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When life seems sideways

What’s wrong? Why so uneasy?

There are moments when you suspect deep down you’re not whole, when you feel you have somehow misplaced a portion of your soul. Nothing is clicking, joy seems a stretch or you’re just going through the motions in a haze of detachment.

And you’re not sure what to do about it or that it is worth the effort to figure out.  For that matter, there is doubt that what you’re experiencing is even abnormal. I’ve experienced that uncertainty.  I’ve also found success in challenging subtle feelings of personal inadequacy and experiencing fresh inspiration, fulfillment and presence. Wholeness comes when I take the time to look honestly at myself, all of me. Hear me out.

The number of Vine loops, Instagram selfies and Facebook missives don’t replace authentic introspection.  Our primal ID is far different than the face at the end of a selfie stick and posts of today’s conquests on a timeline.  Each of us is an intensely complex and uniquely elegant creation.  Read more…

More than the sum of your parts

What’s missing? No, not your keys… or your phone.

There are moments when you suspect deep down you’re not whole, when you feel you have somehow misplaced a portion of your soul. Nothing is clicking, joy seems a stretch or you’re just going through the motions in a haze of detachment.
HealthInkLogo (1)And you’re not sure what to do about it or that it is worth the effort to figure out.  For that matter, there is doubt that what you’re experiencing is even valid. I’ve had those misgivings.  I’ve also found success in challenging subtle feelings of personal inadequacy and experiencing fresh inspiration, fulfillment and presence. Wholeness comes when I take the time to look honestly at myself, all of me. Hear me out.

Most of us have become pretty adept at selfies on Instagram and writing a life narrative on Facebook and proclaiming, “This is me!”  Not even close. There is so much more to individuality than the smiling face at the end of a selfie stick and the posting of the latest conquests on a timeline.  Each of us is an intensely complex and uniquely elegant creation.

I’m not knocking social media.  Read more…

The science of leadership

Did you know that the U.S. Secret Service Tweets?  Actually, they aren’t giving away any national secrets. Twitter is mostly a marketing tool for the institution mandated by Congress to carry out two significant objectives: protection and investigation.

The Secret Service is known for utilizing the latest technology in achieving its directive.  And it uses current media tools in reaching talented individuals with leadership qualities and good character.  

Mark Sullivan

What’s it take to be a leader?  Mark Sullivan, Director of the U.S. Secret Service, has it down to a science.  He says it all about the 3 “c”s and a “d”. Sullivan spoke before a group at The Ohio State University recently.

Every good leader, according to Sullivan, embodies the qualities of caring, courage, confidence, and decision making.  These attributes are what the Service looks for in recruits. The Secret Service currently employs 7000.  And these same qualities aptly describe leaders in all areas of life Sullivan says.

At the top of his list of good character: caring. A genuine concern for others and the capacity to listen are fundamental to leadership according to Sullivan.

Courage goes beyond the expected bravery in a good leader.  It also includes a moral mettle.  Sullivan acknowledges we are all tested.

A leader has to be confident in his/her decisions, often going with the inner voice, the initial impulse when confronted in a situation. He cited trust and communication as essential ingredients of a well-rounded individual. Continue reading The science of leadership