Purposeful Wanderings

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August2017: Personal Peace in a Divisive World

July 31, 2017

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise.” – Brené Brown, in Rising Strong We live in trying times. A hollow thought anymore it seems, given both overwhelming evidence proving it and incessant commentary lamenting […]

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July2017: Where Does Happiness Live?

June 30, 2017

“Everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything.”– Michael Singer, in The Untethered Soul For 30 years of my adult life, I lived society’s “conventional wisdom” – work hard, know a lot, avoid mistakes, make a lot of money, stay busy, get things right, care what others think, be successful, avoid […]

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June2017: Are You an Original or a Replica?

May 31, 2017

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown We all come into this world as trusting, innocent, collaborative, creative beings. And then we learn we’re not. Through efforts of parents, teachers, friends, managers and media, all blindly echoing what they were taught, we learn we have to become […]

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May2017: When You Don’t Have Enough Time

April 24, 2017

“A something in a summer’s noon, An azure depth, a wordless tune, Transcending ecstasy.” – Emily Dickenson Do you ever (always?) feel rushed, stressed or overwhelmed, believing there’s never enough time to get things done? This idea is so common as to be epidemic: if we’re not insanely busy, there’s something wrong. We respond by blaming […]

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Apr2017: A Culture of Not Knowing

March 30, 2017

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan Have you ever thought about the thoughts that continually run through your head? Strange question, perhaps, but it exposes the idea that you not only have thoughts but you also have a relationship with your […]

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Mar2017: From Divisiveness to Wholeness

February 28, 2017

I am like everyone; I am like some; I am like no other.   — Henry Murray & Clyde Kluckholn, Personality in Nature, Science and Culture One of the “communities” of which I’m a part is made up of former associates from my days with Digital Equipment Corporation. Together we explore human consciousness, and how we […]

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Feb2017: The Stories That Shape Our Lives

January 31, 2017

“Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there and to be guided by truth as one sees it.”             — Mahatma Gandhi Whether you’re a newsletter reader, friend or client, you know I use the world of nature as both backdrop and source of examples for my writing and coaching. The […]

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Jan2017: The Power of Emotion

December 31, 2016

  “We are so intimidated by other people’s emotions and so convinced by our own that we lose sight of the underlying reality.”                                        — Deepak Chopra Our world seems increasingly characterized by high-key emotion. Wherever I go, no matter the situation, I encounter complaint, upset, outrage, fear, or some kind of drama – whether it’s […]

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January 2016: Toward New Beginnings

January 1, 2016

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past Happy New Year to all my long-term (and shorter-term) newsletter readers, community members and supporters. My December 2015 newsletter marked the end of 14 years of monthly issues of Purposeful Wanderings, and I’ve decided […]

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December 2015: Where Does Change Happen?

November 30, 2015

“Possibility lies at the edge of your current perception.” As a regular reader, you probably have a few things you’re working on in life – perhaps developing a new competency (e.g., communicate effectively with ease and grace) or experiencing new levels of fulfillment (e.g., live with a sense of deep peace and meaning). Like most, […]

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