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What If???

What if…Instead of filling in the quiet with busyness, I settled into myself and felt the depth of the silence?

What if…Rather than picking up my phone to see what others are doing, I picked up a journal and waited until the words flowed from my heart and down my arm, filling the page?

What if…I slipped on my shoes in the morning softness and slowly roamed my neighborhood, discovering my connection within the birdsong, swirling and dancing on the wind?

What if…Becoming friends with the fertile ground of solitude, freed me from my fear and allowed me to soar in pure joy?

I Am What I Choose to Become

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung

I’ve been chewing on the idea of how to tell some of my own stories for a while now, or even why to tell them. Typically, I like to spotlight women’s voices, but this statement by Carl Jung jumped out to me, resonating with where I am in own musings about telling my stories.

I’ve been told that I’m a “private person.” Seriously, I’m not sure quite what this means. From what I’ve observed, most humans are “private” about sharing personal and vulnerable things about themselves and I wonder, does being “private” make me less relatable? If instead I share my moments of connection rather than stories of pain and triumph, will you still feel an understanding and connection with me?

Walking as Leader

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of leadership. Remembering back to the 2017 fires in north California when my mother got evacuated and came to live with me; while feeling like we were also on the verge of being evacuated, I felt afraid and wanting up to date, clear information. I found the Sonoma Sheriff on facebook. As a collective group of leaders from different departments including, CalFire, CHP, Sonoma Sheriff (to name a few), they gave updates 2x daily, each person in turn reporting on what they knew and what was being done. I felt comforted by clear, opinion free, drama free information.

What does it mean to be a leader?

I Rescued a Worm Today. Or Did I?

I rescued a worm today. Or did I?

Walking along, a movement catches my eye as a big fat morsel of a worm is worming its way across the sandy, dry path. Giving itself what looked like a scrumptious dirt bath.

Stopping to watch, my lips feel slightly parched as I watch this little worm surely drying out right before my eyes. It needs water, it needs help! So of course, I say, “Come with me little worm,” as I pick it up and lay it in the luscious green moist grass, thinking this would be the perfect spot for a wee bit of R&R and resuscitation. But still, it doesn’t move. Did I do the right thing?