Purposeful Wanderings

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Dec2017: How Goals Hold You Back

November 29, 2017

“In the measurement world, you set a goal and strive for it. In the universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold into it.” – Ben & Roz Zander, The Art of Possibility You know the story: “You’ve got to have goals. They’ve got to be big. And you’ve got to achieve […]

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Nov2017: Powerful Conversations

October 27, 2017

“A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.” – Unknown How do “difficult conversations” go for you? You know, the ones with conflict, emotion, high stakes, people you’re afraid of or people you don’t like. Unconsciously, it’s easy […]

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Oct2017: Life in the Fast Lane

September 29, 2017

“A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent storm, but the tree can’t grow roots just as the storm appears on the horizon.” – The Dalai Lama It seems we’re always in such a rush – rushing to work, rushing at work, rushing from work, rushing to get errands and chores done, even rushing to create “quality time” in the […]

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Sep2017: Personal Peace is a Practice

September 1, 2017

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin I love living on Cape Cod. I’m drawn by the milder winters, milder summers, a National Seashore, quaint villages, tiny harbors, an ever-changing landscape, a less-hurried stance on life. Living here year-round creates a challenge, however. Especially in the […]

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Aug2017: 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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Jul2017: 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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Jun2017: 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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