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HEN arrives at the full moon -
because light transforms darkness.
Full Moon: August 10, 2014 - Year 12, Issue 8
Just Do It!
Traditionally, the two summertime issues of HEN are my time to replenish – where I keep content slim and rest time large. So here is my short reflection:
Recently, a dear friend of mine called me out of the blue to say she was going to be in town for 24 hours and might I be around?
She couldn’t have called at a worse time: I am teaching a Masters level course at the moment at Royal Roads University. It’s a great course (on analyzing and managing conflict and change in organizational settings) with brilliant students. And it’s all consuming. Oh, and did I mention - my step-son was arriving that same night from out of province for his annual summer visit?
My friend’s visit seemed like impossible timing and still, I went for it. She arrived with her young son, into a house full of chaos. I was immersed in planning for the next day’s teaching. Of course, my printer was on the fritz and my laptop was crashing periodically (I’m not kidding). My daughter left to the airport with my friend’s son – to pick up my step-son – and my friend and I got work done. She practiced her viola and I made PowerPoints for my class.
By the time my daughter, my friend’s son and my step-son all arrived from the airport, I was basically ready to head out. We all piled in my car, and drove out to another friend’s private lake. The kids went swimming, my friend and I went hiking and my class the next day was great.
The next morning, as we all headed in our different directions, I felt refreshed, renewed, replenished!
And a week later, I still light up with smiles when I think about the incredible memory we co-created in those 24 hours.
So, summer is almost over. If you have any more opportunities to make memories, just go for it!
"That it will never come again
is what makes life so sweet."
… Emily Dickinson
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Julia Menard, B.A., Cert. Con. Res., P.C.C.
Leadership & Conflict Coaching, Mediating, & Training
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… Annie Dillard