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so cute he is... brings me back to watching Alex's body go rigid with the pain - he'd bow backward and then forward, sobbing with all of his heart - for 8 hours a day - it was so heartbreaking... I can't wait for the day when they're able to do something about it all... so glad you had a "mild" bout of it - wouldn't wish colic on any baby or family... he's sure growing up - wow!
1 year, 6 months ago on Colic: What the Hell Is It?
Wow! Nick - nice description - found the invitation of the Self to be quite compelling... I love watching you put this "work" into language and into practice in your life. Makes me happy - it is the hardest thing to do - to really "be" - don't you think? I am in my own challenged space these days - gets a bit harder to really listen to the Self - so your piece comes at a perfect time... :D
1 year, 8 months ago on Note to Self: Help! Stop! Take a Rest!
I am blown away by the grace and courage shown by people battling cancer and knowing that their families will be left to live on - thank you for sharing this with us - my heart is touched and I wish you and their family love and strength
1 year, 9 months ago on #FollowFriday: Gerald Hemphill
so many moments that we reinforce someone's 'place' in the world - I still shake my head in wonderment how women have found themselves at the brunt of marginalization and inequality for hundreds of years - thank you - I think you did find something to add to the conversation -
2 years, 1 month ago on Celebrating women or the day?
I have spent a great deal of time pondering this very question. I practice all the time at being receptive, real, contemplative and grateful when others share their wisdom and hearts with me. I have my own word for this - penetrable. I try to clear a path for people to share themselves with me - to make myself available to touched by another's attempt to reach me. A very important conversation - thank you!
2 years, 1 month ago on Accepting Kindness With Grace
I think this was one of the hardest ideas for me to wrap my head around - I could only hear the external information coming at me - the criticism - the disgust - didn't realize that I wouldn't give it any room if it didn't have a place to land - I deal with what you are describing every day, Margie. I have to notice where the comments find a home in my own relationship with me... I recently attended a conference with Jeannine Rothe - she had the entire audience role playing with that inner dialogue - where each of spoke the language of that inner dialogue for the person we were sitting next to - it was extremely powerful -
The only way we ultimately get power is to really own that critical, deteriorating, unloving voice and square off with it - posts like yours help us all to do that...:D
2 years, 1 month ago on You Hear What You Want To Hear
Wow! Nick, I really appreciate the meaty content of your post. Really outlines the value of lists and building community - I think about how I watch you engage using your lists - there is an art to it, as well. I continue to marvel at how you synthesize information and make it easy to understand. :D
2 years, 2 months ago on Marketers Publishers & Bloggers: Cultivate Content, Community & Engagement
Without someone to talk us through our fears - we might all find ourselves in just such a moment - a globalized world can be scary for all of us
2 years, 4 months ago on Dinner in the war zone
These two rules are ones that I have tried to live by too but find that they're not so straightforward. I find that my idea of harming others often does not fit another's view of this. The result? Others have felt harmed by me whether it was my intention or not. My ownership and self responsibility has been more in "getting" when I harm someone and being willing to stand in the dialogue.
The second rule is just as difficult and I've seen it most clearly in parenting. There are times where I have watched him be harmed and chosen to do nothing about it. In groups that I facilitate, it is impossible to interfere and interrupt what I consider harmful moments - in fact - people in the group feel harmed by my efforts to block the actions.
Suffice it to say, these two rules have brought me much investigation and learning - I continue to have them be commitments and guides while knowing that they most often just produce a developmental dynamic tension that thrusts me into inquiry and dialogue with others.
Thanks Margie, I always appreciate the opportunity to express myself inside of your thought leadership - keeps me on the "leading" edge of my own experience...
2 years, 8 months ago on The Two Rules I Live By
I've seen this time and time again with clients - it's heartbreaking to watch as they justify and rationalize their disconnection and resulting isolation, sometimes until it's too late. i think there's something else that enters into the picture. It's emotionally challenging to stay "related" to customers, requires you to be at risk on a level that working with staff doesn't. Customers have a "power" that our workforce doesn't have over us and if we can't figure out how to bridge the "authenticity" space then other business activities become more compelling. We don't even realize that we're diverting ourselves from the discomfort because the calling seems so valid, reasonable, rational... I liked this - thank you for writing it...
2 years, 11 months ago on The Founders Trap
A small glimpse into a community that I know nothing about - would love explanations of the "abbreviations" - helps me understand better... thank you
3 years ago on The Form of a City Changes Faster, alas, than the Human Heart
I read the Road Less Traveled when I was 21 and it changed the direction of my life - the Tao of Pooh is right up there - I think I read one book about every 5 years that is so poignant - capable of setting my direction with more intention, understanding and determination - appreciate a list that allows me to revisit those that have made a difference and possibly try something new... Thanks for your post...
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Important (Not So Business) Business Books