I don’t like the person I become when I feel so defensive.

I don’t like the person I become when I feel so defensive.

The other day I was inspired to pick up my copy of Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong, which I randomly opened to the chapter entitled “Sewer Rats and Scofflaws.”

In this chapter, Brene shares a story in which she moves from anger to self-righteousness to compassion. The story begins with Brene volunteering to speak at a conference and being asked to share a hotel room with someone she does not know. Brene said when she walked into the hotel room, her roommate quickly behaved in a way that Brene found disrespectful and discourteous. When Brene politely attempted to address the behavior, her roommate blew her off…

The creative source of voice.

The creative source of voice.

Last week we witnessed the power of voice in two diametrically opposing ways. One instance of the power of voice was accomplished through peaceful means as Georgians voted in two new, federal senators. Another instance of the power of voice was demonstrated by the President of the United States whose words incited an attack on our nation’s Capitol Building.

While there are many potential points to be made about these examples of voice, what I wish to illustrate is…

Daily practice is an investment in future outcomes.

Daily practice is an investment in future outcomes.

I recently listened to an interview with Mary Catherine Bateson, a linguist and anthropologist, whose parents are the famous anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. (In case you need a memory jog, Margaret Mead is credited with saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”)

During this interview, Dr. Bateson spoke about the importance of…

How will we be changed. My hope…

How will we be changed. My hope…

Outside my home office window is a bird feeder hidden from the street by a big holly bush. Birds roost on the Holly’s branches patiently waiting their turn to eat seed. Sometimes I lie on the bed (yes, I have a bed in my home office) and watch the birds fly in and around the feeder.

These little creatures with…

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