Monthly Archives: March 2012

Liz Byrne

It wasn’t easy for Liz Byrne to get off the busy treadmill.  A life of busy, a life of doing protects us.  It prevents us from learning our story.  Even when you start doing your soul work, it is real easy to go back to busy.

See doing soul work can, at times, really rock your foundation.  You realize that how you react to something has nothing to do with you or your feelings.  You realize that your reaction to things can have it roots in the weirdest places.  Like from the one time back in third grade when your teacher told you cheated.  That’s what happened to me with writing.  (You can read about my third grade story here)

I used to have a hissy fit when I had to write a paper in school or write a procedure for work.  I thought I was terrible at it.  Then one day, I can’t even remember who said it, someone told me I was a really good writer.  I started to evaluate my work and I realized that that person was right.  I started to wonder where and when did I put this thought in my head. Third grade!  How crazy is that?  One comment back in 1977 could run rough shot over my thinking?

That realization happened to me back in 1995.  After I released myself from the label of a bad writer, I was flooded with story ideas.  I didn’t know what to do with them all so I started taking writing classes.  I have been honing my craft in between being busy for all these years.  I still struggle with letting go of being busy.

So after I wrote Liz’s story I thought about how she boiled down what she wanted to be in three words.  What are my three words I wondered?  Storyteller was the first word that came to me.  I had to sit with this concept a bit to discover my other two words.  Then it hit me.  I want to be a peaceful, inspirational, storyteller.  And now I affirm I AM a peaceful, inspirational, storyteller.  Thanks, Liz.

Beautiful Day

Being that it is St. Patrick’s Day, I had to feature a song from U2.

The lyrics start with pointing out all the crappy things that are happening in this day.  There’s no room for love, you’re stuck in traffic, someone who you thought was a friend really isn’t, but they keep throwing in something of an affirmation.  It’s a beautiful day.  Don’t let it slip away.

We all get in a funk from time to time, but it still is a beautiful day.  There are still beautiful clouds in the sky, the smile of a baby, purr of a cat.  Maybe these things are not in front of you at the very moment of the funk, but your mind can take you to that place.

Here’s how the song ends:

 

It was a beautiful day

Don’t let it get away

Beautiful day

 

Touch me

Take me to that other place

Reach me

I know I’m not a hopeless case

 

What you don’t have you don’t need it now

What you don’t know you can feel it somehow

What you don’t have you don’t need it now

Don’t need it now

Was a beautiful day

 

Have a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day!

Moneyball

The “new normal.” It’s a term I have been hearing a bunch lately.  It seems the planet is in a time of transition and the old ways just aren’t working.  In so many areas people are looking for a better, more creative way to reach their goals.  The movie “Moneyball” explores how this concept was applied by Billy Bean, General Manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s.

Billy Bean, played by Brad Pitt, has to find a new way to do things.  The salary that he has available to retain and attract great players is three times less than a large market team like the New York Yankees.  After some success, his three best players, Johnnie Damon, Jason Giambi and Jason Isringhausen are all lured away by other teams who can offer bigger salaries.  Billy knows they need to do things differently.  Here’s what he tells his staff of coaches, scouts and managers.

The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game…  We got to think differently.

Not everyone is on board with Billy’s vision.  Most of his staff doesn’t want to think differently.  They have no vision.  But soon Billy’s path will cross with a kid who just graduated from Yale with an Economics degree, played by Jonah Hill.

And, well, you’ll have to see the movie to see new normal they create.