Your One Wild and Precious Life

 

I lost a dear friend this past week. Elizabeth was an extraordinarily vibrant, talented woman, and one of those frequent career reinventors that has always fascinated me.

Grief is a universal experience and I’ve already been reminded how mentioning a loss can open the door to extraordinary conversations.

Grief is also an invisible wound. Even though everyone who’s fortunate to live long enough will eventually experience it, there’s no way to know before you bring it up whether the person you’re talking to will be someone who “gets it.”

And it’s so easy to forget that we’re surrounded by deeply wounded people everywhere we go.

I can’t think of a better reason to JUST.BE.KIND. Always, and to everyone.

In honor of Elizabeth this week, I wish you…

  • Decadent enjoyment of the things you love, as often as possible – for her that included plenty of strong black coffee, red wine, and dark chocolate
  • Deep and loving friendships with lots and lots of beautiful people
  • The kind of freedom of spirit that allows you to take those spur-of-the moment side trips – we never passed an ice cream shop when she was along
  • Laughter in abundance
  • Lots of shenanigans – the fun and harmless kind that remind you that you’re alive and most rules are arbitrary
  • Time for the things that feed your soul – spending time in nature, loving up your fur-babies, expressing your unique gifts
  • The courage to reinvent your career, as many times as it takes to satisfy your changing needs and desires, or to find THE ONE that allows you to live your best life and make your most valuable contribution to the world

“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson is an expert consultant to businesses and a powerful coach to individuals. After a long and rich career as a strategic HR executive, she is driven to give back by changing the Human Experience in today’s workplaces, one business or human at a time.

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