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August Musings

Waning days of summer remind me of a time to reflect on purposeful things I want to do for me this season. My mind goes to all things yellow like corn on the cob, butter, squash, daffodils, buzzing bees and so many other yellow things. As Ezra Pound says, “The … Read More

Tom Karl and R1 Learning

R1 Learning founder and president is Tom Karl, a business executive who started R1, a small education company, as the result of his personal experiences in addiction and recovery. The idea for the R1 Learning System and its Discovery Cards came to Tom when he noted, following a relapse, a … Read More

Pretend Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist

There’s a simple fact of life that none of us can escape…the end of it. No matter how rich, poor, healthy, sick or stubborn you may be, we all have to say sayonara at some point or another. With that in mind, I propose a simple experiment: Just for today, … Read More

Second Chances

June 17, 2020 …a day I will never forget. That’s when I started feeling sick. My kids wanted to go to the pool. While there, I developed chills. After we arrived home, I went to bed. That was just the beginning. By evening I vomited uncontrollably and had no control … Read More

Finding Purpose in Volunteering

The last day of full time work can be quite an adjustment.  Is your job the way you define yourself?  Does retirement give you any sense of loss of self-worth? David Brooks, in his recent excellent book Second Mountain, describes career as being the first mountain that we climb. A … Read More

My Body

To My Body by Dawn Sully Pile, MA; CPCC This morning as I sat and thought about how I wanted to be with myself, setting all news and other posts aside to allow grounding, this is what showed up. Dear Body, A bit after 4 AM on a June day … Read More

If Talented in X, Consider Y

Do you feel that your talents and interests are not being used sufficiently? Is your job or lifestyle unfulfilling? Often we identify with our job title, or stay in a dead-end career because it’s easier to do that than chance the unknown. We limit ourselves to our title and don’t … Read More

POISED FOR PURPOSE

The big questions humans ask themselves at various points throughout life… Who am I? What should I choose to do going forward? What do I most enjoy? What will make me happy? Successful people start very young by knowing what they want to do. Others learn as teens, young adults, … Read More