How Do You Define Trust?

Is Listening a Factor?

rock arch 180x270pxLast week I talked about listening and trust.

I realize that I started the post asking, “How do you define trust?”, but did not really answer that question as I discussed how listening can increase trust.

So I am back this week to ponder it more fully. Wanting to understand the word “trust” I turned once again to the dictionary.  Here’s what I found:

Simply Listening is Simple, But Not Easy

iStock_3612253Sm-hummingbird-375x400 facing leftHow do you define trust? Especially in our work life?  My post on having an obligation to sell generated a few responses and one stood out.

“I avoid it [selling] mostly in situations where I value “trust and credibility”. Maybe I should try because I “believe”, but risking trust and credibility is daunting to me. These are valuable to my core identity. When faced with this I usually simply listen.

The Miracle of a Single Flower

Dandy-lion K RobinsonThe Buddha says:

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”

Thanks to Kathy Robinson who sent this lovely rendition of a dandelion in response to my post on Weeds and People. We Are Alike.  I am inspired by how she sees the potential in lawn weeds like Irene did.

Have a dandy weekend!

If you want to create miracles, come to the workshop on Creating Joyful Work next Thursday!

P.S. If you are ever in Northern Idaho and need a good real estate agent, call Kathy!

“Creating Joyful Work” Can Be Easier Than You Think

We have the power

Do you enjoy your work?  The majority of us would say, “Sort of”, or “Sometimes.”

Most of us spend the majority of our time working. Whether it’s sitting at a desk, meeting with others, operating machinery, or one of works many other forms–it consumes most of our waking hours.

I’ll venture that no one enjoys every moment of every day, even those of us who love our work. Why is that? Two reasons are at the top of the list: the first is that everything includes tasks that we do not resonate with–cleaning brushes for an artist, edits for a writer, administrative work for a consultant, or scrubbing up for a surgeon.

The second reason is more pervasive–most of our society defines work as “laborious duty” rather than “meaningful action.” We’ve programmed ourselves to dislike anything associated with work. Does it really need to be this way? Why can’t work be a little more like sitting on a dock in the summertime?

For example I love to write and share my ideas. I usually look forward to the time I’ve scheduled to write my weekly newsletter. Yet I rarely work on it ahead of time, and there are days when I seriously think about skipping it, or sending a past issue like a TV rerun–because it’s work.

Then the minute I sit down at my computer (or take paper and pen in hand), the words flow and I am enjoying myself. Sometimes I have to battle a bit to stay focused on completing my article, but mostly I am happy and I always finish. Reminding myself that I love to write, or of the encouragement from my readers, really helps me to stay focused. But why do I struggle sometimes?

KC_OverTheHump_Masthead 230x200The difference in struggle vs. enjoyment is whether I think of the task as just a laborious duty, or part of my work–my life’s work of communicating and teaching. When I have the second mindset, I accomplish things more quickly and am happier. What’s really strange is that I used to be frustrated much of the time I was even doing things I enjoyed. I realized that my program was invading my happiness.

If you like the idea of talking about and practicing Creating Joyful Work and cannot get to the workshop in Hopkinton, MA–let me know if you think a webinar would be of interest!  Click here to send me an email.

Do you Create Joyful Work? What practices do you use?  Please share by commenting below!

Giant Green Tomato Worms, Where Do They Come From?

Can they motivate us to plan ahead?

tomato work moth adult_female Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

It’s summer, so time to write about giant green tomato worms again.

This time I want to answer the question, “Where do they come from?”  When I had a tomato garden it was small enough (3 plants) that I could easily patrol it daily to remove the gorging worms.  Yet I never saw a worm smaller than my thumb.  My friends and I wondered if they spring from the ground fully grown?

Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life ~ Socrates

From "The Daily Conscious Leader"

I always relish the morning missives from Robert Silverstone.  Yesterday’s was especially powerful.  Thank you Robert.

RSilverstone mountains: Release :

Take a moment to breathe
and remember who you really are

Today, I am balance.

I let go of any tendencies to to over-commit or to under-deliver this day, for in so doing I bring greater balance to my work, my relationships and my life.

What can you let go for greater balance today?


“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”   
– Socrates


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