Purposeful Wanderings

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May2019: What’s Your Story?

April 30, 2019

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” – Brené Brown   Talking Story is tradition in Hawaii. It’s a foundation of aloha, that pervasive spirit Hawaiians truly feel and live about the universal connectedness we share … with one another, with the rhythm of life, with the […]

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Apr2019: Labeling Leads to Divisiveness

March 31, 2019

When I’m asked for the elevator speechthat sums up my work, I respond, “I always take the stairs, so I don’t have one. If you’d like to walk with me a while, I’d love to talk. I don’t know of a life worth living or work worth doing that can be reduced to a sound […]

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Mar2019: A Culture of Blame

March 1, 2019

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi   They’re wrong. He’s useless. She made me angry. That’s fake news. I’m not good enough. She has no clue. He did me in. It’s a hoax. Life isn’t fair … and so on … You’ve heard them; […]

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Jan2019: Waking to Our True Nature

January 1, 2019

  “Nothing in the universe ever grew from the outside in.” – Richard Wagamese, in Embers, One Ojibway’s Meditations. Life is difficult. Just ask people; they’ll tell you. Or don’t ask them; they’ll probably tell you anyway. Then they might tell you they’re making New Year’s resolutions, perhaps as a way to regain hope … in life, […]

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Dec2018: I Thought I WAS Thinking

November 30, 2018

“We keep our island in our mind, and when it’s time to find home, we know the way.” – from the movie Moana  The Zen card I drew this morning was “Right Thought.” It read, “You are what you think. Think it today, become it tomorrow. Nothing can help you or hurt you as much as […]

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Nov2018: Life Is Uncertain; Why Aren’t We?

October 28, 2018

“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   Everywhere we look, we see how uncertain things are: hurricanes, earthquakes, disease, relationships, jobs, even a truck around the next curve. On the surface, we seem to accept this is […]

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Oct2018: Self-Care is not Self-ish

October 1, 2018

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.” – Anaïs Nin   You matter. Your life matters. You are here for a reason. You can’t be that reason if you’re being someone else’s. If you are to manifest your own potential, you need to build a foundation strong enough […]

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Sep2018: A Life in Balance

August 28, 2018

“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”   ― Wendell Berry When we think about the idea of balance in our lives, it’s often in the context of work vs. […]

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Aug2018: Living Like You Matter: You DO

August 1, 2018

“We all continually move on the edges of eternity, and are sometimes granted vistas through the fabric of illusion.”             – Ansel Adams, Autobiography   At the end of this month, I will have lived on this planet for 72 years. While there are many who would think of me as old, I am not among […]

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Jul2018: Choosing “Home” – Part 4: Falling Down

June 30, 2018

“Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our […]

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