Purposeful Wanderings

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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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Jun2019: A Path of Peace

May 29, 2019

“I keep what’s true in front of me. I won’t get lost that way.” – Richard Wagamese, Embers I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who wouldn’t like more peace … in themselves, in their lives, in the world. I have, however, met many who are unwilling to follow a path that leads to the experience of peace. […]

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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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Feb2019: Problems Are Invitations, Not Threats

January 31, 2019

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people and assign them tasks, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry It seems we’re consumed with the idea of getting things done, “making life happen.” (I was … for years.) Underlying this view is the […]

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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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