Reflections

Reflections are occasional blog posts about what I’ve been noticing, thinking, or doing. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Drawing of coffee mug

Practice Towards Mastery

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I’ve been running a little experiment lately. After reading about mastery and taking a couple of drawing classes, I still don’t like the way I draw. Reading about mastery did nothing for my drawing, but it did encourage practicing. So, I’ve been practicing.
Colorful felt art with threads

Seeking Clarity in the Tangled Threads

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As this year has unfolded, I have a new appreciation for how our lives are all intertwined, the way we touch one another, whether close or far away.
Smoky sunset

Never and Always

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Brief observations on the words never and always. A poem perhaps.
Breathing room

Breathing Room

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A thoughtful client recently reminded me that I’d told her that it’s nearly impossible to feel negative emotions and breathe deeply at the same time. I love my clients. We learn so much from one another.
Bright and shiny objects

Bright and Shiny Objects

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Got something really important to do, but you’re not sure where to start? You can distract yourself with bright and shiny objects—bright ideas and shiny enthusiasm for something that’s easier, simpler, and probably not as important as what you’re avoiding.
Yellow poplar—change happens.

Tools for Transformation: An Introduction

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Tools for Transformation is a series of posts about improving your life, about using yourself, your community, and your resources to make a difference, to add meaning and grace, to explore new territory, and to have more fun. We’ll start with noticing. It’s the first step in initiating or responding to change.
Best foot forward

When Your Friends Are Right

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Who in your life has confidence that’s greater than your doubt? Who loves you enough to tell you when you’re holding back? Find those people and thank them. And be that kind of friend or mentor in someone else’s life.
Rabbit trail

Rabbit Trails: Thinking About Not Worrying About Money

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Thinking about money leads one down some “rabbit trails” of imagination. What would you do if the money were taken care of? What would you leave behind? What would be different?  
Some days are foggy

Some Days Are Foggy

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Some days are foggy. Flights get cancelled. Traffic slows down. Not much choice: ready or not, life slows down. But every now and then, it’s nice to slow down and “feel your way” through an experience.
January racing by

Options and Actions

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January is more than half over, and I’m noticing that I haven’t fulfilled my New Year’s resolutions. I’m beginning to realize that not deciding, not finishing, and keeping my options open are sneaky ways of not doing what I’m here to do on this planet.  
Empty chairs

Grief and Gratitude

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Grieving is a curious experience. I find myself feeling sad and tired. And then I find myself wanting to reach out and go for the gusto—do the things I’ve always wanted to do, go the places I’ve always wanted to go, live life to the fullest.
Telling stories

Have I told you lately…?

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And in the process of telling stories, listening to stories, asking and answering questions, new stories emerge and lives are changed.