Tis the Season …

Tis the Season …

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candle-83148_640The Holiday Season is upon us. Thanksgiving just a few days ago, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s just ahead! It’s a time for being with family and friends to celebrate this festive time of year and give thanks, and to honor religious beliefs of varying denominations.

It’s another year in the journey of life! For some; progress on the path they were on, and for others a new path has shown up. And for some who think there’s been no progress, a year of reflection and making space for a new direction and path to become clear.  

Whether you believe in destiny or random chaos, we all experience growth and progress in life and in ways unique to each of us. Sometimes the growth is intentional, sometimes serendipitous, and at other times it’s just plain old happenstance. Regardless, the growth occurs and you are no longer the same person. You experience, feel and see things differently. That’s the majesty and wonder of life! Several years ago I listened to Paul Hawken, entrepreneurial founder of Erewhon, an early pioneer in natural foods, and Smith & Hawken the gardening supply company.  During his talk he said a couple of things which I thought were quite profound.  First he said “Business is too important to be left only to business people”, and “Grow to become who you are”! The second quote is one that really resonated with me. Sometimes we pursue a path in life, whether it be business or personal, which is not in alignment with who we are. When this happens we can find our pursuits a struggle … they don’t flow as they should. For those whose path is in alignment things seem to just flow for them and each day in genuinely enjoyable with little, or no stress. Read More

A New Year Begins!

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new-years-day-114953_640Recently my wife Lynda and I watched the movie “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Albert Finney and many other very fine actors and actresses.  The story told is of a young boy, Maximillian who loses his parents and goes to live with his uncle Henry for a year at the uncle’s vineyard estate in Provence, France.  It’s a magical time for young Max and he goes on to become a very successful businessman in London, in no small part influenced by the guidance and wisdom lovingly bestowed on him by uncle Henry.  While we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie, one scene in particular stays with me.  In it Max is telling a visitor to the vineyard that “all of my memories happened within a hundred yards of this place”.  The visitor asks “were they good memories?”  Max replies “No, they were grand!”  For most of us, me included, we don’t typically use grand in that context, but it’s frequently used in England to describe something very special.

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Being Present!

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By being present I mean being completely focused on who you’re with, either in person, or talking to on the phone. Before cell phones and in particular smartphones, people actually stayed focused and listened to the people they were talking to, either in person, or on the phone. And before call waiting it was even easier!  I find it so interesting that you can be talking to someone on the phone and if they get another incoming call, they say they have another call and put you on hold.  If it was an emergency I could understand it, but usually it’s just another “chat” conversation! Why should the person interrupting take priority over the conversation already in progress?  Unless it’s an emergency and it usually isn’t. Read More