My perception is the world needs hope. The world needs faith that purpose exists in all things. I want to live in that "place where deep gladness and the world's hunger meet", where my joy at helping people not give up meets with the world's need for hope (Palmer, p. 31).
Palmer, P. (2007). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Landscape of a Teacher's life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
When we can listen not from a place of what we want to know but from a place of what others wish to share, we are providing that nonjudgmental, compassionate space for healing – Hope Has a Cold Nose
We can provide that space for thriving with life.
Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her book, Eat, Pray, Love about a Sufi poem which said that long ago a circle was drawn in the sand, exactly around the spot where one stands now. “I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen (pp. 309)”.
My journey has always been leading me to serve you as coach and teacher in reframing the narratives for one or all ways you lead your life. In your organization, in person or remotely , within your community, with your family, in your life.
I gained leadership experience and expertise through twenty-six years in a corporate environment in sixteen different roles of ever-increasing responsibility and diverse experiences. Multiple transitions? Definitely. Each one I sought.
I added to my experiences and expertise through a master’s program in Organizational Leadership. In parallel I had also began writing end of life stories at a local hospice.
Robert Frost writes “two paths diverged and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference” Initially, in the middle of my holistic education program, I thought I was standing at a crossroads between two paths. I did take the one less traveled.
It led me to publishing my life story in a memoir titled: “To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet”. It led me to learn how to see and hear others even when physical space separates. It led my path to a veteran and his service dog. This would lead me further down the road less traveled to publish my second book, “Hope Has a Cold Nose” This time it would be twenty-three life stories, each reframed about the healing effects of service animals for veterans journeying with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military-sexual trauma (MST). Or as I reframe P.T.S.D – pain, trauma, sorrow, and despair. At least one of these elements each of us as human beings know / have known.
Now the paths have merged. Like a river tributary that then comes back to the main flow, I have discovered in this circle I now stand that whether you are a leader in an organization, in community, in family, or simply in every day you wake up doing the best you can to lead your life, you are also narrating your story and that story has a purpose. At the very deepest part of you, there is an inner whisper that wants you to thrive. No matter what your story has been, or is, you are meant to make it matter that your story has happened exactly as it has.
It would be my privilege to hold up a mirror for you to see and see again. Together we can reframe how you lead. How you live. How you thrive.