"Change even one moment, the whole thing unravels... There is no other life than this. You would not have stumbled into the vastly imperfect, beautiful, impossible present." - Dani Shapiro
Pausing for a moment of gratitude for the faith that I had, when I didn't have much, that following my path would lead me out of the fog and to this place. Gratitude, only, for everything that brought me here.
Dinners, coffee shops, Anderson Cooper live, a boat show, walks, movies and down-time. It was great and I felt filled with the certainty that my new life is a good one.
“The rainbow comes and goes. Enjoy it while it lasts. Don’t be surprised by its departure, and rejoice when it returns. There is so much to be joyful about, so many different kinds of rainbows in one’s life: making love is an incredible rainbow, as is falling in love; knowing friendship; being able to really talk with someone who has a problem and say something that will help; waking up in the morning, looking out, and seeing a tree that has suddenly blossomed, like the one I have outside my window—what joy that brings. It may seem a small thing, but rainbows come in all sizes. I think about Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz singing, about where “bluebirds fly,” and Jan Peerce singing about “a bluebird of happiness.” Well, they may never find it, they may never reach it, and that’s okay. The searching, that’s what I think life is really all about. Don’t you?" - Anderson Cooper
I do not underestimate the ease in which a community comes together. Our neighborhood in Cambridge is starting to really come together - Joseph feels it, I feel it. He brought out all of his toys and so generously shared them with the kids. Families brought plenty of food and drink, kids spun on chairs and chased each other in the hallway, adults talked about summer camp choices and vacations and the game. Nobody complained. It was an evening out for kids and their parents - slowly but surely building a sense of togetherness and support.
They continuously demonstrate growth, adaptability, and learning better and faster than their excellently performing peers
They seize the opportunity for challenging, bigger assignments, thereby expanding capability and capacity and improving judgment
They have the ability to think through the business and take leaps of imagination to grow the business
They are driven to take things to the next level
Their powers of observation are very acute, forming judgments of people by focusing on their decisions, behaviors, and actions, rather than relying on initial reactions and gut instincts; they can mentally detect and construct the "DNA" of a person
They come to the point succinctly, are clear thinkers, and have the courage to state a point-of-view even though listeners may react adversely
They ask incisive questions that open minds and incite the imagination
The perceptively judge their own direct reports, have the courage to give them honest feedback so the direct reports grow; they dig into a cause and effect if a direct report is failing
They know the non-negotiable criteria of the job of their direct reports and match the job with the person; if there is a mismatch they deal with it promptly.
They are able to spot talent and see the "God's gift" of other individuals
Attended an event last night which showcased 19 Boston-area charitable groups and their various opportunities for volunteering and other involvement. It's always uplifting to hear about these organizations and the important work they do.
Philanthropy is an important part of my identity. Among my personal goals for 2018 is to increase my charitable efforts. I'd like to coordinate two drives in my workplace and do a minimum of 12 hours of hands on volunteering. By writing down measurable goals, I hope to hold myself more accountable.
...believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even if it leads you off the well worn path. and that will make all the difference" - Steve Jobs