always been interested in the interplay of mores and values at work
in our culture, and how people adapt to the ways they mesh
and collide. How we cope with this “clash” reveals a great
deal about nuance of character—the 'who we are' and 'why we
do what we do.' I’m fascinated
by how people react when mores influence values and thus shift one’s
paradigm—the lens from which we see our lives and circumstance.
And, I’m interested in how people
learn to trust one another and to see interdependence as a positive attribute.
Certainly the journey we each make, while filled with challenges, is meaningful
regardless of the circumstances of our lives. But it takes on an even greater
meaning when we unite, which is one reason I believe that it is our obligation—as
much as it is our honor—to help others to see their lives as full of
hope. By helping each other to sweeten life’s joys and ease the bitterness
of its losses, to see our world as less impossible and more glorious, we nourish
the spirit of one another. Yes, we are strong, independent and self-actualizing
people but we must also convene in a spirit of sharing our collective wisdom
knowing that whatever our paths, within each experience laid before us is the
opportunity to have our lives and our work be a blessing to one another.
I enjoy engaging people in the conscious exploration of 'calling'—the
intentional pursuit of that which enlightens and ignites the heart to feel
joy-filled, purpose-filled and courageous. This is one of the reasons
I find writing about 'real life' (and now publishing the works of others) particularly
else is more interesting than documenting the roads we travel and discerning
why we do so. Certainly external events shape our lives in powerful ways: There
are memorable events that inspire us, victories that bring new confidence,
defeats that bring our hearts to their knees.
But sometimes a shift in attitude (and thus action) isn’t the
result of an outward pivotal point, but rather an internal one—such
as the realization that one's life is brimming with joy or, conversely,
empty, completely void of zest or zeal. Whether a stunning victory or
an inconceivable loss, the common element in both is a “shift” that
can put the rest of our lives in focus. These are defining, crucial
moments. It’s just a matter of time before we learn that we are
damaged less by the calamities of life than by our perceptions of them,
and that we are each responsible for developing a stable, reliable
and authentic sense of self.