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Walking in a New Perspective

A couple weeks ago, Tom and I arrived at our small, rustic summer cabin on Echo Lakes, just south of Lake Tahoe.   Nestled in the majestic 60-foot white pine forest of the Northern Sierras, at 7500 feet elevation, the Pacific Crest Trail runs literally right behind the cabin. The ice-cold water of the small mountain lake called Echo Lake is …

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A Call for Love

I recently heard someone say that how people act demonstrates whether they are receiving love or putting out a call for love.   When I consider this in terms of behavior and communication, I think it just might be spot on. Think about the last time you experienced someone “acting out”— a teenager, a spouse, an audience member, a team member, …

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Do You Really Want to Be Happy?

Recently, I helped a business acquaintance to solve an issue that was causing them some grief and problems. They were very upset, and I had to spend a fair amount of time just helping them shift in a neutral emotional position to even begin to consider some helpful options. After several conversations, we finally found a solution, and the problem …

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Leaving Your Mark

This week, I have a fable to share: The Pencil The pencil-maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world,” he said. “Always remember these five things, and you’ll be a great pencil. “One: You are capable of many great things, …

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Things Are Always Working Out for Me

One of my favorite sayings when a wonderful little happy-stance happens for me is, “Life is always working out for me.” I often whisper it to Tom, accompanied by a little wink, and use it as “one more piece of proof” when the perfect spot opens up in a crowded parking lot or my flight is delayed on the very …

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Looking Through a Clearer Lens

Dr. Glenn, my optometrist asks, “Katherine, please read the letters on line 3 of the eye chart for me.” Looking through the apparatus he has swung before my eyes, I strain to read the letters and attempt to recite the information correctly back to him. The letters are small and blurry… difficult to decipher. Looking through this particular lens, I feel natural and …