Today I speak directly to your conscience. I do not propose that we roll over or surrender our positions on the important issues of the day. I do not imply that the ideological differences between us are not worthy of earnest deliberation and purposeful resolve. Nor do I suggest that this election should not provide political transparency and vigorous debate. On the contrary, we are at a crossroads. But we must remember to serve our families and our communities with distinction and integrity – with humanity, humility, tolerance, and compromise. We are not a nation of one or another – we are all in this together, uniquely worthy of mutual respect, compassion, opportunity, and safety.
I believe there is a unique happiness found in simplicity; a kind of effortless freedom of being that exists in the absence of excess. This is the very essence of simplicity: having that which is needed, when it is needed – and not another thing more. I would take it a step further, and suggest the intentional absence of excess creates the tangible space for abundance. For me, abundance implies much more than mere happiness – it presumes a generosity of spirit that comes from sharing.
Dear George Clooney,
I don’t think Tomorrowland was a movie – I think it was an invitation. I think the movie was one of those pins, and I got mine. Let me say this first: I don’t want fame, I don’t want money and I don’t think there’s a spaceship in the Eiffel Tower waiting to blast me to some other dimension. I think you made a movie to inspire dreamers that could help save the world. In the last scene of the film, you told your little robot friends to “go find them” and then a bunch of recruits stood up in that field – well, I was one of them. Now what? Yes, I’m asking you – because like you said in the movie, “This was your idea.”
I do a lot of work with families and businesses around operational systems. When there’s conflict, it’s usually because there’s an elephant (or several) in the room that nobody is talking about. When people disengage, it’s because they hope to avoid confrontation and evade danger. However, ultimately, things only get better when the elephants are named, all parties are called-out, and everyone agrees to move forward – together.
It’s spring time in Colorado, and that means clearing out, cleaning up and getting ready for summer fun. In my world, it means people everywhere are swapping out winter coats and snow boots for flip flops and bathing suits. Last year’s hand-me-downs are bagged up and passed along to friends and local thrift shops. This year’s hand-me-downs are pulled out of storage and basement bins and sorted into this season’s rotation. For the families I work with, the knees of jeans are repaired with colorful patches and blown out sandals are replaced with upgraded kicks. Bicycles are fixed up. Garages are swept out. Closets are purged to make room for clothes that fit. Rooms and entire homes are de-cluttered, organized and refreshed to help invite a little springtime indoors.