Moving forward into 2013: Endure, advance and achieve by following surely at the right pace.


Last week a colleague commented on a jogger passing by: "She's about finished with her run."  He could tell by her posture and breathing that she was worn out.  She could no longer endure.    I remarked that when a runner is pacing themselves for distance, their breathing is even and step relaxed yet energetic …

The Deep: Great ships need fathomless depths for support.


2012 feels like a great fight scene in an action film: Suspenseful anticipation followed by super-fast, ridiculously impossible athletic feats that defy the laws of physics and the street. And just when you think you know what to expect, slow motion kicks in and everything ramps up.  You watch transfixed and excited, rooting for whoever …

Sowing into the ultimate win-win: Applying sustainable development principles to your personal life and thinking


How often have you found yourself cursing a choice you made, when you knew, you just knew you could have done better or should have chosen differently?  How often have you gotten a sense that something wasn't quite right, but you just couldn't figure out exactly what went wrong, why, or what to do about it? You reap …

Rationing goodness: Don’t let your flaws and fears stop you from stepping up.


Life isn't apparently good all the time. The people, situations, thoughts and circumstances presented to us are often not only unideal, uncomfortable, or not preferred... They can be downright bad, meaning to cause us hurt, reveling in the possibility. When we discern this, in recognizing and understanding it, we face a danger different than we …

Noise: Let nothing disturb your focus, and nothing force you to struggle.


It's been noisy recently.  Distractions in all forms pulling and blurring focus. Yesterday afternoon, determined to continue songwriting, I entered the peace and comfort of our backyard.  Seated in the refreshing autumn air under waning sunlight I drank in clear skies, brilliant blossoms, vibrant new growth in shifting seasons. Closing my eyes to softly clouded …

On Elections and Voting: Empower others


Why worry about who someone's voting for or why?  Where is the power in that? Why not focus instead on whether someone has found their voice, whether they are exercising their power by voting, whether they are encouraging others to vote?  That is powerful. In 2008, I cried watching diverse people of all ages and …

Truth: Anxiously waiting for a reward isn’t being patient.


I have a puppy. He's awesome, spunky, sweet and frisky.  He loves playing in water, snuggling, and being impossibly adorable.  My dad named him Sputnik.  Sputs for short.  In training Sput I've accepted some interesting truths: 1) Apparently puppies can never have enough treats. 2) If Sputnik stands to snatch the treat when I tell …