Because #465

by Sue Hawkes

I am strong  because I know my weaknesses  I am beautiful  because I am aware of my flaws  I am brave  because I separate ego from spirit  I am wise  because I’ve learned from my mistakes  I love  because I have felt hate  I can laugh  because I have cried  I have hope  because I have faith  I have joy  because I have…

Sue HawkesBecause #465

Today, I’ll Start With Gratitude (part 2) #464

by Sue Hawkes

When I think of the holidays, I like to imagine that the experience I am having today is a possibility for all.  It’s simple really – Thanks + Giving.  What can you be truly thankful for? Not just quickly thanking someone with a passing platitude but the depth of gratitude that erases all doubt, fear and concern. My wish for you is…

Sue HawkesToday, I’ll Start With Gratitude (part 2) #464

Today, I’ll Start With Gratitude (part 1) #463

by Sue Hawkes

This morning, I was fully present to the sunrise.  I don’t mean just observing the great colors, or simply noticing how the rolling clouds seemed almost artificial in their picturesque arrangement. In and of itself, the sunrise was spectacular, but today I was present in a way that, in a breath, everything else was magically erased. As I watched pink…

Sue HawkesToday, I’ll Start With Gratitude (part 1) #463

Pondering Travel #462

by Sue Hawkes

Like most people, I’ve traveled far less this year than ever in my adult life.   Having been in an airport at a time in history when it’s a secluded space, it’s interesting to experience people’s reactions. They range from “you’re traveling?” to “how is it?” and the tone is variable from dismay to curiosity. Some people ask their question with a dose of judgment embedded as well. …

Sue HawkesPondering Travel #462

Refocusing Yourself #461

by Sue Hawkes

On the wall above my desk I have a question to focus my attention and remind me of what’s important.  Some days, I’m very present to it and it guides my thinking and actions.   Other days, I seem to be oblivious to it…until something causes me to “see” it again and refocus.  It works 100% of the time and I rely upon it because some…

Sue HawkesRefocusing Yourself #461

Adaptability Quotient #438

by Sue Hawkes

Have you traveled?  I have, in a limited amount, and like everything this year, it’s different.  After a recent trip, I returned home to the workload waiting when you travel which is often substantial. Travel always sounded glamourous and exciting until I started doing it with frequency for work. The reality of traveling in a COVID-19 world equates to many changes, including masks and the lesser number of passengers.…

Sue HawkesAdaptability Quotient #438

Act Your Way To Better Thinking #437

by Sue Hawkes

What could possibly go wrong?  It’s a beautiful fall day, I’ve returned from a rare trip out east for work and my computer had been acting up the week prior. Thanks to the magic of how tech works these days, our amazing IT partner works on my system remotely and pronounces my system at my home office “fixed” while I’m away.  What could…

Sue HawkesAct Your Way To Better Thinking #437

A Recipe for Reflection #436

by Sue Hawkes

What does a birthday mean to you?   For some, we dread them, knowing as we accumulate more birthdays, the numbers reflect aging. For others, we look forward to them as a reason to celebrate, reflect and deliberate on what matters most to keep improving through the turns around the sun.  Here’s a recipe courtesy of @rosemcneely for how to reflect…

Sue HawkesA Recipe for Reflection #436

When You Have the Chance #435

by Sue Hawkes

When you have the chance, take it.  The weather last week in Minnesota was reminiscent of summer and we didn’t waste a minute. Somehow, it helps you prioritize the right things, spend time with friends, get outdoors and for us that meant time on our pontoon.   We enjoyed the daylight hours though they came to an end earlier in the evening each…

Sue HawkesWhen You Have the Chance #435

The Future is “Techy-Feely” #434

by Sue Hawkes

As I think about the holidays, I’m sad knowing they’ll look different this year.   Traditions become what they are because something works and carries forward. We look forward to the patterns and the familiarity brings comfort, predictability and love of our shared reality.  At the same time, I know we’re balancing the fact that this is for one year, not forever.   That doesn’t mean we don’t…

Sue HawkesThe Future is “Techy-Feely” #434