Here’s some wisdom on worry that’s worth sharing. Thanks, Dad! Whatever it is that you’re worried about, ask yourself this question… “If I don’t do anything about this situation, what will change in the next 5 minutes?” Extrapolate that question out… “What about in two hours?” “What about overnight?” “If I don’t do anything … Continue reading Worry Not
I’ve been reading Rookie Smarts, Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game Of Work, by Liz Wiseman this week. She talks about how rookies tend to enter a new workplace and embark on getting up to speed as quickly as they can, boldly asking lots of questions and seeking out experts. Yet those of … Continue reading Rookie Smarts
I’ve always thought constraints were negative. After all, they tend to speak lack. A constraint can feel like a roadblock to progress. A reason to stop, to chuck the towel in. In Whitney Johnson’s podcast episode titled, Embracing Constraints, she talks about how constraints can actually help us. They can be a catalyst for … Continue reading Embracing constraints
This week I gave a friend advice on how to get from where she was to where I thought she wanted to be. Quickly. Hands dusted, job done! That good advice didn’t pan out well. I felt confronted by a realisation. And not a new one… That instead of giving advice, I need to … Continue reading No more advice!
Brene Brown in an interview with Krista Tippett shared part of her research with a group of middle schoolers around the difference between belonging and fitting in. And they just had these incredibly simple and profound answers: “Fitting in is when you want to be a part of something. Belonging is when others want … Continue reading Belonging vs Fitting in
“We fear excess, so we embrace mediocrity and call it balance... When it comes to our faith and our testimony, we mustn’t downplay, soft-pedal or sidestep the very things God has given us that make us distinctive. If we do, people will be disappointed and go elsewhere. The disciples didn’t blend in with the … Continue reading Balance smellance!
Things are not as they should be. Others need to change. Life would be better “if”... A storyline I’m spiraling down on. Anger, frustration, and disappointment – my pen’s fuel. Oh! Now I see her. The frowning one. Directing this narrative. Hello, Discontent. The first of January. And ... the beginning of a whole … Continue reading [Dis]content
Last week the wonderful Dawn Kotzer, said this “The reality is, I do my art inside the wrinkles of time between other priorities of the day.” This wonderful statement - “wrinkles of time” has kicked ole “not enough time” and her mate “there’s no point starting”, off their perch. Moments between tasks have value. … Continue reading The wrinkles of time
Although mindfulness mantras are all around us, and we nod in agreement about “being fully present”, the fact is that many of us struggle with concentration. The words “just focus”, aren’t that helpful when it comes to mastering our attention, yet it’s what we say to ourselves and to our children anytime concentration is … Continue reading How to concentrate
I’m driving home from work and the guy in the lane beside me, cuts in front of me. Expletives pour from my mouth, the horn is honked. And thus begins a charged narrative about “that stupid jerk”. From this single encounter, an elaborate head-tale, a story I believe. Byron Katie challenges the narrative: Is … Continue reading Head-tale