Finding Gold in Armageddon of the Brain

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As I leave my eighth home in seven months, making my 15th move in three years, I’m exhausted. But a mind-blowing and glowing quadruple rainbow graces the sky upon my exit.  Sections of it follow me all 15 miles to my next home, a tent in a friend’s back yard. I’ve never seen anything like it, and feel instantly blessed. Have you ever stretched you wings and jumped out of your comfort zone? I’m guess yes. Any time you grow, … Read More

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REVOLUTIONARY, COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY: Michael Jackson’s Power

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My shadow is tearing me apart today. Every character flaw I’ve got has been magnified x100 in the people around me this week. All of the things I’ve seen them do—lying, manipulating, cashing in at the expense of others, bribing people to not be angry at them, inventing stories with no basis in reality, turning allies into enemies, disrespecting elders, wallowing in victimhood and arrogance—I also do myself. So I’ve been working like crazy to heal the remnants of these … Read More

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Ten lessons in Vulnerability’s Power from Michael Jackson

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If vulnerability is power, how do I nurture it? How do I use it? And what would happen if vulnerable people used their power to change the world? In my last two blogs, I’ve been exploring vulnerability, looking at it as our best measure of courage, why vulnerable people are targeted by society, and how vulnerable people bring out our best selves and create community. To help us use it effectively, I’m pulling out more such lessons from Michael Jackson’s … Read More

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WHEN YOU FEEL POWERLESS YOU ARE ACTUALLY VERY POWERFUL

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Last week I started blogging about transparency, and ended up discovering power in vulnerability. It was a wild ride, and I’m coming back to it this week because the lessons were so, well, shocking I want to understand them more deeply. In that last blog, I was trying to untangle a couple of key questions: Why would Michael Jackson, one of the most powerful people in the world, expose his vulnerability to us over and over again, even though he … Read More

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RAW NAKED TRUTH: Michael Jackson’s Power of Vulnerability

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Raw and naked were not words I liked in my childhood. I experienced these terrifying feelings all the time, and I protected myself from them by weaving an invisibility cloak out of the fraying threads of my life. Long before J. K. Rowling gave Harry Potter his magic cloak, I was wearing mine so consistently that it melted into my skin and my subconscious. As I grew into an adult, transparency was not a word I was drawn to either. … Read More

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