What happens when you try something new? Is it like stepping out on the skinny branches of the tree of life? Do you wobble and fall? Is there a rush of adrenalin or an anxiety attack? It’s all part of the journey, right? Well we’re about to start ours!
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Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.
~ Brené Brown
Achieving work-life balance is something oft’ talked about. Some suggest it is a misnomer in certain work environments eg high performance workplaces. Others call it different names like work-life ‘fit’. Regardless, the concept of balancing the demands of work and life can be challenging. Can you really achieve it … or is it a pipe dream?
Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain’t no free rides, baby. No hitchhiking. And if you want to strike out in any new direction – you go alone. With a machete in your hand and the fear of God in your heart.
~ Ursula Le Guin
The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.
~ Joshua Waitzkin
A few years ago I attended a conference presentation by Dr Adam Fraser, a psychologist. He talked about working with elite athletes who trained hard, and rested well so that they could perform again the next day. He used that analogy for people working in high performance workplaces, suggesting we all need rest to be able to keep on performing our jobs. Do you get enough rest?
In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Stress is part of life. Sometimes it is a force for good – being functional, keeping us challenged and engaged. Most times when people talk about stress, it is the dysfunctional kind. Chronic stress is the most debilitating, creeping up on us as we try to “cope”.