Where Am I? [ Conscious Leadership ]

A question I ask multiple times a day at this point: Where am I? Above the line (open, curious, committed to learning) or below the line (committed to being right, defensive, closed)? Such a helpful tool. If you want to hear more, listen to this podcast I posted about last week.

The video above is from Concious Leadership Group.

(Thank you Noah)

Leading Above The Line

This episode of the Farnham Project Podcast is pure gold. Listen to Jim Dethmer, founding partner at the Conscious Leadership Group and the co-author of the insightful book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, spew an impressive amount of wisdom. It’s so dense I had to listen to it twice, the second time with a pen and paper to take notes. Wow. Here’s to leading and parenting above the line.

103 Bits of Advice by Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly turned 70 last week and he gave us a gift: For the past few years, he’s jotted down bits of unsolicited advice each year and shared it with us. Some of my favorites are:

– Dont ever work for someone you dont want to become.

– Your growth as a conscious being is measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have.

– Courtesy costs nothing. Lower the toilet seat after use. Let the people in the elevator exit before you enter. Return shopping carts to their designated areas. When you borrow something, return it better shape (filled up, cleaned) than when you got it.

This one made me laugh:

– To keep young kids behaving on a car road trip, have a bag of their favorite candy and throw a piece out the window each time they misbehave.

Read them all.

Can Sneakers Make You Happy?

These sneakers would qualify for what my team member Annie calls Dopamine Dressing. I love them. They won my heart. Wishlisted!

Anything You Identify With

This made me think: Anything we identify with, has the ability to activate our nervous system.

A Simple Fact That Blows Your Mind

This Thread is wonderful. Worth a click through and browse.

Good Things

Loving Loving Loving Melanie Richard’s personal compilation of good sensory things in life. Inspired by this!

Thank you for sharing Chris.

The Energy You Allow

“You are responsible for the energy you bring. And you are responsible for the energy you allow.”

I listened to a Super Soul Podcast this weekend (don’t remember which one) and overheard Oprah say this quote. Whoa!

#FOMO

Oh, I feel this.

Avoid The Temptation

This is hard one.

On Making Friends

Nathaniel Drew explores the challenge of making friends as adults.

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The Power of Letting Go

Letting go as a concept simplified by Nietzsche.

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A Posse of Misfits

Create magic together.

How Big Is Our Universe?

An updated version of Powers of Ten, based on current science. Fascinating.

The Art Of Disappearing

“When they say Don’t I know you?
say no.

When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.

If they say We should get together
say why?

It’s not that you don’t love them anymore.
You’re trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.

When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven’t seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don’t start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.

Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.”

Naomi Shihab Nye

A Kindness Log

Loving these instructions for keeping a Kindness Log.

(Thank you Annie)

Why We Resist Change

No More Billionaires

Don’t Be Afraid

This is lovely. Thank you for your gift, Gasta.

What If It Was Easy?

This seems to be have been the theme of my 2021. If it’s not hard or I am not exhausted after accomplishing something I don’t entirely trust it. Enough.

How To Use A Comma

I needed this humorous and visual comma rules refresher.

The Art of Disappearing

Really enjoying it starting 1:19.

I Want To Live

“I want to live
the rest of my life,
however long or short,
with as much sweetness
as I can decently manage,
loving all the people I love,
and doing as much as I can
of the work I still have to do.
I am going to write fire
until it comes out of my ears,
my eyes, my noseholes-everywhere.
Until it’s every breath I breathe.
I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor!”
– Audre Lourde

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I Am Feeling This

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