Welcome! I want to give you a little tour of this corner of the internet where my blog will live.
In this space, the lighting will be low, and the chairs will be overstuffed and comfy. This will be a space of tranquility. Come on in.
“Throw off your tiredness,” as Rumi says, and let yourself sit down — with an exhale.
Imagine there’s a cup of peach tea, warm in your hands, and it smells so good you can’t help but breathe it in. That may be the first full breath you’ve taken today.
This is a place to come by, settle in and collect yourself, and perhaps find something to take along with you: some inspiration, connection, a tool to pick up and guide you along the way. I hope you’ll some find wisdom here, not because I purport to be any purveyor of wisdom, but because this is a space where we can be curious together. I’m a fellow traveler…and this blog will be a place where we can stop, take a rest, and share our field notes.
I’ll start with the words most impactful to me in my own life, and foundational to my work as a teacher, counselor and a coach. This quote, attributed to Viktor Frankl by Stephen Covey, reads:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
The space referred to in those lines, between stimulus and response, may be counted in temporal terms as a millisecond, but its depths and possibilities are endless. In it, you can find much of what you’re longing for: a sense of control, connection to others, meaning, purpose. This critical space, and our power to choose how we want to show up for it — is offered up to us over and over each day. Yet so often we step right over it or attempt to reach past it, our eyes trained on all the madness out there that we can’t control.
To hold space, and create a place for you, so you can find your space: that is what I hope to bring to this coaching practice and to this blog. I want to create space outside the overwhelm, where you can find a microdose of calm. Space to reflect inward and attend to the most important elements of your human volition: your thinking, your emotions, and the actions you take. Space from which you can ask the question, “What is life asking of me?” and create your own unique answer.
So consider yourself a welcome guest in this place, outside the overwhelm; beyond all the tasks, the needs and demands, where you can find your space. I hope you’ll come by often.