“Why do you do what you do? How do you keep your heart and commitment alive?” Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner, Leading from Within
I’m spending some time at our family summer place. The house sits in the middle of a rural village, surrounded by woods with paths for logging and horseback riding. In years past the trail has been one of my favorite places to go running. It crosses a babbling stream at several places, and even on …
I’m taking some time during a quiet week at work for my EUPATI studies, a on-line training program for patient and family advocates about medicines research and development. This mornings’s lesson is pharmacovigilance — the complex science of preventing adverse effects toward medication. An important topic about which I know little, but from which we …
We invite you on ‘The Courage Way’ – a path to cultivating inner leadership characterized by integrity, courage, trustworthiness in our relationships and a grounding in our deepest self. We’ll seek to strengthen our capacity to live compassionately in the tension that arises in the gap between our deepest aspirations and our day-to-day lived reality. And together we’ll share resources and practices for how we renew our spirits and sustain ourselves in these times of great challenge.
On a walk last week, my 16-year-old and I heard the honking of some large white birds flying overhead. “Look! The cranes are back,” I said. “Wait, no…or are they herons?” Telling the difference between large, white water birds with long legs is not my strong suit. After doing some googling later that day, my teenager …
Touchstones help groups hold tension and engage in meaningful, honest conversation about difficult subjects with both courage and kindness. They can create the conditions that enable creativity, engagement and courage. How and where are you experiencing safety and trust? Where in your collaborations and relationships might you need a little more?
Please join us on Friday, May 7, 2021 as we explore the Center for Courage & Renewal’s Touchstones as a way to create spaces that honor individual integrity and build relational trust.
Coming out of the woods yesterday, I crossed paths with a woman and her dog. Though I didn’t know her, I said hi and she said hello in response. I continued along the snowy path and had made my way about 20 yards/meters before I heard her call to me. I turned towards her and she shouted, “Thank you for saying hello. It means so much to me these days. I try to say hi to everyone I meet on my walks, and you’re the first person who beat me to it in a long time.”
When I listen to my heart tell me what is more important to me than avoiding an immediate threat, the courage to act can suddenly appear.
The snowdrops came up this weekend. Their reappearance every year brings a shock of hope so unexpected and intense it’s almost violent. It only took a few hours of sunlight on a warm brick wall and there they were.