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Walk Too Fast. You’ll Miss What’s at Your Feet

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, December 17, 2018

Cajas National Park is a high-altitude area west of Cuenca, Ecuador. It’s known for trails through evergreen cloud forests and hundreds of lakes. It’s also home to a rich variety of wildlife including Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and raccoon-like coatis—none of which we saw in our last hike before returning to California.

In fact, our little band of explorers kept looking outward to the sky or into the forests, moving quickly along a trail. Maybe because I was the shortest of our group, my gaze seemed to fall downward. It was also imperative as I often can move too fast and end up sliding down an embankment or doing a face plant.

But in the Cajas, Mother Nature decided to give me a lesson and reward me for looking down.There, hidden among the foliage was the tiniest yellow/red blossom – a Sarazhima flower. Apparently, the bud never opens but just bobs it’s balloon-like head in the winds that cross the Cajas.  Further inspection in a forest revealed a carpet of green-on-green grasses that looked more like starbursts. I called to my buddies to come see what a slow pace and a ground-focused gaze brought.

The more I pondered these tiny plants, the more an insight appeared. How often do I (perhaps you) look outward to “the goal”, keeping count of how far I have to go and focusing on the outcome? What do I miss by not slowing down, by not taking stock of what is in my present moment?

As we approach the holiday with all its busyness, I want to be conscious of what is at my feet. The upcoming dinner and guests will arrive in due time. But right now, it is only what I see in the present that has true meaning.

What do you see right where you stand? What does this moment hold for you? It is the only one we own.

 

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Disaster Recovery for Resiliency

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, September 11, 2017

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is chewing up the ocean on a relentless track toward Florida, having devastated most of Barbuda, crashed into the Leeward Islands, engulfed Puerto Rico, and who knows what will happen with Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The eastern seaboard of the US is holding its breath. 

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Post-Election Resiliency: How to Grow THROUGH

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Yesterday morning, our nation woke up in shock. Some of us wept bitter tears and felt betrayed because so many found objections to our skin color, our religion, our gender, our small incomes. Others of us woke up shocked and then exuberant that massive voting predicted change to shake up a rigid political system. 

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Resiliency BLOOMS with Music for Wounded Warriors

By Eileen McDargh - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I’m so disgusted and at times filled with despair for our world as the news screams of hatred, intolerance, violence, wars, and vicious public rants by would-be-“leaders”. How wonderful to pick up my phone at 7:15am on Monday and begin my week in conversation with a model of optimism and belief. 

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The Future Ain’t What You Think!

By Eileen McDargh - Monday, October 12, 2015

This past week, I was the closing keynoter for the Council of Multiple Listing Services.  The course for a dense, information-packed conference was set by the opening keynoter, Michael A Rogers, former futurist-in-residence for NY Times, columnist for MSNBC, and head of Newsweek.com. 

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Five Days. Five Senses. I am grateful for the sense of TASTE

By Eileen McDargh - Thursday, November 22, 2012

 

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