Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

I need a breath of fresh air.

You take my breath away.

It is breathtaking.

I am out of breath.

I need to take a breather.

Give me room to breathe.

He was breathing down my neck.

Don’t breathe a word.

Our breath is the most natural process in the body. Just look to our everyday language for our awareness of the importance of the breath.  From the moment we let ‘er rip in that first bawling breath to the moment of our last exhale, we are being breathed every moment of our existence. I say ‘being breathed’ because, for most of us, this simply happens and thank goodness we don’t have to think about the breath! Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Continue reading “Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.”

Collaboration Begins as an Inside Job

“Collaboration is one of the finest, finest gifts of artistry.” – kd lang

I was preparing for a meeting the other day about a collaborative venture, eager to explore the possibilities of a synergistic approach to a common interest. In preparation, I marshaled all the facts at my disposal, as well as my available tools and insights, then I made my lists. I gave thought to the skills, resources and experiences of the individuals involved — noting how well they mesh and the power they bring when combined for possibilities far beyond the disparate pieces.

This is the very definition of collaboration, bringing together skills, ideas, tools, resources, insights and experiences in mysterious and marvelous co-creation.  Make room in the mix for a bit of mystery and — voila — a new and remarkable something comes into being!

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Bearing The Unbearable

Bearing The Unbearable

The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”

– Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author

Sometimes life’s challenges feel too difficult to bear. Loss. Violence. Tragedy. Circumstance. Local and global events that defy comprehension. What do we do with it all? How can we make sense of things that defy rational understanding? What do we do with emotions that threaten to capsize us completely? How do we respond? Where do we even begin to bear the unbearable? Continue reading “Bearing The Unbearable”

Mystery

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

– Albert Einstein, The World As I See It

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There is so little room for mystery in our busy, fast paced, technologically-saturated world. With mobile devices affixed to our bodies and google at-the-ready, there is nothing we cannot know.

I think that may not necessarily be a good thing. Continue reading “Mystery”