One of the most reliable ways I know to boost your ability to be well, do good and enjoy the ride is to amp up a coaching tool called “bag it, barter it, or better it” by mixing it with your VIA signature strengths. When you’re facing a task or. . . .Show me more . . .
Just as I got used to navigating the woods in what passed for winter here in the northeast, winter storm Jonas changed the landscape, quite literally, overnight. Landmarks that had become prominent through bare trees just weeks ago were obscured by several feet of snow. Frozen creeks looked like roads. . . .Show me more . . .
Three generations, decked out in red, white and blue, lawn chairs at the curb in the same spot since the flag only had 48 stars. The parade’s been the same since the grandparents were newlyweds, the parents were toddlers and the kids scrambling for candy tossed from the floats weren’t. . . .Show me more . . .
Did you ever sort of know something but didn’t realize exactly what until it became so clear that you couldn’t ever not know it again? I love when that happens. One of my great joys in life is singing with a symphonic chorus known for both performing the masterworks and commissioning composers who. . . .Show me more . . .
Whenever I lead a workshop or coach a client around applying their values and strengths at work, I know it’s going well when I start to sense a little discomfort. Doubt. Skepticism. Love? I can’t use that in my job. OK, I get teamwork, but zest, kindness, forgiveness? At work?. . . .Show me more . . .
Change is inevitable. I used to teach a class called Music Humanities. To sixth graders. We started the year by discussing the inevitability of change as well as other characteristics like these: Change can be spontaneous or planned. Change can happen quickly or take a long time. Change can be. . . .Show me more . . .
It sounded like such a great idea back when spring was still weeks away. Lead a nature class on the beach? Cool. A perfect kickstart to the summer season. For a hundred or so sixth graders? Awesome. Teaching + the beach = two of my favorite things. I even adore middle school. . . .Show me more . . .
I love evenings. Especially the kind that begin many hours after noon and involve daylight. I celebrated the first evening after springing ahead yesterday by taking time to savor the sunset, at the delightfully late hour of seven o’clock. And I got up early enough to complete and ship a. . . .Show me more . . .
Clicking share on social media helped me figure out what I’m working for. Since you have to work, too, or at least do something with your time, here’s how to figure out what you’re working for, too. What’s Worth Fighting For? I wanted to believe that Winston Churchill asked, “then. . . .Show me more . . .