Food for Thought

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Stillness in Darkness

March 19, 2019

Imagine you are lost in the middle of a dense forest and the light is beginning to fade. You can no longer tell which direction will lead you out, and which will lead you deeper into the wild. As emotions become untethered and hope becomes intangible, your instincts may tell you to stay on the familiar path and avoid the unknown that lurks in the shadows.
 

However, if you are brave enough to lean into the darkness and find stillness, you may find that your eyes adjust. Before long, the ominous unknown becomes familiar territory and you see that....

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Tell me...

January 22, 2019

As we say goodbye to another brilliant creative spirit, we are again left with the reminder that life is fickle and we are fragile things. Armed with this knowledge, as we face the wild Unknown Next, we can choose to play it safe or we can play to win. It may be tempting to play it safe; to keep a steady pace through life and allow our dreams to satisfy our desires, without risk of disappointment.

However, those of us who value courage and contribution may struggle to stay on the sidelines, or settle for a participation ribbon. We know that the only way to...

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Hold Fast, dear dreamer

February 25, 2019

Being asked to dream big can feel daunting for those who have been disappointed by reality. It’s true that some dreams don’t come true, and others have to adapt to accommodate circumstances. However, the journey to those dreams can bring unexpected opportunities to evolve, expand possibilities, and connect with a greater sense of purpose.
 

Once, while coaching with an organisation, the team was asking for a major culture-shift and they proposed several changes to their manager. After saying no to every idea, the manager....

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Dive into the dance

January 14, 2017

Change can be chaotic, which is unnerving for those who seek safety in the familiar. Since change isn’t going anywhere anytime soon (or it’s going everywhere, all the time, depending on how you look at it) perhaps it would be wise to get familiar with chaos.

A few years ago, during an especially turbulent time, a friend told me, “what you need now, is to cultivate a core sense of safety that is unwavering and unaffected by outside forces.” I laughed at the the casual way she presented such a massive undertaking, but I also knew she was right. I had a lot of work to do...

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Just add pressure

January 6, 2019

Pressure can get a bad wrap, since so many people are overburdened with it, externally and internally. Too much pressure to succeed, fit in, settle down, or win can strangle the life force out of a life-plan, or push someone to the point of breaking.  On the other hand, not enough pressure can lead to underdeveloped abilities, a lack of drive, or a disempowered sense of self.

 

In her 2012 TEDTalk, Leymah Gbowee says that what is needed is to create space to unlock the intelligence, passion, and all of the other good things that are held inside. As I think of this statement...

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