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We have only this moment sparkling like a star in our hand

August 16, 2011

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment sparkling like a star in our hand — and melting like a snowflake.”  Marie Beynon Ray

This quote touches me every day. Perhaps, this is leadership.When we do what we want to do – now. When we discover what matters the most to us and we develop the willingness and ability to act in that direction.

Traditional pictures of leadership highlight someone at the top of a pyramid. Many women (and men) find this an uncomfortable place to sit – not because they aren’t competent to be there, but rather because they prefer to lead as part of a team. In the circle model of leadership each person provides functional leadership when it is their turn, or when their particular set of competencies are called for.

One person may be “where the buck stops”. But, they may lead from behind, or as part of the team rather than standing in front and shouting “let’s go!” I know that’s overstated, yet, it is surprising how many women hold that image.

Posted above my desk, this quote helps me remember to do what i most want to do – now! And to do it in a way that helps and nurtures me as much as I help and nurture others.

Do you have a favorite quote?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2011 9:25 am

    “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

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