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Personal Change Management; the tools

March 13, 2017 0 Comments

A post entitled, Embracing Uncertainty, suggested an alternative description of the practices often recommended to support resilience. It has become clear that the language helping professionals use, is often one of the most significant obstacles to supporting significant life and career change. So, if you’ve embraced mindfulness, a daily meditation practice or have already found your way into a supportive recovery community […]

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Embracing Uncertainty, the space in-between

February 27, 2017 0 Comments

Navigating the space in between what was, what is, and what will be, can be daunting. Yet, in those days, weeks, months or years, we conceive and create our future. “Choose to live in the present moment” is fine advice. Living mindfully, embracing self-care and a sense of prosperity requires skill building and support. But where […]

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On depression as a necessary winter before the spring…

September 5, 2016 0 Comments

Imagine if we, as a culture, could embrace depression. Imagine that in any life cycle there are, as in nature, seasons. Depression does not always have to be viewed as pathology. The industrial age introduced clocks, the digital age upped 9-5 to 24/7. We are not meant to operate outside of the natural order of […]

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On…Continuing Education

August 4, 2016 0 Comments

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”  So goes the very powerful fundraising campaign launched by United Negro College Fund in 1972. It’s one of the most enduring tag-lines Madison Avenue has brought the world. It endures because the sentiment is universal. Dust off the cobwebs, turn off the talking heads and find out what real […]

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Forgiving and Moving on…

August 12, 2015 0 Comments

Not. Not now. For some, perhaps not ever. How much energy, creativity or progress is lost to us personally, professionally or civically, because we don’t choose to address  this? Post conflict is complicated, human nature is not. This wisdom is over 2500 years old. Clearly, our limitations haven’t eased in nearly 3 millennia.   Ironic that I was […]

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Why Write? “…it is human nature to write”

April 5, 2015 0 Comments

So says Julia Cameron in her introduction to The Right to Write. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes us directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and mediation, connecting us both […]

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The Irish Language

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

My relationship with the Irish language has evolved over the half dozen years I have been here. It’s doubtful I’ll learn to speak it, I’ve little facility with language, but what I’ve learned about it has certainly informed my understanding of the people of this island. Three people opened the door to that understanding. Carol […]

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Swords into Ploughshares…

January 25, 2015 0 Comments

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares… Isaiah 2:4 This New York City park sits just below my first apartment. I visited it often during the years I lived in Tudor City. The adolescent, protesting child of the Vietnam War era wondered whether those words would come to pass in my lifetime. Here in Northern Ireland, I believe […]

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Acting “As If”

January 23, 2015 0 Comments

I was delighted to read a recent blog post by “The Brazen Careerist” on “6 Ways to Build a Personal Brand and Get Hired for Your Dream Job”.  His advice in a nutshell: Act as if you have it right now- Think of yourself as a company Dress for the job you want Build an online […]

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Overcoming Objections

January 15, 2015 0 Comments

Starting with my own! January 1981, I remember the moment vividly. This was what I didn’t know I didn’t know! I’d relocated and needed work. I took a recruitment job “placing” accountants and then “selling” for a temporary placement agency. “Salesmanship” was a skill I lacked. Utterly. Today I understand it on a deeper and more nuanced level. […]

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