Make Music With Your Life

guitar player

Make Music with Your Life

Make music with your life
silver tune
cuts every deepday madness
into jewels that you wear

Carry 16 bars of old blues
with you
everywhere you go
walk thru azure sadness
Like a guitar player

– Bob O’Meally

This week I have the pleasure of instructing virtual training sessions on “Teaching with Heart, Purpose, and Passion” for two teachers, Emily and Lori, who will teach in high schools in China in the fall.

I sent Emily and Lori a bunch of poems by email and asked them to read the poems and select the one that spoke the most to her.

Emily picked “Make Music with Your Life.”   When I asked her what lines, words, images and metaphors stood out for her in the poem, she said she was drawn to the title and the first line.  She is a musically-oriented person, who listens to music 5-6 hours a day.  Continue Reading »

The Price

Amelia Earhart


Courage is the price which life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
from little things;

knows not the livid loneliness of fear
not mountain heights, where bitter joy can hear
the sound of wings.

How can life grant us boon of living, compensate
for dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
unless we dare

the soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice we pay
with courage to behold resistless day
and count it fair.

-Amelia Earhart


On Friday I was discussing the opening line of this poem with a group of teenagers and young adults.

We discussed one’s comfort zone, how when we stay in it too long and fall into a rut or stuck in habits, we feel no peace.

As humans we live with the dynamic of being called to move in and out of our comfort zones.

If I am willing to be uncomfortable, scared, anxious and not at peace by stepping out of my comfort zone into the growth and learning zone, then, later, after things have settled a bit, I have the possibility of peace.

For a time.

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Blood, Imagination and Intellect

“It is blood, imagination, intellect running together . . . . it bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrink from all that is of the brain only.”

-William Butler Yeats

Was Yeats talking about poetry or leadership?

He was referring to poetry, but he could have been talking about leadership.

The work of leadership is more than of the brain.

It is of the heart, spirit and soul too.

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