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Pilot und Copilot

Who’s Flying the Plane?

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There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.

— Orson Welles

Recently, one of the local radio traffic reporters was severely injured in a plane crash.  As he’s been healing, he’s been interviewed by the radio station.  Over and over, he kept saying that he’d kept flying the plane until it was on the ground.

Seems a bit obvious, doesn’t it?  Maybe, maybe not.  The interviewer would ask things like, Continue reading » Who’s Flying the Plane?


Reach and Contain

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How well do you tolerate “not knowing”? Perhaps you’ll find courage in Erik Weihenmayer’s story.

The next time I’m flapping my face and wringing my hands (at least in my imagination) over a whole lot of uncontrollable unknowns, I’ll remember Erik Weihenmayer’s recounting of his conquest of Mount Everest’s summit:

…the fear of climbing blind comes when I’m reaching out to the darkness when I don’t know what I’m going to find…

As the first blind man to reach Everests summit, Erik pushed the limits of his fears and found the courage to embrace a new life.  Surely there are many lessons we can Continue reading » Reach and Contain

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Here Be Growth

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And then there’s the rest of the story – positive feelings as marquees for growth opportunities…

Herein lies the likely reason for feelings.  Just as negative feelings are a “here-be-dragons” sensory system that alarms you, telling you unmistakably that you are in a win-lose encounter, the feeling part of positive emotion is also sensory.

Positive feeling is a neon “here-be-growth” marquee that tells you that a potential win-win encounter is at hand… Positive feelings about a person or an object get us to approach it, while negative feelings get us to avoid it.

— Martin Seligman

I admit:  When I’m feeling positive I’m usually so happy to be happy, so caught up in the joy of the moment, that I may be missing the “here be growth” message – and as a consequence, missing an opportunity to approach and explore new paths. This is one of those déjà-vu-all-over-again moments for me because last year about this time, in my post Waiting in the Wings, I wrote Continue reading » Here Be Growth

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Room to Grow

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This post is part of the Blog Carnival hosted by Jenni Prokopy.

How will you make the most of your 2011?

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

— Ellen Goodman

During these early days of 2011 I find myself beguiled by a lingering holiday enchantment:

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

— Charles Dickens

And, under the influence of this post-Christmas haze, I’m walking through Continue reading » Room to Grow