Two college friends showed up uninvited after my divorce six years ago. These guys were like brothers, friendly kin by choice to each other and to me. One held my hand while the other hugged me. Then I woke up. It felt like a true visitation, this dream, not from them but from some other holy energy. The unspoken message louder than my fear of the unknown for a few precious minutes was that I was so very loved. That I would be okay. That my new life would carry me through a healing season while … [Read more...] about You are so very loved.
My best writing might land in someone's inbox. I send "epic" emails, I'm told, and texts as long as letters. Befriending a writer in love with words – and all the ways they connect us – means you'll get some heartfelt messages. Finding one 2015 note to an old, long-distance friend last week, pasted into a journal, uplifted me. The backstory: We'd both been through recent breakups, and I wanted to encourage him. May you also be encouraged. * * * It's not a new lesson, to be with someone … [Read more...] about Something Beautiful Grows
If you want advice on dealing with "difficult" people, ask a waiter or waitress. Better still, talk to the one you've watched at a favorite local restaurant, offering the same friendly service to all of her tables. She radiates authentic warmth and patience every time you visit. What's her secret? The first tip I harvested from Nicole was not what she said, but the way she considered the question before answering. Consulting the heart's intelligence usually requires a pause. I often forget … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to More Personal Peace
The employee review is one of your most powerful internal communication vehicles, linked to both employee satisfaction and retention. Managing people is a sacred act, and even one employee creates a "workplace." Whether your office is in a tall building or a small chapel, each employee deserves regular, open feedback about that person's work and how your workplace has been experienced. What's it like, working with you? When you invite team members to consider some big questions, take your … [Read more...] about HR Reviews for Life
As I walk, someone is watching. He is working, and so am I, stepping in circles and following loops of patterned brick. I'm focused on my feet and my feelings instead of the cold breeze. Twenty minutes later – when I'm finished – he stops grooming shrubs and asks what I was doing, what it all meant. This is the heart of that conversation. A labyrinth is not the same thing as a maze. There's one way in and one way out, but the shared goal of labyrinth and maze is reaching the … [Read more...] about How to Walk a Labyrinth