Category Archives: Courage

Leaving the Nest

Breathing this in this morning, from Pema Chodron…

All too frequently, we relate like timid birds who don’t dare to leave the nest. here we sit in a nest that’s getting pretty smelly and that hasn’t served its function for a very long time. No one is arriving to feed us. No one is protecting us and keeping us warm. And yet we keep hoping mother bird will arrive.

We could do ourselves the ultimate favor and finally get out of that nest. That this takes courage is obvious. That we could use some helpful hints is also clear. We may doubt that we’re up to [the task]. but we can ask ourselves this question: ‘Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?’

Thanks to Jibycj at wikimedia commons for the photo

Photo Credit: Thanks to Jibycj at wikimedia commons for the photo

Note to Your Younger Self

This week, my friend Zach Braiker – an old soul if ever there were one – shared this question at Facebook. Given my own journey these past few months (which I promise to share more of here), my answer came so quickly it startled me: You’re beautiful. I’ve thought about both the question and my response perhaps… Continue Reading


I’ve been thinking a lot about courage during this year’s sabbatical. I’ve been thinking about the courage it takes to ask for what I need – something most of us are pretty horrible at doing. I’ve been thinking about having the courage to share my dreams with the world (another thing we’re not great at). If I… Continue Reading