Fully Awake

In February of this year, I began a new habit of working out on the bike trainer, which is down in our sun room.  It was late afternoon on a Sunday and I was in the midst of my second workout on the bike.  It was brutal.  I felt sluggish.  I decided that I might not be able to maintain…
Learning to cherish what I have

Learning to cherish what I have

It’s amazing how we don’t always truly cherish – not just appreciate – what we have. Two years into my illness, having spent most of those days in bed, I had gained weight and lost a lot of strength.  This was difficult for me.  I was accustomed to being a nice size 4 (never mind that I essentially had to…