Leaving Familiar Ground Part 1

Wendell Berry wrote: ‘Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread.  It is ancient fear of the unknown and it is your first bond...

How Are You Doing Caring For Yourself?

Her name was Melissa. She was part of a group of leaders I was working with. That day we had just covered each person’s personality profile, and I was introducing them to the “Energy Bucket” and the concept of energy centers (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional,...

Personal Accountability

We are in the final month of the year, and the final year of the decade. We are soon heading into the 21st year of this millennium. Do you remember when we thought moving from 1999 to 2000 would wreak havoc on our technology; the number of things that wouldn’t work...

Gratitude for What Wasn’t

The Coach is In…  Gratitude for What Wasn’t Gratitude is often about what we have. Sometimes in life there are things we’re glad we didn’t experience. That is this story. As I write this it is November 11, 2019, Veteran’s Day. This is the day as a nation we stop to...

Optimism

Optimism I have a friend who refers to me as the “terminal” optimist. He is not. We laugh about it. From time to time in my life I have had to temper my optimism with a dose or two of logic; or talk to someone that was more of a ‘realist.’ By and large, however, I...