Category Archives: Purpose

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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Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats – An Analysis

  Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats   A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew;   What a primal October vision! “A tree there is that from its topmost bough is half all glittering flame and half […]

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A 99 for the Heart at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival

After spending an utterly exhausting afternoon/evening judging 109 different juveniles (age 6-13) playing solo harmonica, the next day I got ‘adjudicator dessert’. I judged a series of different categories that had only a handful of people in each. One was the senior category, very sweet. Another category was ‘younger than 6’. There was one contestant, […]

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Why the future of the harmonica is in good hands

In my lifetime, I’ve seen harmonica playing die out in the U.S. Not totally gone of course, but very diminished. I don’t mean all harmonica playing. For example, there are probably more diatonic harmonica players this decade and the last as well. What I mean is the tradition of playing the ‘other’ harmonicas – the […]

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