Enlightening

 Photo at Hidden Hill Cabin, where I was recently lucky enough to spend some quiet time in the morning mist of the Tennessee hills.

Photo at Hidden Hill Cabin, where I was recently lucky enough to spend some quiet time in the morning mist of the Tennessee hills.

Last night I was reading some poetry about stories. 
“…and it will change you in the telling, 
and others in the listening.” 

It is becoming
more apparent
to me
that as much as
I love
reading
and learning
and writing
and reflecting
those activities mainly
keep my thoughts
focused inwards. 
I’m realizing that
for me
it is the sharing
of new wisdom
not the learning
of wisdom
that is the enlightening bit. 

Maybe
this is why
I am so enlivened
by 1:1 coaching, 
and why
every client call
feels like
pure magic
because people
are experiencing
enlightenment
in front of my eyes
as they share
with me
their wisdom.

Evolution in Slow Motion

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I wrote this in my journal today because I’m feeling mushy and grateful and all the good feelings and I’m getting better about holding space to capture these moments:

Today 20 month-old Atlas recognized me, pointed, and exclaimed “mama!” with a big smile. But it wasn’t to come to him, it wasn’t because he needed me for comfort, he just wanted to say hello. I looked in his eyes and in the brightness of his face and saw pure joy, confidence, and pride in himself. He feels his independence growing, just as I do. Today, that look on his face felt different. It’s like I was watching evolution in slow motion. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Being present enough often enough to witness those fleeting seconds of a look in the eyes of those we love, a look that says “thank you,” “I love you,” “life is beautiful,” and “I am happy” all in one. That’s what we live for.

That Time with RB

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Once upon a time, I was having a casual conversation with Richard Branson over lunch, and he decided to write a blog about it. What is interesting, to me at least, is that I never once posted about this on any of my social media feeds. I guess the exception is that I did cite it inside my org page inside my LinkedIn profile. This is the first time I've "self-promoted" this, and I have to admit that it feels a little strange. 

What I would like to note, is that even though it was a good conversation, I'm sure he has good conversations all the time. The fact that he decided to write about this, and mention me the way he did, is so kind. He did not have to mention me at all. I look at that and think how wonderful he is for using his platform to uplift the little people, with zero agenda other than just being his generous self. 

There is a very synchronistic, off-the-wall, supernatural version of how this conversation came to be...if we ever grab appetizers together remind me to tell you about it.

Follow the Bliss by Richard Branson