Poetry and the Presidency

“…I must study politics and war so that our sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry and music…” John Adams I wonder if John Adams would be disappointed that today’s inauguration looks more like a battlefield than an artist’s celebration.  After 240 years, he would have preferred we were more focused on the art of beauty than the art of war. It is good, none the...

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What Kind of Friend Are You?

Like most of us, we spent our holiday season holed up in our house. We passed by neighbors walking our dog Cody, waving at them or chatting loudly since we were generally 6 feet away. Family and friend time was spent on Zoom until we fatigued out and checked out. Perhaps more than ever, we need our friends, and they need us But what about that other friendship…the one we have with ourselves? While we go to great effort to...

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The New Possibilities

2020 was definitely a year of learning. Perhaps most critical was that we saw how quickly we could modify and change everything from work from home to how we get our groceries. I suspect, however, that the changes will be much more profound and long-lasting and that the idea that we will return to some kind of “new normal” is a misnomer. When major crises or even technological advances happen, no one wonders whether we will go backwards. We can’t...

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Repairing the Broken Year

2020, a year that was so damaging, must hold some meaning and understanding for us. Can we find a way to mend the pains and difficulties of this year? Interestingly, the Japanese may have an idea for how we can think about this broken year and what we can do about it. It is referred to as kintsukuroi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery).  In practice thistranslates to the art form of repairing broken pottery with a special lacquer and powdered gold, that actually includes...

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A Little Winter Color

The sun reached its nadir on Monday at 5:02 AM (EST) while most of us were warmly tucked into bed and dreaming perhaps of a different kind of holiday celebration during this awkward year of 2020. My wife was not one of us. As she has done in previous years she awoke early to meditate and celebrate on this celestial event. After all, the holidays we celebrate at this time of the year are about light from the darkness. Kind...

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What are your Curious About?

There are mysteries all around us and this is certainly the season of mysteries from the Christmas star to the Hanukkah Menorah.

More importantly, perhaps, is the idea that we can think about our work and relationships as having a mysterious edge to them. If we approach projects, sales, team building and certainly leadership development as a mystery waiting to be unwrapped and discovered, then we wash away the concern that something may be overwhelming or “too hard.”

My favorite way to unravel a mystery and feed my sense of curiosity is to ask questions. Not only is it the easiest way to find answers but it allows others to share their wisdom and experience and creates a strong bond of connection.

I’ll be taking some time during our walks in the woods or down by the water this next week to think about the wonders and mysteries surrounding me and plan to build that muscle so I can enjoy solving the mysteries that await in 2021

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