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Kind Is Not Nice #507

by Sue Hawkes

I’m from Minnesota. We are branded with the phrase “Minnesota nice.”  The more I learn, the less that rings true for me.   Nice gets in the way of things. Nice mutes messages, placates truths, and can be a form of manipulation or pandering for approval. One definition even refers to “nice” as an acronym for “nothing in me cares enough.”   If you’re one of the people reading this thinking…

Sue HawkesKind Is Not Nice #507
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Disruption Will Continue #506

by Sue Hawkes

In a world that continues to challenge us while evolving, twisting and turning, have you stepped back to determine what’s working, what’s not and what you will and won’t change?   One of the things that changed as most companies incorporated working remotely (or what I refer to as mobile), is we increased the frequency and methods of our collective communication. As more…

Sue HawkesDisruption Will Continue #506
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Silence Isn’t Agreement #505

by Sue Hawkes

Silence.   It can be the most welcoming, enveloping, and peaceful experience when outside standing still with snow falling soundlessly on a winter’s night.  Silence can be the space you need to create, imagine, and renew.  Silence can be a mechanism to contain your feelings when angry, confused, overwhelmed, or to demonstrate to someone you are disconnecting.  Silence can be a space of relief…

Sue HawkesSilence Isn’t Agreement #505
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9 Questions To Ask Before You Add a “To Do” To Your List #504

by Sue Hawkes

This week’s practice is the “stop doing list” according to the Whole Life Challenge. It’s one I appreciate and have used for years. And yet, this is a time to revisit it in the pursuit of consistently and incrementally improving.   While they’re asking for three things to stop, I’ve also included a guideline for myself to add a “stop doing” for anything I add to my to do list at…

Sue Hawkes9 Questions To Ask Before You Add a “To Do” To Your List #504
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We Are Ready #503

by Sue Hawkes

As I contemplated what to write for the blog today, the only thing on my mind was the inauguration. So many things swirling in my thoughts amid the chaos of the first weeks of the year.  Inauguration literally means “a ceremony to mark the beginning of something.”  On my wish list of what this inauguration is the beginning of:  Equity for all people …

Sue HawkesWe Are Ready #503
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THE PRESENT OF TIME #502

by Sue Hawkes

THE PRESENT OF TIME Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.  Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do?  Draw out every cent, of course!!!!! Each of us has such a bank.  Its name is TIME.  Every…

Sue HawkesTHE PRESENT OF TIME #502
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Unity or … #501

by Sue Hawkes

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”   Today, as I contemplate the state of affairs in our world, I am leaning heavily on Martin Luther King Jr’s wisdom to maintain being present at this time.   Somehow his legacy being celebrated today is perfectly fitting.  I have fear at this time, yet I will not be had by fear.  May we…

Sue HawkesUnity or … #501
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50% To Goal! #500

by Sue Hawkes

50%. Halfway. HALFway and I haven’t missed a day. Halfway should feel like a celebration, but it doesn’t. It feels like the line of demarcation I dislike the most. Half-way feels like half assed. Further, if I were to turn back halfway on a trip, I’d end up going the full distance with a different interpretation of my experience than if I focus forward and finish.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still feeling confident…

Sue Hawkes50% To Goal! #500
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The Miserable Middle #499

by Sue Hawkes

Transitions are challenging.   When you’re moving from one way of eating to another, or one season to another, or one job to another or any way of doing things that has become habitual and now you’re seeking to change it, it’s a challenge.  We (I say “we” loosely as Kevin did most of the real work, I did parts) recently upgraded my home office.…

Sue HawkesThe Miserable Middle #499
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How Will You Evolve? #498

by Sue Hawkes

How will you evolve this year? As I understand, pandemics don’t just come to an end. Which for me means we need to evolve with the progress of the world around us as things continue to change.  Our future is hybrid. What does this mean? It means we will continue with the best parts of what was, is, and is yet to be.  We’ve done 10…

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