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By Heather Brown
February 25, 2010

 I was snowboarding in Colorado last week and decided to take a break in the middle of the run and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the mountains.  “WOW! What an amazing view that was.” I was surrounded by the most majestic mountains, no one else around me on the slope, the only thing I could hear was the crackling of the snow and the wind.  I began to reflect on a book I am reading titled “The Power of Full Engagement”.  Why I was drawn to reflect on this particular book at this particular moment I suppose, is because the is book is a guide for learning to manage our “Energy”, not our “Time”.  “Spiritual Energy”, as the author states “provides the force for action in all dimensions of our lives, it fuels passion, perseverance, and commitment”. 

I felt such spiritual energy sitting alone on the slope after coming down over 2 miles of trail with another 1+ miles to go.  Snowboarding is one of my winter outlets, it allows me to challenge myself mentally and physically, as well as reflect and find balance (not just on the board).  By taking time to do things like this, I often come back with new ideas, solutions, and am more capable to deal with the challenges that life throws my way.

Many of you know that one of my passions is to help Nonprofit Organizations with tools that make your day to day operations easier, safer, and help you maintain positive relationships of those you serve.  I come back from hacienda’s like this with ideas for many of these tools to share with you and your staff.  You can find these ideas in our bi-monthly newsletters. 

There is a saying I keep in-front of my computer at work and I don’t know who wrote it, but one of my favorite sisters gave it to me (thanks Mar) it goes something like this “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “…holy sh_t… what a ride!”.  I now, I may be taking this a bit more literally than it was meant, but after a few runs on the 3.6 mile slopes in CO, and having skidded sideways and perhaps even upside down once or twice, I was totally worn out and actually did think if not shout out “…holy sh_t… what a ride!

I hope all of you take time for yourself periodically, we are only in this world for a limited time, it is energy that makes us live.  There is a saying I often hear spoken out west “We work to live, not live to work”.  Which do you do my friends?

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