SOMETIMES THERE’S SO MUCH MUD ON THE WINDSHIELD YOU CAN’T SEE A THING

You have a great idea! You’re on fire. You’re excited. You haven’t felt like this in a long time. You can see it. You can feel it. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can make your dreams come true.

You’re at a vision board workshop and you’ve made the most incredible collage. You’re talking about it and the women around you are nodding their heads and leaning in. You can tell they believe in you. They can see it too. It feels, well, it feels like you’ve got your magic belt on and your wrist bands and you’re unstoppable. You can lift tall buildings and hop over mountains. And then….. a little time goes by and now… Continue reading…

IS THERE STILL A WONDER WOMAN, GHOST, OR SUPER HERO IN YOU AND WHY IT MATTERS.

Halloween—the night for tricks and treats; for costumes and make believe. There’s something incredibly delicious about getting dressed up and running around the neighborhood in the dark, ringing doorbells, and scaring the daylights out of each other. If you don’t believe me, just ask the 7 year olds in your life. They’ll tell you.

But the more important question for you and me is does the 7 year old in you remember that magic? The magic of becoming something entirely different? Of shape shifting and time shifting? Of imagination and wonder?

It wasn’t just a broom—it was a witches’ broom and it could fly. Continue reading…

IF YOU PUT A FROG IN BOILING WATER, SHE’LL JUMP OUT; TURNS OUT THAT DOESN’T HELP YOU AND ME IN THE LEAST.

I confess I’ve never actually tried this and I don’t recommend you do either. So for the sake of this article, let’s just take it on its face value. The story goes that if you put a frog in boiling water, she’ll jump right out of the pot. But if you put her in cold water and slowly bring the water to a boil, she won’t. The change is so gradual that she doesn’t notice until it’s too late. Not a very good ending for frog #2.

For the most part we don’t have many real life boiling water situations, i.e. attack by a saber toothed tiger. Our minds may register way too many situations as attacks by saber toothed tigers and kick us into fight or flight so often that it fries our neuro circuitry but that’s a topic for another day.

The good news is you don’t have to deal with too many attacking tigers. Continue reading…

SO, YOU’VE PICKED UP YOUR BOSS’S ENERGY EVEN WHEN YOU REALLY, REALLY WISH YOU HADN’T BECAUSE NOW YOU’VE GOT A PIT IN YOUR STOMACH.

Your sensitivity’s an incredible thing. It’s what makes it possible for you to tear up at the sight of a dew drop on a rose petal or a sun setting on a boat in the distance or a lamb frolicking in a field.

As lovely as it would be to tell the people in our lives to deal with their feelings before we started picking up on them, that’s probably not going to happen any time in the near future. For one thing, you and I tend to pick up feelings before other people are even aware of them. We’re like sparrows ducking for the trees even though the sun’s high in a totally cloudless sky. But sure enough, that sparrow’s right and along comes the rain. Every time. It’s really kind of amazing. Continue reading…

ARE YOU MISSING OUT AND STIFLING YOUR CREATIVITY WITHOUT MEANING TO?

It’s a feeling we try pretty hard to not have. It’s a feeling we’d rather avoid. I think that’s probably been true for all time but it’s especially true in our fast paced, anything at the reach of a button, 21st century world.

It’s a feeling you used to know as a kid if you were lucky enough to be born in the 50s, 60s or before. Continue reading…