Dec 30

Merry Christmas! Yes, it lives on…

I really love the spirit of Christmas–the sparkling lights and mirrored balls, green and red, houses and stores and malls decorated.  Even though the decorations at the mall are set up mostly to entice me to spend more, I still take time to enjoy them, not letting what I don’t like get in the way of what I do.

This year was no different, I had been reveling in the crisp air and baking cookies and fruitcake.  But I was not 100% in the spirit.  I even donated to a couple of red buckets with people ringing bells nearby.  Still my heart was not as open and excited as usual.

Exiting my 3rd grocery store in as many days, I heard the bell ringer.  Having donated yesterday and on my way to an appointment, I steered around him rushing toward my car.

Doing the Most Good

Then I heard it… “Merry Christmas.”  And he meant it!

And like the Grinch my heart grew two sizes that day.

I stopped and donated and returned his Merry Christmas with a smile.  At that moment my Christmas started, and hopefully will last throughout the year.

Thank you bell ringer.

Dec 19

More Valuable Than Gemstones

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.”

~ George MacDonald from Interlude.com

Nov 08

Peace of Heart?

Interesting how the saying goes “peace of mind”, not “peace of heart.”  Our Heart is always at peace.

As my good friend and counselor, Karen Attwood, says, “Longest distance in the universe, those 9-inches between the head and heart.”

What practices do you have to connect head and heart?  One of my favorites is from yoga, any pose–like downward facing dog– that has us lower our head below our heart will help to gain a new perspective on life.  Meditation works or just deep breathing, even for 30 seconds or two minutes. Smiling or laughing.

More ideas?

Oct 21

Challenges and Blessings

I woke up this morning wanting to write in my blog.  Wow, my blog!  I have been writing for more than a year and posting it for all to see, all 3 of you.  I don’t even think my mom reads this regularly.  Should I give her a bye since she is 81?

Back to the point, I woke up wanting to write, share my thoughts and my soul, but have no idea what to write about.  I have a big file–two actually, paper and electronic–where I have saved ideas and articles to write about.  But this morning that does not interest me.  After all, it is my blog.  So today I am going to just write what on my mind and in my heart.

Hmmm.  Arrgh.  What to say?  Taking a deep breath and trying to listen to my heart, I know one thing for sure.  I am lucky, blessed, fortunate.  My work days are spent in an office in my home, so most of the time my commute is pretty easy.  Some days there is the electric guitar playing or kids laughing when I am on the phone with a client. But in the grand scheme, those are good problems to have.

I have to worry about finding clients, organizing projects, figuring out how to create value with no manual telling me “how to.”  But like most of life, it is a challenge and a blessing.  I get to work without a manual telling me “how to”, I get to work with lots of different types of businesses, and mostly, I get to work with people who bring me in because they want to change, to do it differently, better.  What a blessing.

That is my sharing for today–everything in life is a challenge and a blessing. Most business books on innovation tell us to look at challenges as opportunities.  Does that mean that everything in life is an opportunity and a blessing?

What do you think?

Oct 12

Perfect Love

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of becoming the perfect love.”

~ Tom Robbins

Oct 07

Thank You Steve Jobs

I didn’t want to do this – write about Steve Jobs like everyone else.  It somehow feels wrong that I did not take time to say this before.  But his passing was so early and his effect on my world was great, and not just because I use a Mac or iPOD.  And so I write.  Steve Jobs had a tremendous effect on our world because he followed his heart and his dream.  Thank you Steve.

I have only been truly sad at the passing of two public figures – Steve Jobs and Jim Henson.  So I have been pondering why.  I think that both Steve and Jim Henson lived life to the fullest, would not stop until they had stretched the boundaries very thin, and gave creativity a new meaning.  Some times I feel badly that I do not live my life on the edge like they do, then decide that programming is a tremendous waste of energy and move on.  I am inspired by them every day.  Thank you again.

On another note – I almost got to shake hands with Steve once.  It was when the Lisa computer was introduced at Comdex in the early 80’s.  The Apple booth was CROWDED and though I was not really a computer geek, I liked technology and had to get close to my name sake.  More important was the fact that a man with the same first name as my brother had given a computer my name.  (Yes, only in my world is that cool–but as Steve said, follow your heart.)

Then, there in front of me was Steve Jobs.  I started to approach him to say thanks for naming a computer after me, then a couple of REAL Apple fans came up and it was obvious (even 30 years ago) that they were really enamored with Steve and Apple, so I stepped back, let them chat with Steve, just absorbing the moment. Steve was wearing a suit and tie so today when I see him photos of him in black turtleneck and jeans, it takes a moment to realize it’s him.  Funny how our minds work.

Thinking back and wondering why that moment stuck with me since it happened long before Steve was a universal icon, I realize that I was impressed with his being in the booth among the madding crowd.  One of the keys to Apple’s success is their connection with customers and as this example shows, it started in the beginning.

I wanted to relate to my kids why Steve’s presence means so much to me.  I tried to think of someone in their generation who represents the the principles that Steve lived so fully.  I could not.  I realized Steve is an icon in their generation as well.  His work and Apple’s affect is every bit as pertinent to their lives as to mine.

Well there, I’ve done it.  Written about Steve Jobs and feel more peaceful at his untimely passing.  You are in our hearts Steve Jobs.  Thank you.

Sep 16

Confusion to Truth

“When confusion reigns, it is easy to remember this truth: I am not my thoughts, nor my emotions, nor my sensory perceptions, nor my experiences. I am not the contents of my life. I am Life. I am the space in which everything happens. I am consciousness. I am the Present. I Am.”

We All Are.

~ Eckhart Tolle

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