“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…
There is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
And smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart,
I’ll always be with you.”
~A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh~
Have you ever been on an off-road adventure?
You might have gone to a place that specializes in these unpaved experiences. There may have been a guide, a padded vehicle, a helmet, etc. If you’re an adventure seeker, you might have heard laughs and screams of delight as the driver intentionally steered off the road where things got bumpy on r...
In this challenging time, this timeless story brings hope and reminds us of what binds us together. I hope you enjoy it today. Sending light and thoughts of health and healing to you and all you love, Kathy
People come from all over the world in the hopes of finding wellness at the Mayo Clinic. Although I have never been a patient there, I have found healing there.
I hope you do too as I tell you about my experience.
The Piano Man
It was the man at the grand piano that taught me the most.
I wasn’t trying to find him. And he wasn’t trying to teach me anything. But there he was playing the happiest music I could imagine...
A few years ago, I started setting a theme for each year. I'm not exactly sure how I backed into this practice, but it has become a signficant - and fun - exercise to integrate into my personal visioning and planning.
As you prepare for a new year and, inevitably, think about what the year holds for you, I'd like to suggest that you adopt a theme that reflects what you want your year to represent.
Let me explain....
A theme is a recurring idea you'd like to invite. It might be thought of as a central idea, subject or issue. As you imagine a theme for yourself, allow it to become a reference or decision point for the year....
To pass through a mountain, we have to go through a tunnel.
Recently, I was driving to and from Nashville, Tennessee and I had the joy of driving through the Cherokee National Forest.
It was gorgeous and there were tunnels - lots of them!
As I approached each tunnel, I got nervous for some reason.
I had to come to terms with the fact that I don't like tunnels. I know they present an efficient route through a mountain but, for me, they are dark and scary - unlike the picture I've included above (it's how I like to envision tunnels now).
I realized that when we're in a tunnel, we don't exactly know how...
Enjoy your summer vacation a little more. Bring these life preservers with you.
Life Preserver #1: Learn to say "I'm sorry."
Learning to say these two words with sincerity can save a relationship. It's one of the hardest things to say and can also be the easiest. When a conversation takes a bad turn, insert this Dale Carnegie phrase (and mean it): "I may be wrong. I often am."
Life Preserver #2: Don't take the bait or dangle it.
Bait is attached to a hook and hooks can be dangerous. If you've had a bad day, it's never a good day for an important conversation. Run it off. Breathe it out. Shake it off - literally. Delaying a...
In my work I strive to understand the hearts and minds of my clients and their constituents. I have been humbled to support children with disabilities, struggling communities, the homeless, arts organizations, educators, animals and so many more.
This summer I am supporting the USO of North Carolina as well as the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission. I have worked with the USO of NC for more than 10 years and know that - right now - this array of clients is here to teach me something new.
I am saying "yes" to every experience they offer. My work is bringing me to interview militar...