Waiting and Getting to the Point


I’m sitting here letting my fingers mindlessly hit the keys to help me think through the topic of this post and the accompanying photo. It may take a while to get to the point, which oddly enough, usually comes at just the right time, even when it doesn’t feel like it. We can’t quite articulate when it happens because it can leave us feeling stuck, which is never fun.

The red traffic light reflecting on the street due to rain indicates we are WAITING for something. Regardless of what we wait for, we hope the value is received (tangible or intangible) in exchange for the wait.  With the increased use of technology, we have data at our fingertips while we do some of the waiting, and it doesn’t hurt that our society is obsessed with the need to look busy. And there are different kinds of waiting depending on our mission. In the city, we wait in traffic, for elevators, in line for coffee or a meal, for a bus or a train to arrive. Another kind of waiting is when we over-complicate deciding to decide to take action on something.

Other times we may wait on more significant things to occur which we could not have predicted such as a phone call, an answer, a revelation, truth, running into or reaching out to the right person at the perfect time. Somewhere lingering, we know this waiting will validate all of the hard work we have invested because we acquired and used tools that have taught us along the way. Something just around the corner is going to come to fruition.

And after the waiting is done, we will look back and realize that it has been part of a larger plan that has needed to unfold in its own time. All we had to do is trust the process and keep pushing forward to the best of our ability.

So since we can’t always “rush” waiting, it is up to us to decide how we use our time. Waiting has a purpose, even when we hate it. It teaches us patience, reminds us of our perseverance and makes us grateful for faith in ourselves and others.

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Perspective Around Corners


What kinds of images and emotions do corners evoke in you? They come in many shapes, sizes and with different meanings. Some of us have our own secret little corner of the world, a special place that brings peace and serenity when we think about it.

As children, we played Kings in the Corner with our grandparents. And it was there we learned that we can actually laugh and win something when we play games with other wise people, no matter how old they are.

Some kids have a designated time-out corner where they hate to go. Until later in life when they realize it was a coping mechanism that taught them the significance of stepping out or away when things feel chaotic and disorderly.

Some students may think about their study corners which could be at kitchen tables, in coffee shops or libraries.

For those who are curious explorers, a corner is an adventure just ahead of us that we can’t wait to go around and discover what is next.

To artists or architects, corners are a series of vertical lines that give texture, come together, or expand out; a room, a street, a literal or rhetorical place.

Some might argue corners are something we are backed into, as in feeling cornered with nowhere to go. Other times, corners take us around bends that result in self-reflection, letting go, learning, change, and growth.

Corners also represent places we can emerge out of or go around.  The truth is, corners have many meanings. They give us choices in more ways than we can imagine because we live in a world full of endless possibilities. Mysteries and Miracles.

Thanks for visiting my blog – can you think of other meanings about corners? Please leave a comment below. and if you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it with others.  This post was inspired by the weekly photo challenge: Corners – share a photo that plays on any of the word’s many meanings.

Expressing a Reflective Shine


This week over at the Daily Post, Nancy Thanki begins by asking: “Have you ever walked past something bright that caught your eye, but when you turn around, there’s seemingly nothing there?” The theme for this Photo Challenge is Shine.” This past week, I was blessed to share another very special sunset with my family. Nancy’s post caused me to reflect, and realize that sometimes the shine we walk past without shine-in-moments-with-familynoticing, is present moments spent with those we love.

The phrase; “be where you are” is a simple reminder that one of the greatest treasures we can give others and ourselves, is the grace of being fully present together. “Be where you are;” is an expression worth repeating in writing, out loud, in prayer and meditation, to ourselves and others. We live in a culture of instant gratification. It is easy to get caught up in believing we have to be constantly moving, thinking or talking. Give yourself permission to be immersed in silence. It is okay to slow down, just roll with it and see where it takes you.

Nancy ends her post by asking “Has the sunshine or any other light source caused you to stop because it’s highlighting something you didn’t notice before?”  As I look back at this photo, I’m grateful for that moment, the people in my life and this moment.

How about you? What is your shine? Let’s keep this conversation going, if you enjoyed it, share it with others. Please leave a comment or thought below and thank you for visiting my blog.

Appreciation as Fuel


Fire at Kidani VillageSo I was staring at my computer screen and had an epiphany. The only thing I was processing was a blank stare, and I knew I had to get out to clear my mind. This month Minnesota is on target to experience the warmest December in history and on this day, it was just 31 degrees. I knew feeling the fresh air on my face was just what I needed because I do my best critical thinking when I am walking outside. I grabbed my walking shoes and was quickly out of the door.

Feeling the crisp, cool wind on my face, set the tone for this stroll and got me thinking about gratitude. A simple thank you goes such a long way and can be a ritual that begins a chain reaction which may surprise you. Appreciation is the fuel that warms people, inspires them to pay it forward and doesn’t take much extra effort.

Research has shown that expressing thankfulness increases confidence, connection, and feelings of competency. Engagement matters and when we find little ways to express appreciation it sends the message  “I see you” and it promotes teamwork and improves the sense of community. I like to think of gratitude as a multiplier because it increases emotional well-being and improves productivity. That, in turn, leads to innovation and creativity, which is when we do our best work.

I have a board on Pinterest called “Appreciation, which has some thoughtful ideas for expressing gratitude.

Take a look and let me know what you think. I want to hear from you. How do you show appreciation?

Please share your response below and thank you for visiting my blog!

Quantum Creativity and the Power of Intention


The window of intention

I’ve been thinking about intention lately. How often do we find ourselves slipping into “automatic thinking“? What does our window of aspiration look like and how do we frame it?

Doing vs. Being | Acting vs. Reacting | Ideal vs. Real |

Intention leads to quantum creativity because, for many people, creativity restores order. Some of the most important things that we do in life come from our creativity, which invokes the possibilities of new beginnings.

The human condition causes individuals to make flawed assumptions that people do not change. But those of us have done deep self-exploration, know that we get to make a choice to be even better today than the day before.

I am not who I was five or ten years ago because of my curiosity and creativity. They have shown me the excitement to learn and grow that exists around each corner. The good news is that this world is full of random variables that can help us reach and exceed our potential every day, and we have the privilege of being able to share that with others.

Intention – Creativity – Restoration

Thanks for visiting my blog, feel free to leave a comment! Below are some quotes about intention, enjoy!_

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Brevity Pulls | Listening to the Silence


Though they may not understand the depth and breadth of it, Brevity Pulls | Listening to the Silence

in time, they will.

Spinning, living life, pushing forward, chaotic schedules.

Hurrying to get to the next thing with good intention.

Adjusting to the shifting line of balance. All for the sake of love.

And because we love, we forget to be here now.

But in moments, they remind us to be centered and fully present.

Exactly where we belong, and where it counts the most.

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Interpreting “Humanity” in a Click


As part of the weekly photo challenge, Thirdeyemom asks us to decipher the theme “humanityInterpreting

So thinking about what it means to be human, poses more questions than answers.

The plural definition; “humanities” takes on more complexity.

Merriam-Webster defines humanities as;

…”the branches of learning (as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics)“[1]

This photograph taken at the National Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC is a great metaphor for this week’s assignment. A young man’s image reflected in front of the wall etched with more than 58,286 names of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam war for the sake of freedom. My challenge to you is to look at this picture, ponder its meaning and ask yourself the following questions:

  • How did we get here?
  • What makes us who we are today?
  • What was life like for those who went before us?
  • How did they live?
  • How did they die?
  • How did they want to be remembered?
  • In what ways can we translate these questions to look inward and ask how we can be of service to others?
  • What is our purpose and how can we make an impact?

It only takes one person to make a difference. So reflect, and ask yourself how you will make yours?

And while you are at it, if you know someone who served, reach out and thank them.

I appreciate you visiting my blog, please feel free to make comments below.

Writer’s Block Party Start’s Here


“When was the last time you experienced writer’s block? What do you think brought it about — and how did you dig your way out of it?”Writer's block party

Writer’s block is a simple term for a complex process, so to add a party to it makes things a bit more interesting. If writer’s block was a destination, it would be a celebration that would never end because somewhere in the world, there are always writers in the midst of finding their muse. In fact, I am experiencing writer’s block right now, which is exactly why I was drawn to participate in The Daily Prompt.

Why does the writer’s block come to me? I could give a million answers like the fact that I am fallible and there are bills to pay, closets to clean, errands to run, laundry to fold, work to be done and a family to tend to, etc. Or, perhaps I can’t get to my innovative FLOW space. Creativity is a process and for me, writing on my blog requires two things.

  1. Some form of active inspiration
  2. Time.

Once in a while, ideas need to marinate which always results in good reflective thinking. Others thoughts come in unexpected moments. I think the key to overcoming writer’s block is to simply trust that the answers will come when the time is right.

Please feel free to join the discussion and leave a comment below. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Transition – Defining “Between”


Transitions - Adapting to ChangeToday’s post is about “between,” which comes in many forms. It made me consider the various ways we process and deal with change. Regardless of its application (professional, emotional or personal), the techniques for recognizing and approaching transition differs for each of us.

Sometimes it flows and feels natural, as captured in the photo for this post. A young man who is between testing for his next belt level in karate and receiving a new status because he is ready and has done the work. He has practiced learning the movement and techniques with precision and accuracy, and he knows that along with his sense of accomplishment come confidence and the long term rewards that follow.

In graduate school, we are taught that we should expect resistance when it comes to change in the workplace. The opposition is a natural part of the process during transformation and frequently rears its head when people do not understand why change is necessary, or there is not consistent support, repetition, and communication of the messaging. Read more of this post

Innovation: The Truth About Creativity


Creativity Pre Orchestra LectureIs Creativity an important component of innovation? Find out here.

I’ve been taking part two of a course based on a book called; The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Brown has spent the past 10-15 years researching topics like courage, vulnerability, and authenticity. One of our first assignments was to think about the gifts that come to us as the result of our own creativity.

The book presents fascinating findings about creativity. Brown refers to vulnerability as the birthplace of innovation. She also makes the point that there is no such thing as people who are not creative. Instead, there are resourceful people who know how to tap into their ingenuity, while others don’t. Read more of this post

Courage is a HEART Word


Courage is a heart wordA few months back I took a six-week online class with Brené Brown based on her book; “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Early in the process we explored the meaning of courage and had a journal activity as seen in the picture. I wanted to share what Brené says about courage because I think it is profound;

“Courage, the original definition of courage when it first came into the English language – it’s from the Latin word cor, meaning heart – and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart…

This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’ just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.’”

-Quote by Brené Brown, speaking about The Power of Vulnerability at TED

How often do we ask ourselves the question of what it means to live wholeheartedly? It starts with having enough self-compassion to explore our stories about shame and vulnerability without judgment. Brené says that shame cannot survive being spoken, so after we have explored our fears and insecurities, it is important to find “your people” – those who have earned the right to hear your story. They are the individuals you know will just listen without judgment. They are the people who will not throw it back in your face at a later time. Next, say it out loud to them. That is a step towards healing and growth.

That my friends takes courage and is a demonstration of living with intention. Thoughts feelings and actions in alignment with our values principles and goals. I’d like to think of it as a form of servant leadership that we give as a gift to ourselves. Genuine authenticity feels good.

If there is anything you would like to share about this please feel free to comment below.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a Happy Valentines Day!

Tradition, Legacy and New Beginnings


These ornaments are hanging on my tree right next to one another and they both have significance. The one on the left Grandma's Ornaments for Kakie Fitzsimmonswas painted in November by my son as a way to create a memory, celebrate new beginnings, life and family. He did a beautiful job.

The ornament on the right was painted by my grandmother, Dode Jandric, in 1992. It was a tradition she created that has left a great legacy. For a number of years, she painted and fired one for each of her 22 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren. On the back of this ornament she hand-painted a biblical quote from Isaiah 66:12 that reads:

Now towards her I will send flowing peace like a river” and on the bottom; “Merry Christmas Kakie” along with her name and the year.

As a fifth-generation oldest daughter, I now realize the significance of a biblical quote, which refers to “from her” in this scripture. I’m confident it was with intention.

This year she passed away at the age of 92. Both my son and I had the honor of spending mothers day with her, knowing it was our last. It was meaningful time well spent and a blessing words can’t begin to describe.

Here is wishing you a wonderful holiday and a year filled with new beginnings. Family and good friends are priceless. Life is a gift, may yours be bursting with gratitude and love.

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Thought Leadership on Community


DSC00299Imagine this: Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, neighborhood, family, colleagues — are guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

If you are reading this post, that means you are part of my community. I have long held a belief that somehow, I am supposed to make differences that ripple out, affecting a lot of people, in positive ways. So hopefully something in this will resonate for you.

In Latin, the word Communitatum was a noun that meant “fellowship” and the word Unitatum meant “oneness, sameness or agreement.”  From that, the word Community is derived; Fellowship in agreement, which means different things to different people.

In life, we have a choice to go down many roads two of which could include judgment or compassion.  Read more of this post

Extraordinary Singular Sensation | The Daily Prompt


If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?Graduation Post Kakie Fitzsimmons

The connection that sparks meaningful conversation and reaches the masses. Dialogue that results in personal, professional and spiritual growth, paradigm shifts, reflection, healing, laughter, joy, and friendships.

Relevant discussions about alternative perspectives that are rich, thought-provoking and insightful.

I have served as a speaker and presenter about different topics. I have been writing for years in a number of formats. I believe at my core, that there is something in my experiences that are supposed to move and touch the lives of many people. It just hasn’t revealed itself yet. But I have faith that something greater is in store because we all have a story to tell. So what is yours? Please comment below!

This post was inspired by The Daily Prompt

A Journey With No Direction


 A nomadic lifestyle is one of wandering around from one place to another with no sense of direction and no fixed pattern of Nomad, a journey with no destinationmovement.

When I saw today’s Daily Prompt, the question posed was; “If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?.

It seems like an easy question at first glance. An intriguing idea because I have a natural curiosity about possibilities in the world. I love to travel, explore different cultures, learn how people use resources and spend their days.

If I lived a nomadic lifestyle, there is humorous irony in the fact that I can’t really say where I would go, or how,  because, isn’t that the point of being a nomad?

But that doesn’t mean I can’t IMAGINE what it might look like…..  I would be a wandering soul, trusting the next destination would unveil itself at the right time and that I would get everything I need. The driving force would be faith as an optimistic learner seeking to do good in the world, make a difference, touch lives. That would be my legacy. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

I have seen the saying; “Everywhere you go there you are,” play out in the lives of people I know. I suspect being a vagabond would change the meaning of community and home.  It is easy to IMAGINE a romanticized life different from what we have. But doesn’t dealing with issues faced by other people mean limited connections or ties with anything or anyone? Wouldn’t it involve observing a community, but not fully being part of one?

I think it is all in how we choose to frame it because what works for one might not be right for another. We have relied on others to get to where we are today and there is something to be said for that. I like the idea of home, community and being part of something larger than myself. I’m grateful for that.

How about you? Please share how you might answer or what you think about the questions above. Thanks for visiting!