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Fall is my favorite season, a time of bounty, beauty, turbulence, transformation, perpetuation, and possibility. It’s also a season that invites solitude, reflection, and gratitude.

During this season of Thanksgiving, give thanks for persons who have called your name, even if you weren’t aware of them doing so. When others call your name it is a way of acknowledging you… all of  your unique gifts, skills, and talents, which comprise your signature presence.

When others call your name, it is part of a larger pattern of recognizing the importance of an individual and the collective of which we’re all a part. It also recognizes our interconnectedness to one another and all of life, as well as our responsibility to care for one another and our planet.

As we’ve learned from so many cultures where hospitality and harmony are of utmost importance, I cannot exist with you, and you cannot exist with me. In many African cultures, this kind of innate interdependence is an aspect of the spirit of “Ubuntu.” 

When we deeply understand our interconnectedness, we understand the soul of leadership. In Western culture, we sometimes call this stance servant leadership.

As you prepare your heart for your Thanksgiving celebration, reflect on and count your blessings. Be sure to include persons who have come into your life – however briefly – who have extended a kindness to you… a loved one, a friend, or even a total stranger.

This week, take time to fill your heart with and reflect on these questions: Whose am I? Who supports me? Who do I belong to, and who belongs to me? Who has extended graciousness and blessings to me? Who do I extend graciousness and blessings to? Whose name will I call today?

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Welcome Spring! Sensual abundance. I feel very blessed to be coming back to my senses, especially since my fall just a few months ago.

So I’m counting my blessings. There are so many of them—greening trees, bulbs pushing forth from warming soil… more sun, wind and, rain… birdsong, children playing in the park. And less time in physical therapy. Talk about blessings!

I’ve been watching my step… and letting go of some things that no longer serve me well at this stage of my life. To help me prepare for new beginnings, I committed to one action each day, asking God, “How can you use me today?”  Each day, something new is being birthed.

May this Spring bring forth new beginnings for you and the people and places you love. And may your be blessed with great wealth–of gratitude, love, faith, compassion, forgiveness, and creativity.

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I trust that your 2011 is off to a wonderful beginning!

As the New Year approached, I found myself in the ER with a nasty gash on my forehead along with assorted bruises and sprains. Not exactly how I’d planned to welcome in the next 12 months. So instead of thinking about the usual resolutions for the year ahead, I simply counted my blessings: Thank you for family and friends. Thank you… that my fall wasn’t more serious. No concussion, no broken bones or teeth. Thank you for wonderful doctors and nurses who devote themselves to providing excellent care—even into the wee hours when most of us are snug in our beds.

My resolutions for this year? You can bet that I’ll watch my step! I also promised to let go of a few things and to give myself a periodic tune up to bring my life back into balance. Here are some of the questions I will ask myself today and throughout the year.

–  What activities, tasks, and things no longer suit me or serve me well at this stage of my life?

–  What’s out of balance, or out of tune, in my life right now?

–  How is this lack of balance holding me back?

–  What must I give up to rebalance my life, to resolve what’s out of balance?

–  What one action will I commit to today as my first step in resolving the imbalance in my life?

To prepare for new beginnings, we must often let go of something—old habits, patterns, things, relationships, or whatever it is that we no longer need in our lives. What must you let go of this year so that something brand new can be born?

May 2011 be an extraordinary year for you. And may it be the year that you dare to take charge of your life… the year you dare to live with passion, purpose, and presence… the year you dare wear your soul on the outside. May you bask in the bountiful blessings of gratitude, love, faith, courage, vision, and integrity, and may your creativity blossom this year and beyond.

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Every day is a day of blessing. Today, among my many blessings, I count these and so many more:

  • Family and friends who open their hearts and long arms of love to me again and again, even in the midst of seemingly impossible circumstances. An aunt who recently lost her sister after her long bout with cancer, who cooks daily for her extended family and welcome neighbors into her home anytime, ministering to their many needs.

    Burnished leaves of fall

  • A dear friend who after serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana recently returned to the US. She returned  months earlier than planned so she could cradle her precious grandson to her bosom, the fragile little tyke whose life is a singular blessing from God. All praise for this miracle child and for His loving embrace and protection.
  • A deep bow to my husband, John, my soulmate, friend, and first listener for all my triumphs and trials. Mighty blessings and kisses for my daughter, Quinn, who called me earlier this week for a luxurious conversation. She wanted to be sure she had all the family recipes down as she prepares her very first Thanksgiving dinner. As I combed through my memory for those savory recipes that probably never will be captured in written form, I chuckled at how much I sounded like my own dear mom, “Well, honey… you just need a little pinch of this and about a handful of that… go easy on the butter….”

However you count your blessings, when all is said and done, the blessings we hold most dear are those filled with people and infused with love given and love received.

Have a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving!

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Summer is always a good to remember the importance of making time for yourself–to give yourself a special gift of time set aside just for you—even if it’s only a few minutes day. In the midst of planning much-needed vacations and hosting family and friends, it’s important to make sure you slow down… to savor all the wonderful people in your life. It’s also important to simply slow down and breathe in what nourishes you and breathe out anything that doesn’t. You owe it to yourself to breathe in love, kindness, and hope, and breathe out irritation, jealousy, fear, or whatever else you need to let go of. These special moments provide you with food for the soul.

Take a few minutes right now to stop, reflect, count your blessings, or pray for someone. You’ll do something good for yourself… and others.

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During the past several weeks, I hit the pause button on my blog for some much-needed rest and relaxation. As you know, not too long ago I underwent surgery.  I was blessed to have a wonderful surgeon and care team. And being in the embrace of the Great Physician, I know I’m always in excellent hands.

Today, I’m delighted to report that I’m mending well and counting my blessings… BIG time… because today:

– It’s spring in the Pacific Northwest.

– There are so many flowers are already in bloom—lovely grape hyacinth, fragrant daffodils, forsythia, and early-blooming pink and purple rhododendrons. One of our earliest bloomers is aptly called Christmas Cheer!

– I went to the beach and witnessed wave after wave of deep-blue breakers fueled by a crisp, cold wind barreling down from Canada.

– I sing hallelujah and thank you!! I’m thrilled to be alive. Not only am I mending well, I’m richly blessed by so many wonderful folks in my life—my husband, daughter, mom, sisters, nieces, nephew, uncles, aunts, students, neighbors, clients, coworkers, and even total strangers… people who consistently make time in their busy day to call, send a note, say a prayer… to encourage me and lift me up. xoxo – I’m humbled and blessed that you’re in my life.

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Sometimes it’s hard to remember that small things can make a big difference. Here are just a few ways you can make a positive impact today.

– See with new eyes. Focus on the positive instead of the negative. Your positive vibe and outlook will have a wonderful ripple effect on those around you.

– Let it go. Clean out your closets and bookshelves. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t wear it this year. Donate your gently used books to your local library.

– Love the ones you’re with. Tell your mate and your children much they mean to you.

– Don’t grumble, step it up. Don’t wait for someone else to nab that stray candy wrapper or empty coffee cup. Pick it up and pitch it.

– Amaze yourself. Count your blessings—every single day… and notice how they multiply.

Have a blessed day.

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