Fear or Comfort: Which One Holds Us Back More Often?

Man With Courage On Sunrise

Someone asked me recently how I developed the courage to step out of the box and do my own thing. And it really made me stop and reflect. But before I get into that, I want you to take a moment and think about what might be keeping you from stepping out of the box . . . . . . is it fear? Okay. Now delve a little deeper into that feeling of fear, and really think about where it’s coming from. I know when I’m feeling apprehensive, it is usually because I’m about to do something I’ve never…

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What’s Your Backup Plan? How to Expand Your Impact (Even When Life Gets in the Way)

Flu

A couple of weeks ago, I told you I’d gotten hit with the flu and was sicker than I’ve been in at least 30 years. Many of you sent me kind words of encouragement and well-wishes, and I’m so grateful. But I’m curious. What happens in your life when you’re hit by an illness, or need to take care of an emergency? With the way that most of us practice, if we’re not seeing clients, we’re not getting paid. So when something unexpected happens and we can’t be in the office to see clients, we lose money. But years ago,…

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A Reflection on This Season of Renewal

Forsythia

For weeks I’ve been staring out my window at bare forsythia branches, almost willing them to reveal the slightest whisper of yellow. Finally, the other day, I saw it—the hint of yellow I’d been squinting so hard to detect seems suddenly to have arrived in full flower. Snowdrops and purple and white crocus had already begun dotting neighbors’ lawns and, next, daffodils trumpeted the arrival of spring. I awoke to birdsong as robins, cardinals, and chickadees busied themselves in building nests to cradle new life. Then, of course, it snowed again. I know, some of you in sunnier parts of…

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One Year Later, Remembering the Boston Marathon: An Inspiring Story of Strength and Passion

Boston Marathon

One year ago yesterday, we suffered a terrible tragedy, and it hit so close to home here in Connecticut. On April 15, 2013, three lives were lost and hundreds of lives were forever changed when two bombs went off near the finish line of the 177th Boston Marathon. But out of such a terrible tragedy has come so much love, compassion, and perseverance, which is even more evidence of the strength and exuberance of the human spirit. One story in particular that I think is a shining example of the ability the human body has to overcome big challenges can…

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Rebooting with Mother Nature – Something to Inspire You

Here in the northeast, we’ve gone through quite a winter. Now I know it could always be worse (and there are other places in the world that got hit a whole lot harder than we did), but I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see flowers blooming again. And to top it all off, over the weekend, I got hit with the flu and was sicker than I’ve been in at least 30 years. But yesterday, as my symptoms started to ease a bit, I walked outside to the sun beating down on my face, a gentle breeze blowing,…

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What Will Your Greatest Accomplishment Be? (Revisited)

Ruth and Gloria Steinem

One of my long-time heroes, the renowned feminist activist, Ms. Gloria Steinem, recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and it got me thinking about something I posted last summer. It was about the time I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Steinem at the University of Connecticut Women’s Center. You see, I helped found the Women’s Center back in the 70′s, and when great things happen there I can’t help but smile (and often jump at the chance to be part of them). This event was particularly exciting, though, because Ms. Steinem was appearing as their keynote speaker. During her talk…

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