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

It Didn’t Occur to Me!

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ballons-228827_150Have you ever noticed how often in a conversation with someone; family member, friend, business colleague, that a new thought, or way of looking at something occurs to you?  These ahahs don’t reveal themselves as much when we’re thinking something through on our own. Certainly there are instances when the other person’s point of view or input are not in alignment with our own, but if we suspend our view for a moment, something of real value may come through.  We all have our own unique history, experiences, knowledge and skills and we tend to look at issues through the prism of our own beliefs.  How much richer would our lives be if we embraced some of these ahahs and were open to a new perspective.  So instead of rejecting a different view, consider thinking “that hadn’t occurred to me … that’s interesting, let me consider it”.  I have a client who has a couple of sayings. One is: “it’s hard to have an intelligent conversation with yourself”, and “my OCCUR muscle works better when I’m talking to you”.  Collaboration can produce some amazing outcomes! 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.

So where am I going with this? Read More