Labor Day used to herald the beginning of the school year. In many northern climates, this is still the case. Our southern friends will have been back to school for nearly a month when Labor Day rolls around. Still, I associate the holiday with the beginning of school. Read the rest of this entry »
A wonderful woman came to the beach this week. She had not been on this particular beach for almost sixty years. And all she wanted was to put her toes in the ocean. The walk through the sand to get to the water can be a considerable distance. She waited for high tide.
As her cane would not be steady enough to get through the sand, she used a walker with tennis balls on the bottom of each of the legs to maneuver in the sand. AND I looked out the window to see her walking along the beach with her toes in the water. Read the rest of this entry »
A man who made us laugh took his own life this past week. Robin Williams was widely recognized for both his professional talents and his generous response to those in need. AND his choice to respond to whatever he was confronting in his own life by ending his life offers those of us still choosing to be here an important gift. Read the rest of this entry »
I was walking the beach towards the end of the day. A little girl around three or four years old ran into the water apparently all by herself. As she got in a few feet, I noticed her put her arms out, stop, and call out to someone.
At that moment, a man was eyeing a great wave he was about to dive into. He looked back at the little girl. And then back—longingly—at the wave. In an instant, he turned away from the wave and ran back, to the delight of the little girl. It was so much fun to watch both of their expressions and imagine the stories in each one’s head. Read the rest of this entry »
I was planning to clean the house this morning. The forecast is for showers later in the day. The early morning sun beckoned and the tide was out. Soooo…out I went. AND in the quiet of the early morning, the only sounds were winds against my ears. The air was initially cool. Many people walked or ran on the beach with almost no audible presence.
AND as I walked, I found, carved in the smooth sand over an expanse of maybe twenty feet, a message. It began with the name of the beach and the year 2014 carved under it. A few feet away in very big letters the words thank you appeared. And only a short distance later two large hearts. A message from the sender to no one in particular expressing gratitude served as a wonderful fill up for me. Read the rest of this entry »
In several conversations with clients this week, I was struck by the sheer pace of life experienced by so many people. Work deadlines, organizational changes, market shifts that make the predictability of the workplace increasingly challenging or overwhelming characterize the work worlds of many people today. AND home life isn’t much slower.
Reactions vary widely. Some people wear themselves down trying to be all things to all people. Others are preoccupied with what might happen, long before it happens, if it ever does. Still others are laughing and enjoying the craziness, as if it were a performance occurring for their amusement. Read the rest of this entry »
The reminder to write a weekly entry for this blog travels with me wherever I find myself traveling for work. Whatever is going on, it is as if I have an alarm clock in my head reminding me that I need to have the entry ready for posting before early Sunday morning.
I am not someone who delights in making lists of things to do. If I do so, it’s to compensate for a memory that might fail me in making sure I naturally meet a deadline that I don’t want to miss. In those cases I will make a note and post the reminder somewhere on my desk. The reminder to write an AND entry sits prominently on the desk, encouraging me to write early. Read the rest of this entry »
I am fascinated by the power of a book or theatrical play to transport us to another world so completely that we forget any other reality, if only for a moment. The gift of attaching ourselves so quickly to the characters presented offers insight into our willingness to be sucked into others’ stories and to unconsciously make them our own. Read the rest of this entry »
The sun was warm on my back as I walked the beach in the early morning. A cool and refreshing undercurrent of air gently brushed my skin, as I walked along the water’s edge. The sky was blue without any clouds. One man was fishing with two children. A few people passed by with a nod or smile.
The beauty of the beach with its overnight deposits of shells, several with creatures still inside, wrapped me in a moment of peace. The line from e.e. cummings’ poem, “as small as a world and as large as alone” played in my head. AND in the moment, which may have been several minutes, I felt my connection with the oneness of a universe to which all living creatures belong. Read the rest of this entry »
In thinking about the upcoming Independence Day celebrations in the US and reflecting on a recent trip to Holland during World Cup festivities, I am struck by the promise and gift of independence. Flag waving and dressing in the colors of the country team during World Cup games reflect the gift of freedom to identify with something bigger than ourselves, something we share with others. AND in these times, I also find myself acutely aware of countries where such independence is currently unattainable. Read the rest of this entry »