Do you have a dream or idea and haven’t found a way to get started? Maybe you haven’t given yourself permission? Sometimes a tiny action can set us on the path. And that small thing turns into bigger things. And once we get started, we’re unstoppable. Today Samantha Bennett and I talk about permission, sparkly breadcrumbs, 5-minute art, and what it really looks like to be unselfish.
The other day I went walking in Gay City State Park, not too far from where I live. I took a trail that I have often walked. It starts at a pond, and then cuts into the woods and crosses several streams. One in particular has a wooden bridge across it, complete with a railing so you don’t fall in.
I stepped to the middle of the bridge and stopped.
These last few months I’ve experienced more stress than I have in a long time. Yet another organization change at work, trying to get a project funded, a rift in a relationship, and election turmoil has driven me to my yoga mat for constructive rest before I go to bed.
And meditation in the mornings.
The offhand comment, “Such a nasty woman!” uttered by Donald Trump triggered social media rants and protests by women all over this country. As I looked at their (and my own) emotional response, I saw a way for us to move forward together with understanding and compassion.
Have you ever felt as though an inanimate object was cursed? Or jinxed? Like something always goes wrong with that thing?
That’s how I feel about my lawn tractor.
I was afraid to say what I want because it’s impossible. On an autumn walk, I found what I really want when I dared to speak it anyway.
When I was a kid, we used to buy pre-made bread dough. It came in a tube that you popped open by hitting the edge on the counter (at least that’s how we did it). Then you twisted it to open all the way, pulled the dough out, and baked. Only a few minutes later you had crescent rolls, biscuits, or cinnamon buns.
Were they the best ever? No. Were they easy? Yes. And tons of people bought them.
According to Elizabeth Gilbert in her book Big Magic, we are all carrying buried treasure within us. It’s our art. In this episode we explore uncovering that art, bringing it on an adventure, and leaving fear in the back seat.
Back in May, our family went sailing to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It was on a gorgeous sailboat, from Newport Harbor in Newport, RI. We left the dock with the motor, which helped Captain Dave navigate the boat more easily. Once we were clear, the crew hoisted the sails, and off we went.
In order to successfully lead others, you must first lead yourself. And when you make your life about helping others, everyone flourishes.