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You’re Not Blind. And I’m Not Dumb.

You’re Not Blind. And I’m Not Dumb.

I had a delightful meeting today with a business associate. Our surface reason for meeting was creating a strategy for working together to help one of her clients. Our real reason was that we like each other. A lot. And we always come away richer when we’ve spent time together. At least, I know I do. (Leslie is one of the principles at Elements Partnership and contributes to their always insightful and inspiring BLOG – read it!) When two people who like each other, and enrich each other’s lives, get together the conversation gets real. Very real.  One of tags you’ll find on the Elements Partnership website is “People are hungry for real conversation.” Leslie is one of those people who fills that hunger for me. In the course of our conversation we discussed a leading “guru” we’ve both encountered, and I asked her feedback. She said, “I think ____________ has a brilliant mind, and a big heart… But not a lot of soul.” I knew immediately what she meant. Not that this person didn’t have a soul. Or that their soul wasn’t as infinite as hers or mine. But that it didn’t show up, it wasn’t available for connection, it wasn’t present in the interaction. For some people that feels safe. If the other person isn’t making themselves spiritually accessible then they need not interact on that level either. For me, it’s like trying to use sign language with a blind man. People are hungry for real conversation. And a real conversation only happens between people who are fully present, and that, to me, means body, mind AND...
50 Reasons Why 50 Doesn’t Matter

50 Reasons Why 50 Doesn’t Matter

Ah the expectations of turning the “big 5-0.” You’re “over the hill,” and “not getting any younger.”  Like wine you’re “getting better with age.” You’re “older and wiser.” You’re… You fill in the blank. I can’t say I really had any expectations of turning 50. Time for me has always been a little elastic. For instance, I showed up several weeks after I was “due” to arrive, I was younger at 31 than I was at 21, and I can pack an hour into 10 minutes or stretch a birthday into a full week of celebrations. So 50 for me was not really a milestone, at least, no more than any day or event is a milestone. But it WAS a great excuse to have some fun, and an inspiration to reflect on what time, age, expectations, and perceptions mean to all of us. I’ve filled several pages of my journal since officially turning 50, and reached a number of mental, emotional, and spiritual milestones. I’m sure you’ll see the outcomes here in future months, but I thought I’d share this list first. 50 Reasons Why 50 Doesn’t Matter (Unless You’re Looking for an Excuse to Celebrate!) #1 Because 50 is just a number – and no number can define me or confine me! #2 Because I don’t need a birthday to honor my past and create my future! I do that every day! #3 Because I’m only 9 in dog years. #4 Because time and age are relative – some days I’m older and some days I’m younger, but I’m always me. #5 Because no matter what my...