Saturday, July 31, 2004

Love, Not Hate
By Don

Let your heart grow wide and tall,
Each of us has a special call,
A tiny voice says love them all,
Sometimes it's hard
to let down your guard,
All hate should be barred,
Love those you hate,
It can't wait,
Surely it will improve your fate.
Haiku Moment
By Don

So little, so many,
so much, so few,
so more for those with less
Saturday Thought: Lives of Our Enemies

I ran across this wonderful quote by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and just had
to share it with all of you. It feels just so right:

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies,
we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering
enough to disarm all hostility."

In other words, find compassion in another
man's pain!

Friday, July 30, 2004

Things We Depend Upon
By Don
Were it not
for morning poetry,
I may not see the magic
in my life,
Were it not
for the music in my soul,
I might lose
my poetic verse,
Were it not
for love,
I would surely
lose all that I am.
My Friend the Fly
By Don

A little fly,
just stopped by,
to rest and say hi,
Oh my, my,
he did sigh,
How high the sky,
in which I fly,
Would you like to give it a try?

Haiku Moment
By Don

What we know of life
is a small part of what there is to know,
strive to know yourself first

Friday Thought: Laugh

What a wonderful reminder of what each of us
must do as often as we can...laugh!

"A smile starts on the lips, A grin spreads to the eyes,
A chuckle comes from the belly; But a good laugh
bursts forth from the soul, Overflows, and bubbles
all around." --Carolyn  Birmingham

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Every Cloud a Silver Lining
By Don

Hidden blessings,
everywhere I look,
in the clouds that block the sun,
in the irate client that demands what I cannot give,
in the confusion I must work through to find the truth,
even in the fear that hounds me like a pack of wild dogs,
Give thanks for the burrs under your saddle,
All make us stronger, wiser, and more loving.

Haiku Moment
By Don

In the school of life,
both fear and love are teachers,
Whose course do you plan to take this semester?
Thursday Thought: Dealing with Fear

I am reminded of this wonderful quote this morning.

“I have been through some terrible things in my life,
some of which actually happened.” --Mark Twain

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Living in the Spaces
By Don

blinds us to love,
helps us befriend our fear,
lives in the spaces between fear and love,
Don't be afraid to side with love.
Haiku Moment
By Don

With every heart beat,
we take a step into the future,
listen to your heart and the future will be known unto you

Wednesday Thought: Propelled by Mystery

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious
- the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art
and true science. " --Albert Einstein

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

By Don

I felt alive there because...
the sun gods greeted
me everyday,
the star-filled sky
made me dream and wonder,
the vastness of the mountains
put life into perspective,
the mysterious desert 
made me search for meaning,
and because
I was in the starting blocks of the race to find myself.
           what we are,
                                 where we are,
                                                          how we are,
                                                                              who we are.
Haiku Moment
By Don

more than place,
right mindset at the right time 
Tuesday Thought: Personal Leadership

Here is one to bear in mind today regarding

"Personal leadership is not a singular experience.
It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your
vision and values before you and aligning your life
to be congruent with those most important things.
--Stephen Covey

Monday, July 26, 2004

By Don

cease complexity,
long enough,
to grasp,
who you are.

seek essence,
in all things,
to understand,
what they're really about.

stop pretending,
life is so complex,
when it's simple,
when you know who you are.
Haiku Moment
By Don

The mind full of thought...
        is a constantly loaded gun...
                         use your mind carefully
Monday Thought: As a Man Thinketh

I read James Allen's As a Man Thinketh
this weekend. What a wonderful little
book. And so powerful! Here is one of
many observations made by the late 19th
Century writer.

"A man's mind may be likened to a garden,
which may be intelligently cultivated or
allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated
or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.
If no useful seeds are put into it, then an
abundance of useless weed seeds will fall
therein, and will continue to produce their

The basic message: "Be careful of what
thoughts you think, for they have major
consequences for your life and others."

You can read As a Man Thinketh online

Sunday, July 25, 2004

By Don

Perfectly imperfect circles,
with gangly arms and legs,
reaching out for love,
Simple ungraceful lines,
each living in a separate world,
on the same page of life,
Freshly poured pallets of color,
spilling over their boundaries,
not unlike the passion and fear
hiding inside all of us,
Obsessive, intricate etchings,
intent upon filling the blind inner emptiness,
suspended somewhere between the heart and mind,
Distorted images of childish joys,
submerged in deep pools of self-abuse and anguish,
Sunny faces hanging
with crooked smiles from dimly-lit buildings,
Puzzling gray paint smears,
hiding the endless inner labyrinths
the artist walks daily in search of sanity,
One-dimensional wild beasts, engorged phalluses, and
simple chairs made from broken branches,
Headfooters, outsider art, raw vision,
all glimpses of reality from imprisoned minds,
all jarring reminders of the fine lines in life for all of us.
Haiku Moment
By Don

Like a mirror,
art reflects,
what lives inside us
Sunday Thought: Outsider Art

Sometimes you simply stumble onto
interesting and unique things in life.
During a visit to the Shaker Square area
of Cleveland yesterday, Mary and I
received our first introduction to what
is called "Outsider Art."

What is "Outsider Art?" According to
Bill Shubert, the owner of Headfooters
Art Gallery, "the field of outsider art is
a complex and hotly debated one. The
term is a bit of a catch-all that includes
contemporary folk art, third world art,
visionary, naive, and self-taught art.
It includes the art of the insane and
prison inmates as well as the art of
children. It can be primitive or obsessive.
What it is not, is part of the artistic
mainstream. What it will be in the future
is uncertain."

We are very glad we stumbled upon Bill's
unique and interesting gallery. Thanks

Visit Headfooters Art Gallery's website and
discover more about the gallery and the
field of outsider art worldwide.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don 
Give in to yourself...  
         bow at your sacred altar of happiness... 
                 rejoice in who you are  
Seeing and Getting It
By Don 

We get what we see... 
       we see what we get... 
             we get what we get, and... 
                    we see what we see.

Haiku Moment
By Don

Clear skies,
           happy birds,
                         laughter bubbles inside me
Saturday Thought: Perfection

As I look out my office window this morning
and behold the sunlight filtering through the
trees, a hummingbird amusing itself at the feeder,
and Mary's lovely flowers, only one word comes
to mind: Perfect!
It's easy for all of us to annoy ourselves and
others with demands for more of whatever
there is in life. I remind myself that perfection is
a state of mind, which is available to us anytime
we want to access it.

I see perfectly this morning. 

Friday, July 23, 2004

By Don

Like a bright red balloon,
I rise each morning,
to new occasions,
new ways of being,
and new ways of becoming.

Haiku Moment
By Don

around your pride,
your truth lies deeper
Friday Thought: Nowhere But Up

I love this quote. Considering the
source, it says a lot about the
the potential that exists in all of

" I'm in a wonderful position:
I'm unknown, I'm underrated,
and there's nowhere to go but
up." --Pierre S. Dupont IV

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Life's Reach
By Don

with its many branches,
reaches out to me,
Touching me,
in places I never knew,
Reviving old parts of me,
that were dying,
Propelling me,
in new directions,
where I must grow,
Awakening me,
to deep memories and dreams,
bubbling within my soul,
reaches out to me,
and I joyously grasp Her hand.
Haiku Moment
By Don

Clouds bring rain,
refreshing all that grows,
Tears bring joy to my heart
Thursday Thought: Achieve Don't Compete

Boy, did I need to hear this message. It cuts to the
heart of my consulting work with clients. It's not
about competing per se, rather achieving. I guess
that is why I have moved in the direction of helping
my clients become more performance-based, as
opposed to becoming more competitive.

"Competition is a by-product of productive work,
not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the
desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
--Ayn Rand

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Lost and Found
By Don

before my computer,
in a thicket of troubling work-related thoughts,
mindlessly resting in the shade of a sprawling oak tree,
on a warm summer afternoon.
Haiku Moment
By Don

Sometimes behind closed doors,
hearts and minds can open,
Some things in life are private
Wednesday Thought: Honesty

Here is a really good quote on honesty. It
seems to fit today very well.

"Honesty characterizes the person and enables
him to create an identity, to communicate a real
presence, and to establish authentic bonds with
others. The individual increasingly comes to know
who he is through the stand he takes when he expresses
his ideas, values, beliefs, and convictions, and through
the declaration and ownership of his feelings."

By Clark Moustakas

Thoughts on Leadership: A Treasury of Quotations compiled by William D. Hitt

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

By Don
waking dreams,
urging us to believe.
wordless expectancies,
propelling us from within.
belief lurking
in doubt's shadow.
even when we cannot see.
Haiku Moment
By Don
elegant possibilities 
released by our spirit

Tuesday Thought: It's Possible!

It's up to each and every one of us to
bring new possibilities to life. In my
work, it is vital that people believe
it is possible to turnaround cities, help
people, businesses, and communities
overcome hard times, and deal with
other major challenges.
Here is an important perspective
I try to bear in mind in my work and
in my life:

"Think "impossible" and dreams get
discarded, projects get abandoned , and
hope for wellness is torpedoed. But let
someone yell the words "It's possible,"
and resources we hadn't been aware of
come rushing in to assist us in our quest.
I believe we are all potentially brilliant
and creative--but only if we believe it,
only if we have an attitude of positive
expectancy toward our ideas, and only
if we act on them."

Source: Greg Anderson
The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness

Monday, July 19, 2004

A Grandfather's Passing 
By Don 
Just an ordinary school day,
Like most days,
I came home for lunch,
Why was Dad home from work? 
Mom and Dad sat at the kitchen table,
The house was too quiet,
Grandpap had died, 
The man of few words,
who wore suspenders, smoked a pipe,
and fixed things in his workshop, was gone,
Fifty-two years before,
this strong and determined man
landed at Ellis Island alone,
His family loved him and respected his courage,
I like to think Vito Iannone
set sail for a new world
on that cold February morning in 1958.  

Haiku Moment
By Don
cuts through life,
the sharpest razor's edge
Monday Thought: How We Treat Others
At the start of this new week, it is worthwhile
for all of us to consider how we treat others.
This is a wonderful quote speaking to this
very issue:
"How far you go in life depends on
your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic
with the striving, and tolerant of the weak
and strong. Because someday in your life
you will have been all of these."
--George Washington Carver

Sunday, July 18, 2004

By Don
A gathering
of friends,
by the moment,
to sharing,
to enjoying,
filled with
each other's presence.
Haiku Moment
By Don
Stand up
for what you believe,
Believe what you stand for
Sunday Thought: Life as Poetry
This Walt Whitman poem says it all:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others...
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

By Don
weathered by time,
slip away,
if not renewed.
fettered in the distant past,
fade away like clouds,
if no longer relevant.
like ships without anchors,
allow us to drift
away from our word.
Promise yourself one thing,
that nothing stays the same,
give while you can,
and never over-promise.
Haiku Moment
By Don
co-heirs to a shared future,
brought forth by their parents' brothers and sisters 
Haiku Moment
By Don
Reaching inside,
searching for what to believe,
sometimes believing is not what we need
Saturday Thought: What Shall We Believe
Some say we are experiencing a "crisis of belief" in the world.
I am not so sure that is the problem as the presence of a
wide array of beliefs. It's hard to decide who and what
to belief.
This advice helps me in making the personal choice in
this regard:
"Believe nothing merely because you have been told it...
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of
respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination
and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit,
the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to and
take it as your guide." --Buddhist Aphorism

Friday, July 16, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don
the work our soul does,
eternal vibrations carry us forward
Haiku Moment
By Don
Short night,
long worries,
early morning sunrise
Haiku Moment
By Don
Laughter opens the skies,
they dance in honor of your smile,
release your humor on the world today
Friday Thought: Humor
Bring your sense of humor to work today. You
need it and so do your colleagues. It's Friday.
Laugh, enjoy, smile.
Great quote on humor:
"The sense of humor is the oil of life's engine.
Without it, the machinery creaks and groans.
No lot is so hard, no aspect of things is so grim, but it
relaxes before a hearty laugh."  --George S. Merriam

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don

Passed by opportunities,
lost in a sea of turmoil,
peace suddenly washes up on shore
Haiku Moment
By Don

Pressures building,
unnecessary wheel-spinning.
Cut yourself free

Thursday Thought: Why Are We Here?
This quote sums it all up for me:

"To have striven, to have made an effort,
to have been true to certain ideals - this
alone is worth the struggle. We are here to
add what we can to, not to get what we can
from, life.” --Sir William Osler, 1849-1919,
Canadian Physician

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don

Telling people what they want to hear
is not always the best thing,
Always tell them what is in your heart

Haiku Moment
By Don

A simple word of thanks,
blessings released upon a world
that hungers for appreciation
Wednesday Thought: Learning from Others

There have been countless people throughout my life
who have been wonderful teachers to me. I give thanks for
what they taught me, even though they did not directly
set out to do that.

From my Dad, I learned how to find poetry inside
myself. From my Mom, I learned determination and
never staying down for the count. From my wife Mary,
I learned many things, but especially how love
reinvents itself everyday. From my friends Derk and
Dan, I've learned to tune into my spiritual side as
a source of daily strength and courage. The list
goes on and on.

For this reason, this quote means a lot to me:

"Everyone's life is an object lesson to others."
--Karl G. Maeser

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Holding Onto the Question
By Don

Stranded somewhere in between,
like a hitchhiker along a lonely country road,
Somewhere, but nowhere,
Something, but nothing, a bottomless pool of imagined realities,
Reaching for the edges...of something, anything,
Grasping onto a slowly drifting question,
floating me safely back to shore,
Now i know...there are no answers.
Haiku Moment
By Don

A mother's watchful eye,
a child strays too far,
love and fear collide mid-air
Haiku Moment
By Don

Poems are beautiful flowers,
or unsavory weeds,
Just depends upon how you see them
Tuesday Thought: Deal with the Real

That is my motto for the day. The
spark for that motto was having my
Monday U.S. Air flight to Philly being
cancelled at the last moment, causing
me to miss my speech in Atlantic City,
or almost that is. Turns out I was able
to give the speech via the phone line and
a high quality speaker on the other end.
Everything worked out just fine.

Lesson: All that fretting was about nothing.
Therefore this quote makes sense to me:

"Real difficulties can be overcome; it is
only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."
--Theodore N. Vail

Monday, July 12, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don

Do your best,
you are always good enough,
simply accept yourself

Haiku Moment
By Don

Sweet bouquets,
sun-lit flowers,
Mary's beauty garden abounds in hope
Haiku Moment
By Don

The eagle soars high into the sky,
her nest is perched neath the clouds,
I seek my higher being this morning
Monday Thought: Beauty

Here is a wonderful quote to start the
new week:

"By cultivating the beautiful we scatter
the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by
doing good we cultivate those that belong
to humanity." --Vernon Howard

May you all have a "beautiful" week!

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Ideas Need Friends
By Don

well before dawn,
ideas appear,
like tiny bubbles.

the new ideas take hold,
transforming me.

late one night,
more new ideas come,
begging to be heard.

One last idea comes,
all ideas need other ideas,
as friends to grow up with.
Haiku Moment
By Don

Cherish what is given you,
show its importance,
pass it along to others
Haiku Moment
By Don

Thoughts slip away,
some run like deer,
others fade like the sunset
Haiku Moment
By Don

Reaching inside,
finding what i have,
offering that to others
Sunday Thought: Business Success

Business success is a widely written about issue.
Everyone in business wants to be "successful," whatever
that means. To me, it means doing something of "value"
for someone else, and they happen to pay me for it.
What is the secret to business success? It's providing
value to others.

To do that, we must understand what our clients and
customers want and need. To that end, I offer you this

"The golden rule for every business man is this:
"Put yourself in your customer's place."
--Orison Swett Marden

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Morning Meditation
By Don

Place no limits
on what you can imagine,
Your life will grow
in relation to your dreams,
Find your inner seamlessness
that connects all that you are,
Don't allow yourself
to slip in between,
In the now
there is no separation.
Haiku Moment
By Don

Dream buds from last night,
blossoming hope into my life,
i am reminded what is important

Haiku Moment
By Don

Massaging ocean waves on the beach,
sand slipping back and forth,
past and future shift into the present

Saturday Thought: Use This Day Wisely

Today is a beautiful Saturday. I'm happy.
What shall I make of this wonderful day?
This quote helps me decide:

"This is the beginning of a new day. You
have been given this day to use as you will.
You can waste it or use it for good. What
you do today is important because you are
exchanging a day of your life for it. When
tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever;
in its place is something that you have left
behind...let it be something good."
--Author Unknown

Friday, July 09, 2004

Water, Air, Earth
By Don Iannone

like water
through us,
lifts us
like air
above the clouds,
like the earth
anchors us
when our world shifts.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Free will,
willfully free,
free of will

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Pregnant with the future,
seeds flower, hope is born,
we have another day
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Intoxicating drops of silky sunlight,
basking in majestic color,
floral elegance everywhere

Friday Thought: May You Feel Loved

These Are My Wishes For You
By Sandra Sturtz Hauss

May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.

May a kind word,
a reassuring touch,
and a warm smile
be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.

May the teachings of those you admire
become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours
are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter
that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters,
but instead place immeasurable value
on the goodness in your heart.
Find time in each day to see beauty and love
in the world around you.

Realize that what you feel you lack in one regard
you may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
may become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent
on another's judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Faint glow erupts,
spreading warmth across the Universe,
call it love

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Wandering mind,
nonsensical ideas about happiness,

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Early morning sunrise,
cherry, rose, and salmon clouds,
Life is put into proper perspective

Thursday Thought: Crazy is OK Today

I love this quote by "you know who:"

"If we weren't all crazy we would go insane."
--Jimmy Buffett

Some days you feel just this way. So, if
today gets a little out of control, just
thank yourself for your own craziness.

I'm just crazy enough to do that!

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Tiny passionate butterfly,
even without trying
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Without looking,
open to what i find

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Closed eyes,
open heart,
discovering love inside

Wednesday Thought: Beauty and Truth

This quote says it all:

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty-that is all
ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
--John Keats

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Room to Grow
By Don Iannone

Too much noise,
silence is a blessing,
Too many buildings,
open space is freedom,
Too many programs and plans,
serendipity makes life,
Too much thinking,
dreams need space to grow
Too much of everything,
blank spaces are opportunities,
Unclutter your life,
make some room to grow.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

I greet the day with great hope,
the clouds have lifted,
sun shines in my heart
Tuesday Thought: Show Some Enthusiasm

People like to be around other people who are
enthusiastic about life.

Wear your enthusiasm today. Let it explode like
the fireworks you watched on the Fourth!

Two great quotes on enthusiasm:

"None are so old as those who have outlived
enthusiasm." --Henry David Thoreau

"Every production of genius must be the
production of enthusiasm." --Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, July 05, 2004

Life If We're Not Careful
By Don Iannone

Success knocks,
it never stops,
once you answer.

Money beckons,
only illusive wealth comes,
and just more wanting.

Power lures,
once caught in its snare,
hooked forever.

Time demands,
taking away,
the better of who we are.

Selfishness sets in,
filling the space,
meant for compassion.

Control overtakes us,
clenched in its ugly jaws,
never letting us go.

Death comes,
finally we see clearly,
it's too late to do it right.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Star-bursts everywhere,
fireworks paint the sky,
my passion for life explodes within me
Monday Thought: Making Things Happen

My activist spirit has been getting the best of me
lately. I have always had a need to feel like I am
making a difference in what I do. This quote kind
of sums up what I have been feeling:

"There are three types of people in this world:
those who make things happen, those who watch things
happen and those who wonder what happened. We all
have a choice. You can decide which type of person
you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the
first group." --Mary Kay Ash

Sunday, July 04, 2004

First Dates with Life
By Don Iannone

The mid-morning sun pours buckets
of summer color onto the forest floor,
Something stirs in the quiet shadows,
A pair of fawn playfully prance
in their proud mother's footsteps,
Their coal black eyes beam
with the radiant curiosity of youth,
Each day is a first date with life
for the eager young deer,
Every step a lyrical adventure,
filled with unrehearsed beauty,
Once again, Nature fills me with hope.

Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

The sun-drenched robin
sings to his friend the old oak tree,
I too give thanks for wisdom in my life

Sunday Thought: Hope

If only I had Emily Dickinson's
gift with words. Today's message
is simple: Allow hope to lead and
lift your life, no matter what issues
or obstacles you may face! There is
always room for hope in the world.

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that
perches in the soul-and sings the
tune without words, and never stops-
at all." --Emily Dickinson

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Spirits When We Sleep
By Don Iannone

When we sleep,
our spirits prepare
for our waking moments,
They set the table,
where we are nourished,
They clear away the cobwebs
that we may think clearly,
They leave us notes,
reminding us of what's most important,
They clean our inner mirror,
that we may see ourselves truthfully,
They plant seeds in our life garden,
that grow into beautiful thoughts and feelings,
They fill us with mystery,
that propels our imagination,
They remind us each night,
that we should awaken to our dreams.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

We come to know ourselves,
both in life and death,
School is in session between the two
Saturday Thought: Spending (Investing) Our Lives

Each of us makes choices about how we spend (invest)
our time here on Earth. I try to remind myself
of this wonderful quote by William James on
this issue.

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for
something that will outlast it." --William James

Friday, July 02, 2004

The Battle of Musts and Wants
By Don Iannone

Duty calls, I must leave you,
I'd rather write poetry any day,
but my work beckons me,
Some days it's a real struggle,
trying to balance what I want and what I must,
It's especially hard on beautiful summer mornings
that invite you out into the streaming sunlight to play,
Once in a while, it is perfectly ok
that you must do what you want to do.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

Bursting with rich vibrant color,
Mary's flower garden awakens my sleepy spirit,
It is morning and I am glad to be awake
Friday Thought: Reality

Most of us try to live in "reality." Well,
sort of. History is chock full of debates
about the nature of reality. Several
generations of philosophers have burned
many midnight candles on the subject.

Reality is a topic of discussion in our
everyday lives. In my own work, I am
struck by the number of times boards of
directors, managers, the media, and other
groups get tangled up in arguments over the
nature of reality. How many times have I
heard the question: "What are the REAL
strengths of our community for economic
development?" And how many times have I
heard the statement: "Get real!"

I've concluded reality is not as easy as
it seems--to any of us. The following quote
by John Lennon helps to explain why:

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
--John Lennon

Thursday, July 01, 2004

How We Are
By Don Iannone

we seek our missing pieces in others,
we search for life's magical gestalt,
we cloth ourselves in transient ideas,
we hide behind our anger,
we turn away from those who love us,
we pretend to be happy,
we avoid our deepest fears,
we withdraw deeper into ourselves,
we hold onto things we don't need,
we try to speak from our heart about what matters.
Haiku Moment
By Don Iannone

The sun leaps onto the horizon,
A new day has begun,
Walk lightly on the karmic web of life
Thursday Thought: Legs on Your Ideas

I've talked a lot about "doing" and "nondoing"
here on Conscious Living. There is something
that appeals to me at this moment in this quote:

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."

I would add that knowing facilitates
effective and appropriate action and
willingness is a prerequisite to doing.
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