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Desert Highway
Thoughtful writing authored and shared by members of of the Thinking Collaborative community to support others on the journey.

Sustaining the Journey

Breathing Renewed Life into Our Work: Enjoying the Blossoms

Authored By:

Ericka Harris, Training Associate and member of the Thinking Collaborative Futures Team


May 27, 2019

The colors are amazing. The blossoms are too numerous to count. The blossoms scream LIFE and JOY. It’s time to move forward, to share your knowledge, expertise, and wonder with the world. The last quotations include an opportunity for you to CELEBRATE. MAY your blossoms bloom bringing renewal to the world that you serve.


“Grit is more about stamina than intensity…Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it…How gritty are you?”

Angela Duckworth, Grit


“Language molds our sense of who we are. Our words can shape identities. What we say to others can deeply affect their sense of who they are and who they might become.”

Paula Denton, The Power of Our Words



“The Centering Breath

Breathe in the present moment,

with balance and energy.

The Possibility Breath

Breathe in the “me I want to be”

with power and purpose.

The Discovery Breath

Breathe in the mystery,

let go of judgment.”

Thomas Crum, Three Deep Breaths

Finally choose at least one quotation to celebrate and share with others. Make tangible plans.


2. IDENTIFY at least one quotation to set NEW intentions.

3. THINK… possibilities, growth, and thriving. Move into Spring with a pep in your step, a new song to whistle, and new blossoms to share.

As you end this experience, remember to breathe. Remind yourself that it’s okay to start again. See obstacles as stepping stones and SMILE.

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