Tagged with Meaningful Work

Education: A Good Thing

I almost decided to skip posting this week because I’m immersed in a boatload of new learning experiences: relationship coaching with Lisa Kramer; Gottman Institute level I training for working with couples; and dream/archetypal pattern analysis teleseminars with Michael Conforti at the Assisi Institute. My studies take me through to the early part of next … Continue reading

Playing the Game

Okay, this post starts out with a sigh. Can you hear it? SIGH. That’s me letting out a big intake of breath. Maybe it’s accompanied by a slight vocal rumble. But you know what a sigh sounds like, right? I’m sighing because I get so tired of playing the game. Sometimes it seems like there … Continue reading

WORK and LOVE and FUN and HEALTH

I just finished reading Scott Berg’s biography of Katharine Hepburn. Well, not exactly a biography. Something different, but I don’t actually know what to call it. According to Berg, Hepburn more or less adopted him shortly after they met, immediately knighting him her biographer at the start of their 20-year relationship. For several years he … Continue reading

More Perfectionism

Continuing the conversation from last week, I’d like to share my favorite story about perfectionism, from the book Art and Fear, by Bayles and Orland. Although the authors frame perfection specifically in terms of artists, their observations apply to perfectionism of any kind. And if you read it closely you will likely find something in … Continue reading

Perfectionism

Considering this week’s theme has been all about creativity, I thought I’d briefly stick my toe into the waters of perfectionism. Perfectionism. An experience most creatives are intimately familiar with. I know I certainly am. If I don’t carefully watch where I’m going, I can easily step into a perfectionistic mud hole. The big problem … Continue reading

Keeping the Channel Open

Susan Boyle is a sensational role model for keeping the channel open, no matter what. We can all be inspired by her willingness to embrace her talent and let it out into the world. And as a follow-up to my post about her yesterday, I thought it fitting to revisit Martha Graham’s famous words to … Continue reading

Susan Boyle

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been captivated this past week by Susan Boyle, the seemingly ordinary middle-aged woman who appears to be extraordinarily talented. I’m one of those who got goose bumps when I heard her sing. It helps that I’m a big fan of Les Miz in general and the song she … Continue reading

The Wishing Year

Last week I ventured out on a rainy night to listen to Noelle Oxenhandler read from her book, “The Wishing Year.” I debated hunkering down by the wood stove instead but was so glad I didn’t, because not only was Ms. Oxenhandler’s reading a delight, but the Union Hotel in Occidental turned out to be the ideal setting: … Continue reading

Job Search Magic

A few months ago I was interviewed for an article on job search. When I explained to the Sacramento Bee journalist that there’s no magic formula for getting a job during a recession, she seemed disappointed. I wasn’t surprised, because I often get the same response from clients and potential clients. They’re hoping I’ll perform … Continue reading

Work Before Play or Play Before Work?

With the industriousness of a new year in full swing and all that it implies (goals, resolutions, changes, etc), I’ve been thinking about how we balance work and play. I don’t know about you, but I learned long ago that I should finish my work before I go out and play. “Clean your room and … Continue reading