celebrating the feminine

Late one Saturday evening  a young man, recently paralysed and rendered mute in an accident, is at the wedding reception  of a relative. A young woman, name and details unknown to him, is sitting on his lap. She’s stroking his face; kissing; crying; saying things to which he cannot respond. She’s more than a little […]

celebrating mid life

  This poem by Fleur Adcock is for all the women who, like me, are on the “darker side” of forty. She reminds us that there is more to beauty than flawless skin, and that the more we choose how we want to be in the world and how we want to live our lives, […]

Something significant in your life is changing; and you are in transition. In which stage of transition are you?

These words from John Denver’s song, I’m Leaving On a Jetplane, still bring tears to my eyes. As a sixteen year old  I imagined how dreadful it must have been for the girl to have her boyfriend leave so suddenly. How much it must have changed her life. Since then I have realized how our […]

The ending phase of transition: It is time to let go of….

” Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. “ We tend not to like endings. Beginnings are so much more attractive, yet, whenever we begin something new something in our lives is also ending. William Bridges, expert on change and transition, expresses it in this way: ” We usually fail to discover our […]

Finding Direction: the neutral phase of transition

I think we have all known what it is to feel lost; to come to a place where there are no roads. As disorienting as that can be, the potential for growth is enormous. We can no longer find old solutions to familiar problems or bask in the status quo. Something needs to shift but […]

Follow your dreams – You’re worth it

Are you a leader wondering if the vision you have for your life, your organization, and the larger purpose you want to serve, is ever going to materialize, or if it really matters? If the answer is “yes” then there may be a message for you from The Shawshank Redemption, a 1994 American drama film […]

Taking the plunge – Facing the fear.

Do you know that something in your life needs to change, but you either don’t know how to start or where to start , or you are too afraid of where starting may take you? In attempting an answer, I turn to David Whyte. This time from the opening stanza of his poem, Start Close […]

Creating the future you want

            “Your future is your property. Because, by definition, it hasn’t happened yet, it exists only in your mind. This means that you can choose to make it whatever you want. The act of making your future bigger than your past is the very act of growth itself: the bigger […]