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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: The Path of Self-Discovery

by Dave Davis “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: And Then There Is Light

I love how the transference of energy works. Sometimes, it comes to us through nature, as we walk along the beach; breathing in the salty, moist air while listening to the waves lap up against the shoreline. Other times, it arrives in the form of art or music, where we can feel totally immersed in its beauty, texture and rhythm, almost as if we are at one with the piece. And
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Cultivating Our Inner Landscape

This time of year, with daylight hours rapidly dwindling and the temperature dropping, there’s a good chance that many folks may be hunkering down indoors for a bit; a “contemplative hibernation” if you will. This seasonal pause allows us more time to reflect upon what we’ve chosen to leave behind from the previous year, and more importantly, how best we might grow from those experiences. In essence, we’re tending to
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Dave’s Desk@ Ditch: To Just Be Present

“We human beings all think there is something to accomplish, something to realize, some place we have to get to. And this very illusion, which is born out of having a human mind, is the problem.”  This is a passage from the classic book by American Zen teacher Charlotte Jocko Beck titled “Everyday Zen: Love and Work.” It’s one of several publications I’ve come to rely upon over the years,
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: It’s a Matter of Trust

“Social Trust is the confidence that other people will do what they ought to do most of the time. Social trust is a generalized faith in the people of your community. It consists of smaller faiths. It begins with the assumption that we are interdependent, our destinies linked. It continues with the assumption that we share the same moral values. We share a sense of what is the right thing
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Addressing the Values-Action Gap

One thing that I’ve noticed lately, and maybe it has something to do with the topics being discussed recently amongst several of my former colleagues, is that there appears to be a real disconnect between what many folks say is important to them, and what behaviors they are exhibiting or what’s commonly referred to as the “value-action gap.”  A prime example might be a person who claims that they are
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Generosity: A Macro Approach

While speaking with a former colleague of mine last week, our conversation covered many interesting topics of which one in particular, “generosity,” really peaked my interest; mainly because it triggered something that’s been on my radar long before I retired from teaching this past year. I shared with her that I’ve begun the process of researching possible destinations abroad where I hope to volunteer my time and effort this coming
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Taking a Step Back

I’m not quite sure of the reason I’m doing so, but I’ve been taking a step back a lot lately and simply observing others as they go about their business. It seems to be one of those things that’s necessary at this moment in time. It allows me to “take the pulse of my surroundings,” if you will, without thinking too much about it — not engaging anyone in conversation,
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Return to the Farmhouse”

“Working with obstacles is life’s journey. The warrior is always coming up against dragons. Of course the warrior gets scared, particularly before the battle. But with a shaky, tender heart the warrior realizes that he or she is just about to step into the unknown, and then goes forth to meet the dragon.” It’s a passage from renowned Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’s book titled: The Wisdom of No Escape, where
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Salve for Their Wounds

“The most effective way to show compassion to another person is to listen to them. Once we know how to listen to our own suffering with compassion, we can listen to someone else with the same compassion, and our listening is like a salve for their wounds.”  It’s a passage from a series of books known as “The Mindfulness Essentials” written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Are You A Thinker, A Talker or a Doer?

Okay, it’s time to take a very unscientific poll, one in which I won’t be collecting ballots, nor will I be able to tabulate the results. It’s simply a “self-reflection” survey, where I challenge each reader to ask themselves, “Which of the following do I consider to be my modus operandi when it comes to ‘getting things done’ – am I a thinker, am I talker, or am I doer?”