Ever so close

My daughter Kate has been active as a volunteer, helping a family who recently arrived in the states after growing up in Republic of the Congo and spending 20 years in a refugee camp in Rwanda. She spends several days each week helping this family learn the basics of surviving in the US, a very foreign land and culture to them.

The father of the family, Claude (not his real name), has been offered a job on a farm nearby and the hope is that he will become self-sufficient in getting to and from work. Continue Reading…

Not in the mood right now

Not feeling in the mood to do certain things is a universal experience. If you’re like me, it’s a daily occurrence.

Like they say, never do today what can be put off until tomorrow.

An amusing thought it may be, but hardly a good rule to live by.

As normal as procrastination may be, when we allow it to become our constant companion, it can keep us stuck in a holding pattern that goes nowhere. Continue Reading…

You and your tribe

My son Nick invited me to join his tribe last week for an experience I won’t soon forget.

His tribe is the November Project which brings new meaning to the word fitness.

Each week they gather at the Harvard football stadium at 6 in the morning for a workout which is quite intense. Continue Reading…

Striving to be in Q2

One of the few books I’ve ever re-read is The 7Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey. Each time I read it I’m reminded of a few important principles which, if I’m smart enough to apply them faithfully, help keep me on track.

The 7 Habits is not a how-to book for wealth. Rather, it’s a guide for learning how to remain true to our highest values; things like family, service to others, integrity, and optimal health. Continue Reading…

Liberate yourself from stone

I saw an angel in the stone and carved it to set it free – Michelangelo

We may not be blessed with the vision of Michelangelo, nor his ability to turn a piece of marble into a work of art, but what each of us does possess is an amazing ability to envision a better life for ourselves – and then act in ways which turn what we imagine into something real.

Not unlike liberating an angel from stone, really. Continue Reading…

Vision is everything

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise”. – Robert Fritz

Last week I suggested spending a few minutes envisioning yourself in an ideal state, one in which you are experiencing wonderful, robust health.

As a health coach, I find this exercise to be a valuable way to help clients lay the groundwork for powerful change. Continue Reading…

To the moon in June

With summer just around the corner, it’s only natural to be thinking about good times ahead. You know – vacation, picnics with family and friends, frolicking on the beach – and spending lots more time in the great outdoors.

It’s also the time of year when many are still looking to shed a few ‘winter’ pounds so they can look good in summer attire, especially swimsuits. Hey, let’s be honest. When we look good we feel better. And ultimately that’s what we’re all after, isn’t it? Continue Reading…