CREATING A BLESSING WAY (as of today):
MY DAILY PRACTICE
1) PRAYER. Cross cultural definition of prayer: set sacred intention.
Her story put the brakes on my day as it's so worthy of a sacred pause.
In what ways have I chosen 'silence' followed by conflict?
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
"To become neighbours is to bridge the gap between people. As long as there is distance between us and we cannot look in each other's eyes, all sorts of false ideas and images arise. We give them names, make jokes about them, cover them with our prejudices, and avoid direct contact. We think of them as enemies. We forget that they love as we love, care for their children as we care for ours, become sick and die as we do. We forget that they are our brothers and sisters and treat them as objects that can be destroyed at will.
Only when we have the courage to cross the street and look in one another's eyes can we see there that we are children of the same God and members of the same human family". ~ Henri Nouwen
Ken Saxon, a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and founder of Leading From Within, shares how the practice of "Turning to Wonder" has strengthened his capacity as business leader.
Ken says, "When you work in organizations, you deal with all kinds of very different people and they respond in different ways to different things. If your paradigm is that there's one right way to look at things and outliers are just problems, you end up losing the richness of diversity of the community, of ideas and of solutions.
"Turning to wonder allows me to appreciate that these people are made of the same things I am, and yet they have completely different responses. And I become much more open to hearing the fullness of ideas in the room."
Written by Heather Erhard. Reprinted with Permission.
"The whole notion of retirement has been radically changed. Formerly we thought of retirement as the beginning of the end; today we simply think of retirement as a new beginning. The retirement transition is actually the beginning of a new career/life stage called RENEWAL." Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D., author of The New Retirement© and creator of the Retirement Success Profile™.
Thank you, Don Coleman
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.
The Joy is in the Journey