Wayfinding

Guest Blogger: Nancy Oelklaus My husband and I just returned from two weeks in Europe–one week in Cyprus and one in Croatia. These destinations are off the beaten track for Americans; in fact, we saw only one other American family during the entire two weeks. When we travel, we don’t go on tours. Instead, we…

Gratitude

Guest Blogger: Nancy Oelklaus Several years ago when I was going through a very stressful time, someone suggested to me that I make a gratitude list. Up until that time, my philosophy had been to expect the worst; that way, I was never disappointed. To shift from looking for problems to looking for blessings was…

Making Friends with Fear

Guest Blogger: by Nancy Oelklaus Some speakers, when they tell their life story, say they felt there was a hole in them that they kept trying to fill. My story is that there seemed to be a big ball of something outside of me that separated me from others and cushioned all experience. I’ve come to…

Courtesy of the Heart

Guest Blogger: Nancy Oelklaus Last week I heard Augie Garrido, the winningest college baseball coach, speak. He said one of the greatest challenges in coaching is to help players learn how to focus and maintain inner confidence and peace regardless of what is happening on the field or in the stands–even if the people in…

Pause Between Tasks

Guest Blogger: Nancy Oelklaus A couple of weeks ago I was preparing to lead a small retreat for which I had a lot of responsibility, including food preparation. I completed the most important thing–the retreat design–early and left grocery shopping and cooking until last. I was working all of this into an already-busy schedule, but…

Change the Conversation

Guest Blogger: Nancy Oelklaus Sometimes we lapse into complaining, critical conversation just because everyone else is doing it. You know how these conversations work–someone expresses an opinion, and others join. It’s party conversation. At a party last year a friend asked, “What have you been up to?” I answered, “I’m writing a book about excellent…