The quiet sounds of a summer saturday night

???????????????????????????????The nibble of abundant deliciousness that has been playing over and over for me today is my summer Saturday night with Jim. How special it was to sit out on our deck together as the light gave way to dark and the busy-ness of the day gave way to a quiet energy, when the silence of the evening was wrapped only in the sounds of crickets, and the occasional firefly flickered in the fading light. Thanks, Jim, for another precious memory to add to our collection. I love you. 

* The photo is of a bunny that sits in our yard, taken last year. Now he stares at us longingly, across the patch of yard from the deck, sitting under a big beautiful hosta. I wonder what his view was like as he gazed upon us having our nibble of abundant deliciousness…

Goldfinches, great reading and good music

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The latest nibbles of abundant deliciousness:

  • Walking with Jim as the sun sets in the evenings, through the park lined with so many yellow wildflowers, and glittered with flitting goldfinches
  • Reading at bedtime a great couple of Harvard Business Review articles [1) Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform and 2) The Human Moment at Work] referred to me by my friend Karin, which reminded me – 1) if anyone is going to take care of my health and create work-life balance, it’s me and 2) making time for human connection when working from home is essential
  • Putting a home-made CD of music in the player when driving home from my doctor appointment today (my rotator cuff tendinopathy is not so much a nibble…), cranking it up and singing out loud to the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Martin Sexton, Credence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows

Hope you are finding nibbles in each of your days…here’s to a meal full this weekend! 

Mentor-mentor: Today’s nibble of abundant deliciousness

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Today my nibble of abundant deliciousness is the mentoring relationship I have with another woman at work. We’ve been exploring and playing and creating and delivering together for several years now.

While Jennifer P asked me to be her mentor, the relationship has, from the start, not been about a mentor guiding a mentee – we’ve been a mentor-mentor team that empowers each other to see a possible future and believe it can be obtained. The sharing that happens between us enables us to see into different parts of the organization and to find synergies that would otherwise be invisible.

A few months ago, Jennifer expressed an interest in ‘job shadowing’ me. Given that we don’t live near each other – I work from my home in Iowa and she works in corporate offices in NC – this provided us with a challenge. A couple times now, I have paused at a tough point in my work to share with her what’s going on with me – the challenges I’m facing, the options that I see, the actions I’m taking. Here again, as I look at how we engage, it’s not me showing her, we are showing each other. She regularly shares with me challenges she’s facing, solutions she’s creating.

As we peak into each other’s lives, we share what we see there. Her perspective is always, always insightful. She listens with her heart and gently guides me where I want to go. She listens with her mind and provides ideas that inspire valuable action.

I love that I noticed this nibble at the office today! Thank you, Jennifer, for your partnership along this path we’re walking. I treasure the friendship that is growing out of our experience together.

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This quote was taken from the little book Jennifer gave to me when we met in person earlier this year, You’ll Always Be My Friend…

So many delectable nibbles

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Today’s nibble of abundant deliciousness is first and foremost my amazing rock star friend Maureen Monte. Together we have been building purpose and meaning in our lives – we’ve had our challenges, although it’s easier holding hands and cheering each other on from the sidelines.

Just arrived: a copy of Aaron Hurst’s new book, The Purpose Economy, from none other than QM (I call her Queen Maureen for her leadership and regal nature). She always shares such wonderful works with me – not just talking about what she’s reading, but sending me a copy of something that inspires her. I know I will be devouring this book, wouldn’t you? Here’s the last paragraph on the very first page:

It’s a disturbing, but liberating thought — everything is in transition and far less permanent than we imagine. But if little of what we build or experience outlasts us, we can and should give ourselves far more permission to experiment and take risks. Few things cannot change. That means that we possess much more power than we realize, but it also means that even if we make mistakes, they are impermanent and reparable. Things are done a certain way, until they aren’t. You can be the one who makes a change ~Aaron Hurst

As I was easing into the book, reading all the wonderful things others had to say about Mr. Hurst and his thoughtful work, I wondered why I was reading the list of 100 Pioneers (their photos the backdrop of the book cover) on the introductory page. So many people, I must confess, I don’t know. But, I found the reason! I came upon the name of someone that I greatly admire – Rick Fedrizzi, the CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with him and his purpose-driven staff for 5 years, serving on the Board of an arm of the organization, the Green Building Certification Institute. (In previous posts, I’ve written about being Passionately Strategic in my GBCI Board work, and about my dreams being awakened while attending a Greenbuild conference.) Oh, my, if Rick and what he’s inspired is a sign of where the world is going, I am ready for the ride!

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For more nibbles of abundant deliciousness, see my previous posts.

More nibbles

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More nibbles of abundant deliciousness (see my earlier posts regarding nibbles and nads…)

  1. watching from my kitchen window a beautiful butterfly feasting on the purple and pink flowers in the pot on my deck
  2. hearing the song of laughter last night when enjoying a lovely dinner outdoors with my girlfriends
  3. seeing the moonlight streaming through the bathroom blinds when I awoke in the middle of the night

What abundant delicious niblets are you noticing?

Weekends are made for nibbling

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Yesterday I wrote about a delightful “nibble of abundant deliciousness” – a little pleasure that brings great joy. Well, since then, I’ve been nibbling away. Here are just three of the many N.A.D.s I’ve noticed over the  course of the weekend:

  • the satisfaction of having a freshly mowed and edge yard (the photo is of the backyard) when you put your own sweat into it
  • the joy of hanging out on the deck in the evening with Jim, especially after dark when the candles sparkle like so many joyful lights
  • the anticipation of a lovely dinner party tomorrow night as I prepared a large casserole dish of home-made lasagna, complete with fresh herbs from our garden

Hoping you are out there nibbling, too!

 

A Nibble of Abundant Deliciousness

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Ah, the simple pleasures of life. Here, I think I’ll call them ‘nibbles’ – nibbles of abundant deliciousness.

Today it was

the surprise of a cool morning breeze of this summer August day

I awoke to a temperature just above 60F and saw the glitter of the leaves on the trees in the backyard blowing in the breeze – and I knew. I must get out there and be a part of this gift of a day. Mother Nature lured me out the door for a lovely run. Yes, this is the life I want to be living.

 

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom as a little girl

My mom as a little girl

Today I am pausing to celebrate one of the super heroes in my abundantly delicious life: My Mom!

I think about her so many times and sense her influence on so many of my actions and choices throughout every day. One of the memorable moments she came into my thoughts today was on my afternoon run. Instead of listening to my audio player singing songs to me, I ended up singing rounds of “Happy Birthday” to her.

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I trust she could feel the positive, loving energy I was sending her way. My mind went from imaging my singing the little jingle to her (she’s my mom so she’d enjoy it, I think, despite being nowhere near to in tune or on key), then I imagined her getting the music in stereo with me on the phone and Dad in the room (stereophonic bad singing!)…quickly I moved to something more pleasant. What would she like?

I think something like this:

Other 2014 blog celebrations of my wonderful Mom:

My mom the hero

Mother’s Day Encore

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy birthday, Mom!

Keep Your Heart Young

My brother Mike and I playing dress up

My brother Mike and I playing dress up

It was another amazingly gorgeous day here in Iowa. The kind of day I would expect to get in mid-September – sunny, breezy, low humidity, temps in 70s. One of those days when Mother Nature lures me out the door for a run.

Just like yesterday when Catie Curtis inspired the My Dad’s Heart post on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, I found myself inspired by a song that came on my audio player. I was feeling really great – on a downhill and the likely effects of the sugar and caffeine from my stop at Panera for late morning bagel and Hazelnut coffee kicking in. Then, Brandi Carlile started belting out her You Gotta Keep Your Heart Young song:

…You gotta keep your heart young
Don’t go growin’ old before your time has come
You can’t take back what you have done
You gotta keep your heart young…

I was singin’ out loud, snappin’ my fingers, feelin’ happy. It was just the reminder I needed, as lately I’ve been having some self-talks about getting older – and that talk sure could use some adjustin’! ;]

When I was a kid, I didn’t plan to build a space rocket in my back yard or talk to my brother on a fake CB made from a tic-tac box – but I did have lots of fun playing with my brother over the years – and thoughts of that today make me feel young. Love you, Mike!