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Presence-is it really that simple?

In my conversation with Warwick Schiller last week, he described how he is now solving most problems with horses – or problem horses – with presence.

“I’m really starting think that the present part is the most important part. Because what used to happen was…you know I was a horse trainer for a long time. I don’t train horses for the public anymore, so I’m not really a horse trainer anymore. But what used to happen was people would bring you a horse that has problems and you fix those problems. But what I realize now is that a lot of those problems come from us not being present around them. I know it sounds like it can’t be that simple, but it is that simple.”

Rising to the level of our aspirations

We are two months into a whole new world. I have questions.

First, what are we to call this whole new world? I don’t like “COVID-19”. It certainly doesn’t rise to the level of BC – AD. The Pandemic Era doesn’t work for me either. While the virus has precipitated this whole new world, I would rather focus on the opportunity it presents than the danger. So I’m going to call it the Great Reinvention.

We are all Copywriters

This week, Jeopardy had a question about a famous copywriter in Final Jeopardy. When putting words together makes you famous enough to be on Jeopardy, it’s tells you copywriting is a true profession.

Copywriting has been on my mind for a lot of reasons in the last few weeks. I’m working on a couple of new projects that require a lot of email communication. After some awkward exchanges thanks to me shooting off a cryptic note, I have had to pause and realize that taking a moment to read what I wrote before hitting send would save me time. Tons of time.

Being In Service

Here we are now, a couple of weeks into the year-long month of April. While it feels like we’ve be at this forever, what I’m really appreciating at the moment is the clarity. So much of the busy-ness I had allowed to creep into my life was just noise. Without it, I’m able to really …

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Distinction And When To Say No

Originally Posted: September 11, 2016“I’m going to do it all – and I’m going to do it perfectly.” While few say that out loud, their actions say it for them.  ​Know anyone who thinks (and acts) that way? I see it all the time, whether in a small business – where doing it all seems a necessity – to teams in giant corporations. The very same people who treat money as a scarce resource are willing to spend their energy doing tasks that provid […]

Just Because

Just because the world has changed doesn’t mean we have changed. Learning to work from home over twenty years ago pulled back the curtain on my inner world unlike almost anything since. After leaving my job at a downtown bank, in an instant, my commute went from traffic and tall buildings to the living room. Every morning, I showed up in my living room office, ready to impress the boss with how hard I was working. Except the boss wasn’t there. He lived two time zones […]

Rough Waters Make Good Sailors

In what feels like a single moment, the world has completely changed. The slow fires of a virus started spreading months ago. By now, we’ve all been impacted in some way. My world also changed in February 28 when my Dad, surrounded by his four children and wife Jane, left the plane of this Earth. …

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Striving for Imbalance

Years ago, I saw a quote by George Leonard that went something like this: the student says to the master “how can I ever learn to stay in balance the way you do?” and the master said “I’m out of balance much more than you are. I just recover more quickly.” If we want to …

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Contradictions

Near the end of one of the podcast episodes I just recorded (stay tuned for who it was, it’s a surprise!), we were talking about acts of creativity, where I contend we can feel our most vulnerable. My guest said “For this to work, you have to let go of caring if it works.” I’m …

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