Be Aware of the Blues

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It seems as if the holiday season comes sooner all of the time with retailers decorating and playing music and all the advertisements involved. The season is full of traditions, rituals, and festivities that set expectations high for both religious and secular activities. The tone is set by the music that is often continuously played during the season: “Tis the …

Finding the Space to Lead

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If you are in the position to influence the lives of others, you are a leader.  This role is not just for bosses, managers, but for parents, coaches, pastors.  You probably fit into one or more of these roles and you know the busy-ness that accompanies being a leader.  And in this holiday season, we are even busier–if that is …

A Great Example of Sage-ing

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One of the main components of Sage-ing is to push back on societal stereotypes.  The marketing messages about aging and the models used seem to stress anti-aging and favor the young–even the very young.  The imaging of aging are often not positive or favorable. A great example of Sage-ing was in the Sunday New York Times titled “Her Age?  Glad You Asked.”  …

Don’t Age–Become a Sage

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One of my favorite local events is called Sages Over 70.  Since I am passionate about sage-ing rather than aging, I appreciate lifting up the good works of people who have been contributing to the community and to others for many years.  For our community to continue to thrive, we need to keep people engaged so we benefit from their wisdom …

Why Compassion Is Important

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Krista Tippett was in town last week speaking about “Becoming Wise.”  Since wisdom is one of my favorite words, her work resonates with me.  While I was not able to attend, I have read her book by the same title.  I also subscribe to her newsletter “On Being” which I highly recommend if you are interested in topics such as …

Trying to Understand Power and Influence

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One thought leader I follow is Mark Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.   Similar to me, he interviews authorities and shares what he learns.  So if you like to read about leadership, I would encourage you to follow him.  He is smart, thoughtful, and does his research.  I contacted Mark the current state of …

Leading With Wisdom

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This post is longer than usual, but it will not become my normal practice.  I have tried hard to avoid talking about politics, but I feel now is the time to share some thoughts on leadership related to the campaign so that I can move forward.  I know it has become risky to talk about politics at dinner parties, church, …

Learn and Discover New Things Through Travel

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NOTE:  It has been pointed out to me that during my website transition to the new revised site that a few of my blog posts got lost–or they never arrived as planned.  So I am reposting a few posts just in case.  Thanks in advance for understanding.  As always, please feel free to comment or to send me an email. …

What I Learned and Discovered

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If you follow my blog, you know that one of the topics I blog about is sage-ing or positive aging.  One of the main ways to age gracefully is to continue to learn and wisdom comes from processing our life experience.  So I am going to share with you in several future posts what I have learned and discovered during …