Category Archives: Purpose

On the Road At Home

I recently returned from a lovely camping trip in the Guadalupe National Mountains National Park in west Texas. This little-used park is simply stunning. It’s the northernmost tip of the Chihuahuan Desert, where the desert ends and skies up into mountain peaks. The hiking was fabulous, and nature worked its wonderful magic tricks on me […]

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Who is Your Teacher Today?

“I am not self-taught. Everybody who has given me a moment of beauty, significance or excitement has been a teacher.” – Jazz Pianist and Teacher George Russell Who is your teacher today? And what are you going to teach everyone you touch?

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What is your favorite purpose power tool?

What is your favorite purpose power tool? (A power tool is my way of describing something that powerfully helps you do something.) There are many tools to remember what is most important and vital. My favorite tool to remember the power of purpose, a purpose power tool if you will, is nature. What’s yours?

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What Is Melting?

April warmth melts snow and frozen ground. This is a powerful force of nature and it’s one we can align with. There are always things that got stuck and frozen in us. Ideas of how life should be, misconceptions, old hurts, all the ways of doing things that may feel a little stale but there […]

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March With Nature and Get the Work Done

Ten days ago I was happily sledding on a sunny day with two feet of snow on the ground. Five days later? I walked the same sunny hill, no snow now, and no jacket, gloves scarf, hat – it was a t-shirt day. Everything around us (and inside us) changes all the time. Some changes […]

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The Tree Where Spirit and Technique Meet

A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew; And half is half and yet is all the scene… – William Butler Yeats Like turning maple trees, like the fall itself, you too are poised halfway between something. What is […]

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A Purpose Pause, “half all glittering flame and half all green”

In his poem Vacillation, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats sets a primal October vision: “A tree there is that from its topmost bough is half all glittering flame and half all green.” This month thousands of leaf-peepers will quest for that peculiarly New England phrase – peak foliage. This moment of equilibrium, of fiery […]

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How To End With a Purpose Pause

As they say in the London Underground, “mind the gap”. A pause to connect what you’re doing with a larger purpose at the end of an action, a project, a commute, an email, a phone call breaks a pattern. There’s an opening for something larger – purpose – to break through and help you be […]

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How To Begin With a Purpose Pause

Try this at the beginning of anything: At the beginning of any action or endeavor, no matter how large or small, ask yourself why you’re going to do what you’re about to do. How does it benefit others, the people you love, people you will never meet, how will it benefit you and your larger […]

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What is a Purpose Pause?

I’ve been thinking how perhaps purpose is best leveraged by simple, short pauses. Connecting with something larger is harder as an ongoing process. It’s certainly harder to live consistently within the power of purpose than persistence for example. Persistence is like carpentry. You keep showing up, keep working and eventually you’ll see something being built. […]

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