Posts by Mary Ellen Clagett

Break the Cycle

History has been on my mind this past week with death of Queen Elizabeth II and the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.  In her first televised address, Queen Elizabeth II said, “Today things are very different. I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice…

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Take the Step

I have been having a lot of conversations about fear lately and how to move past it. I’m resurfacing a blog I wrote a while back on the topic to share this week. Lessons often come to me when I’m playing, and that’s how this one came to me. Last week I found myself in…

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What?

I’ve recently started reading High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley. It’s a topic that resonates with me right now.  So many of the conversations that I’m noticing are us vs them, and I’m seeking to understand how we get back to exchanging thoughts and ideas with one…

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To Infinity and Beyond

Last week, the first photos from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope made it back to Earth. If you haven’t seen them yet, stop reading and take a look. As someone who grew up watching Star Trek, it really brings the vastness of space to life. I find it difficult to wrap my brain around the…

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What Do You Stand For?

If you turn on television these days, invariably you will be hit with political advertisements. One party’s ad will state what the candidate stands for. Another party’s ad will attempt to denigrate that same candidate. As a consumer, without doing independent research and employing critical thinking skills, it’s difficult to know what to believe. Given…

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We Are the Solution

I don’t spend a lot of time on social media. Too often, it seems as if it’s used to validate our beliefs about current events instead of looking to solve problems which affect us. I prefer conversation. Invariably, I learn something new or see something differently. It may not change my beliefs, but it can…

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A Life of Service

I was blown away this week by the example set by Elizabeth Bonker. At 15 months, she was diagnosed with nonverbal autism. Last Sunday, she gave the valedictorian speech at Rollins College. Her speech and her journey are inspirational. Encouraging her classmates to use their voices, she said: “God gave you a voice. Use it.…

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24/7 Feedback

Thanks for the Feedback, by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, reminded me that feedback surrounds us 24/7 when we pay attention. Thinking about this took me back to when I hired my first coach. It was the year after my sister died and I decided to make a major career change, moving almost 5,000 miles…

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Be a Hero

If you were to pick up one of the books in my library, you would find them filled with highlights and notes written in the margins. Over this past month, I’ve been revisiting them, curious about what I was thinking when I originally read them.   Five stars were next to a passage from Think…

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Overwhelmed

We’ve just passed the two-year mark of the start of the pandemic and we’re still processing the aftereffects:   We’ve become more attached to technology to connect and work — we find news at our fingertips, continuously streaming the crisis in the Ukraine, the political divisions within the US, hate crimes and more. Many of…

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