SMOTHERING THE WHISPER

You’ve heard it before.


The voice speaking in hushed tones

reminding you of

who you are

and

what you are capable of creating.


And “real life” smothered it.


The message comes quietly

from time to time

telling you

what’s killing you

and

what needs to end.


And “practicality” smothered it.


As you’ve grown older,

it grows quieter

and more insistent

at the same time.


It’s smothered more quickly now

by your

ruts

and

routines.


Yet it still speaks

of your deepest unrealized yearnings.


When will you listen?


Smothering the whisper

is smothering

yourself.


IMPACT AWARENESS

If you want lasting impact,

showing up

and

caring

beats

showing up

and

bullying.


(Everyone nods head in agreement.)


The problem is

your way of

caring

may feel like

bullying

to everyone else.


Find ways to

gain awareness

of your

impact.


(The easiest way:

Ask someone on your team

for honest feedback

and

give no rebuttal

to what they tell you.

If you cannot do this,

your caring might be bullying.)


BAGS GET BIGGER

Conference-goers used to bring

a pen and a notebook,

no bag.


Later, they begin bringing their own bags.


Then, the conferences started giving them branded bags.


With technology’s advent conference-goers

brought

a laptop, a pen, a notebook,

and the bag got bigger.


Today’s conference-goers drag

rolling bags filled with

computers, dongles,

pens, notebooks,

snacks and ??


The bags get bigger.


Maybe it’s time to question

what we are carrying around

at conferences

and

in life.


SIFTING

Our bearded dragon

lives in her terrarium

on a bed of ground up walnut shells.

 

Every week or so

while cleaning her home,

we sift this substrate

and find all kinds of things

like

old food and dead skin

which decay

and

make her home stinky.

 

What accumulates out of sight

always amazes me.

 

The same is true in our lives.

We may think we have set the foundation well,

but unhelpful habits seem to creep in

and accumulate

unannounced.

 

And if we don’t do some sifting,

we may never know

why our life is a bit stinky.