Purposeful Wanderings

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May2020: The Wisdom of Not Knowing

April 30, 2020

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure the just ain’t so.”  – Mark Twain  My latest project has been to create a series of booklets, (“mini-coaching programs,” if you will) each addressing one of the major challenges facing our lives and times. Among the challenges I see are […]

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Apr2020: Patience and Non-Judgment

March 31, 2020

“Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow is wood; only today does the fire burn brightly.” – Native American proverb It doesn’t take one of my newsletters to know that we’re navigating uncharted territory these days. Unknowns at every turn pull us off center, causing anxiety or stress. But there are ways you can re-center in the midst […]

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Mar2020: Being Prepared for Real Life

March 1, 2020

“Exhaustion is not a status symbol.” – Brené Brown We’re born into this world fully aware, filled with curiosity, wonder, and an inner knowing anything is possible. Need proof? Watch young children play. It’s totally natural – until we learn it’s not. Wonder stops; curiosity falters; learning ceases; self-trust fades; possibility thinking wanes. We had […]

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Jan2020: It’s a Matter of [2020] Perspective

January 1, 2020

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan Think of a person (or an institution) who holds a viewpoint very different from yours. Today, this isn’t a difficult task. Regardless of ‘side,’ opinions are powerful, claims of certainty abundant, “truth” ubiquitous. For […]

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Dec2019: Blame Holds You Back

November 30, 2019

“My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” – Esther Hicks Stress, anxiety, guilt. Have these become your everyday companions? If so, what do you see as the cause? as the change that’s needed? The answer I most often hear runs like this: “It’s his/her/their fault; he/she/they make my life difficult; if only […]

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Nov2019: Why Personal Ritual Matters

October 31, 2019

     “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver Each month I offer insights and perspectives on the challenges affecting our lives and times. And each month I suggest practices (exercises intended to be done repeatedly) so you can gain personal felt experience of […]

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Oct2019: The “Me” Story and the “We” Story

September 29, 2019

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community    finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.”  – Rudolph Steiner Everywhere in nature – including us! – survival and sustainability depend on cooperation and collaboration. Nothing happens alone, or […]

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Sep2019: Why We Do What We Do

August 29, 2019

“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 Have you noticed how much of your time and energy are consumed in defending yourself against unacceptable behavior of people around you? You know … the ones who tell you what […]

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Aug2019: What Are You Committed To? – Part II

July 31, 2019

 “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb Resolving the “big challenges” of our times invites “big commitment” – commitment to the greatest capacities of human consciousness: integrity, respect, compassion, dialogue, critical thinking, personal responsibility, shared belief in the possibility we represent. […]

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Jul2019: What Are You Committed To? – Part I

July 1, 2019

“Our job is to excavate the unsaid. That requires courage and vulnerability.” – Brené Brown Resolving big challenges means making big commitments. Collectively, we certainly have plenty of challenges – as individuals, families, communities, nations, world. Examples: stewardship of our planet, excellence in public education, access to quality health care, information security. Each is wildly […]

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