The Best Wind Isn’t In the Harbor

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. 

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(c) AdobeStock Photo

Sort of.

Today Is Your Independence Day

When I woke up Monday morning, on our country's 240th birthday, I was thinking about our Founding Fathers. I thought about their ideals, their willingness to sacrifice, and their commitment through difficult times.

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And I realized that I have embarked on a somewhat similar mission – though not anywhere near the scale of founding the USA. 

Do the Hustle – NOT!

What do you do when you feel called to do something, when something is burning in your heart, and you work like crazy…and then it isn’t working?  At least the way you think it should?  What do you do when you’re weary and discouraged, and begin to question yourself?  What do you do?

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(c) AdobeStock Photo

Do you press harder?  Voice your doubts?  Change something?  Quit? 

Swinging For the Fences

We love a home run, don’t we?  The big guy gets up to the plate, swings away, and CRACK!  The bat hits the ball right in the sweet spot, and the ball goes flying over the fence.  The crowd jumps to its feet and roars.  The batter saunters around the bases, sometimes waving his hat in the air to acknowledge the rousing applause.

(c) Ann Thompson

(c) Ann Thompson

A lot of people think that the rest of the game is boring.  They wait for the home runs.  They’re powerful.  Flashy.  Exciting.

The Measure of a Moment

What's a moment worth?  How do you measure a moment?  If you're a gazillionaire making $1 billion a year, a minute is worth about $190,000. If you're like the rest of us, not that much in terms of dollars.   What if we use a different lens?  See the value in its ability to change our life, protect us from danger, take our breath away?  What about the moments that change our life's course, remind us of who we are, or even change history?

life is full of beautiful moments - remember them

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What are those moments worth?