Friday, January 27, 2012

Mama Love

William and Charlie are always less than happy when I have to work in the evenings (which happens a fair bit because of the work that I do).  Somehow they would prefer that I work all day but be home at bedtime than to spend all day with them, and be gone for just a few hours at night.  Last night I was working and they had a Daddy night - fish and chips for dinner, watching a movie, cuddles with Daddy in bed.  It always makes me feel a bit sad, too, to miss out on the time to connect at the end of each day.

Tonight when I got home I went in to check on the little ones and found Charlie sound asleep - wearing pajama pants, no shirt, and the pair of mittens that I knit him for Christmas this year.  So wonderful to know that he was thinking of me as I was thinking of him. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Turning to One Another

There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about.

Ask "What is possible?" not "What's wrong?"  Keep asking.

Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don't know.
Talk to people you never talk to.

Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.

Invite in everybody who cares to work on what's possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.

Remember, you don't fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.

Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.

Rely on human goodness.  Stay together.

~Margaret Wheatley