Challenging Times: No More Smoke & Mirrors..Requires Fierce Conversation..and Presence

For as long as I can recall, I have been a highly dedicated student of myself and therefore life.

This is the only way I know how to live my version of the good deliberately, doing what I truly want rather than what myself or others think “I should” be doing.

How am I able to do all of this?  One word: PRESENCE.

Quite simply, if I am present, I  am able to listen to my voice and it becomes louder than any other.

How do I say present in the hectic pace of living?  Many ways: meditation, writing, exercise, solitude.. All of these activities.  Yet in this world, we are interacting with others.

How do I maintain this presence in the company of others?  I do it by having authentic conversations when necessary.  They are fierce and challenging yet totally liberating and effective.  These types of conversations  interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle tough challenges and enrich relationships. It is a conversation where both parties are present.  These conversations are passionate and authentic and come from a place of integrity and collaboration.  They inspire leadership and allow for transformation.

And let’s face it, isn’t it easier to just BE ourself?  No more smoke & mirrors!