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Monthly Archives: December 2008

New Year’s Resolution or Soulful Commitment?

Happy New Year’s Eve!


I’m not a fan of the concept of New Year’s resolutions.  It seems that these “resolutions” are somehow now associated with failure…the things we wanted to do in the new year but didn’t quite manage to achieve.


Let’s not make resolutions this year.  Let’s make commitments, heart-and-soul intentions that we’ll find a way to achieve, come hell or high water.  In the end, it’s the process of dedicating ourselves to these dreams and goals that matters and changes our lives, so let’s do it—together.


Here’s one heart-and-soul commitment I’m dedicating myself to …I’m letting go of worry, as best I can.  Worry has eaten away at me for years, and I’m tired of it.  I’m giving it up.  I’m starting today in the process of tuning myself like a tuning fork.  Each morning as I awaken, I’m tuning myself to the vibration of well-being, peace, and carefree calm.  It feels good to vibrate at this level…it makes me want more of it.


So out with the resolutions, and in with soulful commitments.  Mine is to internal peace and harmony, and letting my worries go.  What’s yours?


Here’s to happy breakthroughs and soulful intentions that change our lives.


Happy New Year to you and yours!



A Job vs. a “Calling”

I recently read a very thought-provoking article by Michael Lewis, columnist for Bloomberg News, about the difference between a “calling” and a job.  He had some very powerful insights about the differences. 


Here’s the article (it’s certainly worth a read, especially in today’s times):

A Wall Street Job Can’t Match a Calling in Life



What struck me most deeply were two sentiments:

“There’s a direct relationship between risk and reward. A fantastically rewarding career usually requires you to take fantastic risks.”




“A calling is an activity you find so compelling that you wind up organizing your entire self around it — often to the detriment of your life outside of it.”


I couldn’t agree more.


Over the years, I’ve worked with a good number individuals who dream of having a fantastic and thrilling career, but in some essential way(s) aren’t willing to embrace or take on what’s required to achieve it. 


What is required?  Here’s a list of traits and characteristics that I believe are essential to having a fantastic career (or following a calling):


          Boundless energy and commitment

          A large reserve of hope and faith

          Self-esteem and self-confidence to know that your dream is achievable

          Openness to learn from your mistakes and to get help when needed

          A healthy dose of reality about what’s necessary to succeed on this path

          Risk-acceptance and tolerance

          The belief that you can’t live without pursuing this career

          A very tough skin


I agree with Michael too that neither way is better (a job or calling); they’re just different.  “There are costs and benefits to both.”  You may have a job you enjoy (or can live with) yet know that what makes you feel passionate and powerful is not your job, but outside interests and experiences.  The key is to follow a path (either personally or professionally) that lights you up on the inside, and motivates you to be all you can be.


I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights:

1)       Are you involved in a job or a calling?   Which works best for you?

2)       If you feel you have a fantastic career and professional life, what did it take to get it?

3)       What advice can you give for others about the benefits and risks to having a job vs. following a calling?


The Indomitable Donkey

This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking with writer extraordinaire, Janene Mascarella (, a successful contributor to many magazines that we know and love.  We discussed what it takes to thrive in a creative field such as freelance writing.  Janene shared a terrific little story that she sees as a metaphor for what we all must do to move forward in our lives, putting ourselves out there each and every day, with persistence and faith.


The story tells of an aging donkey who lives on a farm.  His owner decides it’s time to do away with the donkey, believing he’s seen better days.  The farmer digs a very deep hole in which to bury the donkey.  In goes the donkey, but each time the farmer throws in a shovel of dirt, the donkey shakes it off, and steps up.  And so it goes for hours: dirt on the donkey… donkey shakes it off, and steps up.  Shakes it off, and steps up.  Finally, after many hours, the donkey has shaken off so much dirt that he reaches level ground, and runs away to safety and freedom.


According to Janene, we all need to shake off everything thrown our way that holds us back and keeps us down.  Then we must step up – to what we believe in, and to what we know to be true about ourselves, and what we are capable of.  When an editor rejects a pitch, she shakes it off and moves on to the next idea or editor, undaunted, until an acceptance comes (and it always does!).


I think this philosophy couldn’t be more appropriate for today’s challenges.   In fact, ever since I heard this little story, I can’t help but think…what do I need to shake off today? 


Question of the week:  What needs to be shaken off in your life? And how can you step up to reach your highest and best self this week?


Thank you, Janene, for the inspiration!

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