Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 27, 2011

"What your client said to you yesterday was funny," Orion said this morning. "You spying on me?" I responded. "Yes! You are my comic relief every day," he said. "Great. Just what I need..." "Your client said, 'John, you are such a good listener. When I talk to you, I hear myself differently. You are a genius!'" "Ha!" I replied. "It wasn't my listening. It was the expression on my face that said, 'I can't believe you said that!'"

October 25, 2011

"Is life about being happy?" I asked Orion this morning. "What do you think?" He responded. "I'm asking you," I said. "And I'm throwing it back to you. Don't make me or anyone else responsible for your happiness."

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 12, 2011

"Wow, Orion," I said this morning. "You look great with Jupiter and the full moon in front of you!" "I'm glad you're present and noticing again, grasshopper," Orion replied. "You have been down this past week, allowing your inner critics to take you out of the present. As a result you missed a coaching opportunity yesterday." "Thanks," I said. "Sometimes I need a kick in the butt." "Ha!" Orion laughed. "It's what constellations do for humans."

September 30, 2011

"I'm really disappointed, Orion," I complained this morning. "What is disappointing you?" Orion asked. "I was going to cruise down to Santa Cruz next week, but a big storm is coming in. I so wanted an adventure. I'm on vacation." "Hey! No macho crap, okay?" Orion warned me. "Yeah, yeah, I know better than that." "So, what will you do instead that is just as adventurous?"
· · September 30 at 8:06am

September 23, 2011

"I feel a little funky this morning, Orion." "It's good that you are noticing that," Orion answered. "Do you smell the ferry's diesel fumes? Feel the ferry accelerating? Hear that guy's obnoxious laugh? Bring yourself into your present experience so you can be ready to be of service today."

September 21, 2011

"You know in your heart that you are helping people, right?" Orion asked this morning. "I guess I know it. Sometimes I don't feel good at it." "Keep putting your energy out there. What did your new client say to you yesterday?" "She said, 'please teach me. My cancer is back.'"

September 19, 2011

"You are really bright this morning," I said to Orion this morning. "Are you telling me something?" "Geez!" Orion answered. "Higher self! We've been talking about higher self! It's Monday morning. Open yourself to allow your higher self to emerge." "What if I don't have a higher self?" "You are making this a long week for me, grasshopper."

September 17, 2011

"Then what," I asked. "Then take a breath, shrug your shoulders, engage your body with your mind, and stay in the moment," Orion said. "That's not easy." "It gets easier the more you do it. Look around you. What sounds are you hearing? What sensations on your skin do are you aware of? And let your higher self emerge to deal with your inner critics." "Higher self?" I asked...
· · September 17 at 8:14am

September 5, 2011

"Why do you do it?" Orion asked me. "Do what?" I responded. "You keep doing new things when you are at an age to slow down," he said. "It's like Enzo, the dog, said in The Art of Racing in the Rain: 'There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing for fear of losing.' Life ahead is still an adventure, Orion!"
· · September 5 at 6:57pm

September 5, 2011

"Why do you do it?" Orion asked me. "Do what?" I responded. "You keep doing new things when you are at an age to slow down," he said. "It's like Enzo, the dog, said in The Art of Racing in the Rain: 'There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing for fear of losing.' Life ahead is still an adventure, Orion!"
· · September 5 at 6:57pm

September 2, 2011

"Do you have an inner critic, Orion?" I asked this morning. "Everyone has an inner critic," he replied. "There was a time when I would have beat myself up because I didn't achieve my running goal last week. I feel good about my run." Orion said: "You also have an inner champion, Grasshopper, and you are letting him counter your inner critic. Way to go!"
· · September 2 at 7:28am

August 24, 2011

"You know what," I asked Orion this morning. "What, John-san?" my friend responded. "Ha! Who you calling 'san'? Today is Priscilla's and my 26th anniversary. Quite a wonderful journey and with many more adventures to come. Cheers to Priscilla who loves me even when I talk to the stars."
· · August 24 at 7:18am

August 23, 2011

"Hey, Orion, you look good in the eastern sky in the morning, especially from South Beach Marina in SF. What advice do you have for me today?" ... ... ... "Orion? You there?" ... ... ... Finally, Orion said, "You didn't run this morning like you said... Keep your commitments, Grasshopper." "Crap. Okay..."
· · August 23 at 6:30am

August 17, 2011

"Hey Orion! I had a career discussion with an engineering student at MIT. She told me all the things she should do over the next few years. I said to her, 'I hear your head talking; what does your heart say?'. She responded, 'why is that important?'. I'll probably never see her again. She would be a good subject in a longitudinal study on life fulfillment."
· · August 17 at 5:45am via mobile

August 16, 2011

Welcome back north, Orion. Good to see you this morning. It was also good yesterday to see friends at DTSC. I was there to talk to the director about some possible work. It would be great to live at home again.
· · August 16 at 5:34am via mobile

June 15, 2011

Interesting topic for a meeting I attended last night: Tangling with and Taming an Abrasive Boss
· · June 15 at 6:08am via mobile

May 21, 2011

What soes it say when the closer has more wins than any starter?
· · May 21 at 9:43am via mobile

May 10, 2011

Postcard to Orion: Wow! It was a beautiful walk to the ferry this morning along the waterfront. Slight chill in the air, no wind, calm water. I missed you. The thought that came to mind was: how will I be different today?
· · May 10 at 6:13am via mobile

May 9, 2011

Postcard to Orion: "Hey, Big O. Enjoying your holiday in the southern hemisphere? This is going to be a good week. I'm going to a Giants game Thursday and I'm 'running' from pub to pub in the Bay to Breakers Sunday with friend David. Don't you wish you were here?"
· · May 9 at 6:13am via mobile

May 6, 2011

Postcard to Orion: "Hey, Orion, did you go south because you don't like talking to me?" "Well, now that you mention it... No, I always go south this time of year. Geez, you're Why do you ask?". "I just committed the fundamental attribution error, assuming the worst about your intentions. A lot of people do that at work, not because they are bad, but because we work in a flawed system"
· · May 6 at 6:25am via mobile

May 4, 2011

Postcard to Orion: "Everyone has a story that is misunderstood by some others," I wrote this morning. "So, what's your point?" I could hear Orion smirking at me. "You are the point, Bud. Much of my work deals with issues blown out of proportion by decent people who don't take the time to hear or understand the stories of others".
· · May 4 at 6:26am via mobile

April 27, 2011

"Hey, Orion," I said this morning. "It's no longer dark when I walk with you. That tells me you are soon going to be in the southern hemisphere for a few months. Mind if I send you postcards?". "You better," Orion answered. "You help me see what's important to people". "Interesting," I said. "A client just told me the same thing."
· · April 27 at 6:15am via mobile

April 15, 2011

"Whew! Orion. I had a crucial conversation with a co-worker yesterday. It ended very well". "That's great," Orion said. "What did you learn?". "It's important to prepare, to decide what you really want out of the conversation, and to remember that everyone has a story. Seek first to understand, then to be understood"
· · April 15 at 6:21am via mobile

April 12, 2011

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy". - Rabindranath Tagore
· · April 12 at 8:28am via mobile

April 11, 2011

"I looked at Andromeda last night, Orion." "And what struck you?" Orion answered. "Well, seeing light that is 2 million years old puts my insignificant worries into perspective for me.". "That's a good lesson, grasshopper, but what am I? Chopped liver?". "Gees, Orion, I looked at you, too, okay? Boy, talk about insignificant..."
· · April 11 at 6:34am via mobile

April 8, 2011

"You know, Orion, sometimes I hate being a coach and mediator. I hate always having to role model what I teach. Sometimes I want to throw tantrums and scream mean and ugly things.". "You're a funny guy, grasshopper," Orion laughed. "Isn't that why you talk to me?"
· · April 8 at 6:21am via mobile

April 6, 2011

"I'm almost afraid to ask," Orion said to me this morning. "What are you bringing into your 63rd year of life, grasshopper?". "Well," I responded, "I looked at you through binoculars last night and was able to see your belt, but not the whole you. Made me wonder how much of people I miss by not seeing them from all perspectives"
· · April 6 at 6:24am via mobile

March 21, 2011

"With all that is happening in the world, Orion, I wonder if the earth's energy is shifting," I asked my friend this morning. "Earth's energy is constantly shifting, Grasshopper. Tap into your energy to help people find theirs."
· · March 21 at 6:19am via mobile

March 11, 2011

"Hey Orion. There was a huge earthquake near Japan last night. The tidal surge was supposed to come through the Golden Gate and even be felt in Vallejo." "Do you have the boat tied securely," asked Orion. "Yes, and I didn't go to work. I called in tsunami."
· · March 11 at 8:56am

March 10, 2011

"No wifi on the boat since Sunday, Orion. I'm having withdrawal jitters". "You have TV and booze, right?" answered Orion. "That's too easy. I have been doing yoga instead. Last night I thought I was levitating. Then I remembered I was floating on a boat."
· · March 10 at 6:36am via mobile

March 3, 2011

"I'm psyched this morning, Big O". "Geez, what now, grasshopper?" Orion asked. "August 27th I'm going to run in the Giants' Run to Home Plate half marathon. I will get a Timmy bobblehead!"
· · March 3 at 6:26am via mobile

March 2, 2011

"I walked in the rain this morning, Orion" "Are you a turkey or something?" Orion responded. "Ha! It was a very pleasant walk, my friend. It is amazing what discomfort can be dealt with by an energized positive attitude."
· · March 2 at 6:25am via mobile

March 1, 2011

"Hey, Orion. Beautiful crescent moon/Venus combo this morning.". "Ho hum," he answered. "What's up, kiddo?". "I asked a client yesterday how he knows our work has been helpful. He told me that his coworkers tell him he doesn't swear as much as he used to..."
· · March 1 at 6:27am via mobile

February 24, 2011

"What's irritating you?" Orion asked. "When I get in line for the bus, I leave space between me and the person in front of me so the sidewalk is not blocked. A woman told me to move up and even put her hand on my arm to move me. At that moment a person walked through the hole and said 'thanks.' The woman said 'oh,' and walked away. I hate it when someone assumes I'm irresponsible."

February 22, 2011

"What are you looking forward to this week, Grasshopper?" Orion asked me this morning. "What I look forward to every week," I replied. "I want to learn something that will help me grow as a person and I want to help at least one person get unstuck."

February 15, 2011

"Hey, Orion! Yesterday one of my coaching clients received an award for outstanding performance. He credits our work for the change in his attitude.". "Good work, grasshopper," Orion responded. "Did you ask him for your cut?"

February 14, 2011

"It's a rainy Monday, Orion, a new division director is reporting in, and I have a full day of meetings and coaching. What advice do you have for me?". "It sounds like a potentially hazardous day," Orion answered. "Be nimble in mind and body today."

February 8, 2011

"What's up? I haven't talked to you in awhile." Orion said this morning. "I've had several really good successes the past few weeks in coaching, mediation, and training," I answered. "I have to be cautious now. I have to be mindful of hubris."

January 28, 2011

"How'd it go yesterday, grasshopper," Orion asked this morning. "I'm not the judge, but I think it was okay," I responded. "I think it was positive when a person told me 'for a person with such a soft voice, you sure have a loud message.'"

January 27, 2011

"I'm nervous this morning, Orion," "What's causing it," Orion asked. "I'm working today with a powerful senior manager who has not appreciated my kind of work." "Who are you going to be in this situation today, grasshopper?" "Well, scared, but I see what you mean. I will trust the coach I am becoming and create a safe place for everyone today. Thanks, O...Should I start singing now?"

January 26, 2011

"It all looks the same from up here," Orion said this morning. "That's a problem with the big picture. Sometimes it's inspiring, and sometimes not. It helps to go into the lives of people to be inspired by everyday heroism."

January 20, 2011

"Even after your schedule change, you're still tired everyday," Orion told me this morning. "Yes I am," I agreed. "I give my energy to the people I work with and I know I need to save some for myself.". "No, Grasshopper, find the source of new energy for yourself. It is within you."

January 18, 2011

"Last week I was talking to a guy at work about his behavior," I said to Orion this morning. "The guy tells me, 'I am who I am. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.' I asked him why he is going to come into the office everyday when he retires in 3 years. He said 'That's dumb. I'm not going to do that.'. I said, 'Oh, you're going to learn new tricks?'"

January 13, 2011

"Hey, O, I am full of energy this morning!". "Are you sniffing glue again?" Orion asked. Ha! No, i'm just really liking my job right now. Today I'm leading a career workshop. I call it 'What's Next? Your EPA Bucket List!'"

January 11, 2011

"Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits!" Orion said. "Why do you sound like Elmer Fudd," I asked. "You're hunting Lepus, not Bugs." Orion said, "Oh. Where's dat dwatted Daffy?"

January 10, 2011

"Astronomers say that in two million years, you will no longer be recognizable as a constellation from earth," I said to Orion this evening. "Two million years for me, and let's just say 20 years for you," Orion responded. "Who will you be recognized as then?"

January 6, 2011

"Hey!" Orion said this morning. "You do realize that you're talking to yourself, right?" "Shhh!" I answered. "I don't want my self critic to know. Wisdom is better coming from you."
· · January 6 at 6:10am via mobile

January 5, 2011

"Hey, O, you're messing me up. You're not with me on my morning walks now". "No, I'm not," Orion said. "Have you noticed that I am now with you on your evening walk home? Grasshopper, I am like all your friends. Even when you can't see me, I am always with you in spirit."
· · January 5 at 5:55am via mobile

January 3, 2011

"I had to run this morning, Orion. I slept through my alarm. Is that a sign for what 2011 holds for me?". I asked. "Ah," he responded. "Yes, a sign, you silly guy. You were late, but you didn't miss the boat."
· · January 3 at 6:52am via mobile

January 1, 2011

"Hey, Orion! I know that time is meaningless to you, but for us humans, it goes way too fast. What advice do you have for us?" "Well, it's like this, grasshopper," he responded. "Make this year your best yet. This month, this day, your very best yet."

Cheers to all my FB friends.
· · January 1 at 12:02am

December 23, 2010

"I'm pissed, Orion! I've been home two days sick after doing all I can to take care of myself! I had to cancel four clients because of this. I had a flu shot; I wash my hands often; I exercise; I take care of my stress; sheesh!" "Finished?" asked Orion. "What can I tell you, grasshopper, even when you do all the right things, shit still happens."
· · December 23, 2010 at 9:31am

December 21, 2010

"Hey Orion!" I said this morning. "There was a hole in the rain clouds after midnight this morning. I saw the eclipsed moon directly overhead, right next to you! I haven't seen you look so bright. Thanks for being my friend. Thanks to all my friends this holiday season. Happy birthday, Maia."
· · December 21, 2010 at 5:14am

December 20, 2010

"I don't suppose you can see our lunar eclipse from where you are," I told Orion this morning. "Nope," he replied. "Way different perspective.". "Speaking of which," I said. "i asked a young man last week what was his and his girl friend's common goal. He said: 'she wants what is best for me me and I want what is best for me.'. Oh..." I said.

December 13, 2010

"Hey, I cruised with you yesterday. Did you notice the difference, Orion?" I asked. "Did I notice?" he responded. "It was daylight so you couldn't see that only my left foot was in the northern hemisphere. And what did you learn yesterday, grasshopper?" "My autopilot course corrects every few seconds to keep me headed toward my destination. I need to do the same thing everyday in my life."

December 10, 2010

"I've got nothing but time," Orion said to me this morning. "How about you?". "Well," I answered, "I'm just now discovering what I want to be when I grow up. Do I have enough time?". "Hell if I know," Orion said. "Just make progress toward your life goal every day."

December 8, 2010

"Hey Orion!" I silently yelled. "I woke up pissed! I hate it when higher ups make my work harder, as if they know my job better than I do! What do you advise, oh wise one?". "You have the answer inside you, grasshopper," Orion responded. "Crap! I knew you were going to say that!"

December 7, 2010

"Hey, Orion. Do you think dogs are aware of being present?" I asked. "Boy, that's an out there thought. Why do you ask?" Orion responded. "Well, ZZ is staying with me on the boat this week, and with every noise, she is alert. With every smell when we walk, she is curious and seems open to discovery. That's how I want to be."
· · December 7, 2010 at 5:23am

December 3, 2010

"Did you watch the movie with me last night, Big O?" I asked this morning. "Yes," He said. "I liked Max von Sydow's line: 'I'm an old man. I ponder things in the light of death...Humanity is on trial here.'"

December 2, 2010

"Hey! Just wanted you to know that even though It's cloudy, I still see you," said Orion. "Thanks," I replied. "Reminds me of when, years ago, I thanked Emi for taking out the trash without being told. 'Just doing my job , dad,' she said. 'But thanks for noticing.' "

December 10, 2010

"Hey! Just wanted you to know that even though It's cloudy, I still see you," said Orion. "Thanks," I replied. "Reminds me of when, years ago, I thanked Emi for taking out the trash without being told. 'Just doing my job , dad,' she said. 'But thanks for noticing.' "

November 30, 2010

"Moving kind of slow this morning, aren't you?" asked Big O. "Nature is telling me I should be hibernating for a few months," I said. "Well," Orion said, "I see millions who hibernate their lives away. I'm glad you have people who love you keeping you awake."

November 29, 2010

Cooold this morning! Crunchy ice on the dock. "So," Orion asked, "What's on your mind?" "I'm thinking about Leslie Neilsen's passing," I said. "For a person who brought so many people joy and laughter, did he achieve his life purpose? I choose to believe he did. Rest in peace, Shirley."

November 24, 2010

"Hey O, kind of leaning to the West, aren't you?". "What can I say," Orion replied. "It's getting to be that time of the year. How come you haven't told me about clown school yet?". I answered, "I'm still processing the experience. It wasn't so much teaching you how to be a clown; rather finding the clown within you and letting it emerge. I haven't quite found my clown".

November 18, 2010

Through the clouds this morning, Orion asked me, "Do you know why statues of Buddha have the eyes look half closed?". "Yeah," I answered. "because he was Aaian.". Hey! No racist jokes from you!". Orion said. It's because at least half of the search for truth is looking inward, not outward."