har·mo·ny: A pleasing combination of elements in a whole
Imagine a choir performing a beautiful song. Hear all the textures, the layers of tone, the dynamics of loud and soft. It takes all of those voices, each one unique, to create the experience. It is the combination of sound that makes the music so sweet. Alone, any one of those parts is not nearly as pleasant as the whole.
You are whole. So often we try to diminish parts of our selves, we hide what we perceive as flaws or silence parts that make us uncomfortable. We bench members of our choir, for fear, for shame, for reasons that may not be easy to articulate. Read more
Can you remember a moment in your life when someone surprised you with a thank you? Not because you gave them a gift or did something out of the ordinary, but just because you were doing what you normally do. It is so special to have someone reflect back to you the difference you have made. I sincerely hope you can recall such a moment!
It is important to feel appreciated and acknowledged. We work for money and personal fulfillment, yes. But it feels so good when someone takes notice of our work and says so. We offer help and support because we care, and yet a heartfelt thank you can go a long way. It inspires us to continue being open and reassures us that our efforts matter. Read more
As a kid , I always loved a creative challenge. When bored, I would ask my Mom to make-up quizzes for me. My sister and I often made mysteries for each other, creating a scavenger hunt of clues. I would draw a squiggle on a blank page and then happily turn it into a drawing, delighting in the possibilities that a single line could offer. Oh boy, such fun.
As a grown-up, one of my favorite creative puzzles became songwriting. An idea would land on me from who knows where and then I would have to flush it out. To do this I would need the prefect trifecta of melody, chord changes and lyrics to properly to serve the initial inspiration. This was maddening, but also completely enjoyable. The reward of a finished song was worth every struggle, and tantrum. I would lose myself in the process only to find myself in the end. Read more
People all around me seem to be taking bold steps. Somehow the time has ripened for them to claim ownership of their lives and take a leap. I have watched people:
- Pack up to move across the country for a simpler life
- Dare to fall in love
- Decide to run for office
- Train for a marathon for the second time, even though they didn’t get to run the first time
- Let go of the past to step into the future
- Start a business, realizing their talent could be their career
So, why now? I suppose the answer would be different for all of them. Circumstances can precipitate such a leap, of course. Timing plays its integral part, as well. But there has to be something more. All too often, we wait for the timing and circumstance to be JUST RIGHT, standing at the station watching trains go by, certain that the perfect train is yet to come. Read more