Category Archives: HR

BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

20th Annual HR Systems Survey with Stacey Harris!

Stacey Harris, VP of Research and Analytics at Sierra-Cedar Stops by HR Latte

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HR Latte, episode 110

Stacey Harris

Stacey Harris, VP of Research & Analytics at Sierra Cedar shares the news and expectations  for the latest HR Systems Survey – closes June 30!

Check out the Sierra-Cedar 2017–2018 HR Systems Survey, 20th Annual Edition.
We’d love to have you support this research effort. All responses are anonymous and kept strictly confidential. They only use your information in the aggregate. Your privacy is strictly maintained.
“Research has to have a story behind it.”- Stacey Harris

Stacey joins Rayanne to discuss these points:

  • History of the Survey – 20 years strong now!
  • Most significant finding from last year’s results
  • Expectations for this year
  • What to watch for: Personalization!

Sierra Cedar Survey Take the survey here.

“The secret sauce? I’ve worked in research for along-time now.  Most of the time, research is great, but it doesn’t always reach a large audience. I think our secret is longevity, therefore, we are trusted and we don’t sell the research – this is not a line-item for Sierra-Cedar. The focus is to make this a service to  the industry.”

To learn more about Sierra-Cedar and their offerings, visit their website and follow their social channels.

You can connect with Stacey Harris here on LinkedIn.

On Twitter

@StaceyHarrisHR
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

BUSINESS, HR

HR Latte: HR.com on the Road!

HR Latte Hits the Road to Catch HR.com on the Road [14 min]

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HR Latte, episode 109

HR.com

Deb McGrath, Owner/Entrepreneur – HR.com
HR.com is the largest online destination for HR professionals, we focus on making HR Executives Smarter by
1) Connecting 1M plus HR executives with collaboration, training, certification , community, social, and best practices
2) Certification and Training programs supporting HRCI & SHRM
3) Our educational events – over 4000 webcasts, 80 virtual events and LEAD the world’s largest leadership events focused on inspiring the world.
4) “Ask the Expert” Services and our e-mentoring solution

HR.comDeb joins Rayanne during the middle of the HR.com Bus road trip for a lovely Laguna Beach sunset  – they kicked off the 5-week HR.com road trip on May 21st – in prep for the year-long road trip in 2018. Learning the tricks to a successful road trip and spotlight HR professionals around North America.

“We are really trying to help the average HR person get smarter. We are building a large repository of content -with over 4000 courses. The HR process has become so complicated, we are building courses and materials to help.” – Deb McGrath, Owner – HR.com

To learn more about HR.com, visit their website and follow their social channels.

What you will learn:

  • What does HR.com think about the push toward A.I?
  • Bringing Humanity back to HR
  • The Re-Branding of HR.com
  • Helping HR get smarter
  • HR Tech World Congress
  • Great Swag – Snarky HR Stickers!
  • Prepping for the 2018 year-long road trip

You can connect with Deb McGrath on LinkedIn and email her at: dmcgrath@hr.com

On Twitter

@dmcgrath
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

BUSINESS, HEALTHCARE, HR, LEADERSHIP

Healthcare HR: The Crisis is not New

HR Latte guest Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare, part 3

Series: Healthcare HR in Crisis 

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HR Latte, episode 108

Healthcare HR Today

Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare is an Expert in Workforce Management, including Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Vendor Managed Services (VMS) and Managed Service Provider (MSP). Dan is known to drive improved business outcomes through innovative solutions which specifically address the workforce.

Dan joins Rayanne as they continue a three-part series on the challenges facing Healthcare HR today by addressing staffing shortages and the issues around that!

“Healthcare HR has been in crisis mode. This is nothing new to them.” – Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare

To learn more how AMN Healthcare can assist you with the Healthcare HR and Recruiting challenges you might be facing, visit AMN Healthcare Workforce Solutions.

What you will learn:

  • Evidenced-based decision making should extend beyond the services provided
  • Advice for working with third-party solutions
  • Success stories
  • Traits of a Successful Healthcare HR Professionals
  • Can these traits be developed? (resources)
  • The Best Relationship Produce the Best Outcomes
  • Partnering with your vendor partners the best way possible
  • The Protected Pool of 3 Million Nurses in the US
  • “Ownership” of staff – no such thing!
  • Sourcing, Recruiting, Talent Management
  • ASHHRA, Podcasts, HR Today Forum, HR.com
  • Patient Care to Talent Care – white paper for our listeners

Healthcare HR on HR Latte series
Part 1, Healthcare HR in Crisis
Part 2, Addressing the Ongoing Staffing Shortage
Part 3, In Crisis Mode

You can connect with Dan White LinkedIn here and email him at: Dan.White@amnhealthcare.com

On Twitter

@DanWhite_WFM
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

BUSINESS, HEALTHCARE, HR

Healthcare HR: Ongoing Staffing Shortage, part 2

HR Latte guest Dan White, President of  Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare, part 2

Series: Healthcare HR in Crisis 

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HR Latte, episode 107

Healthcare HR Today

Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare is an Expert in Workforce Management, including Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Vendor Managed Services (VMS) and Managed Service Provider (MSP). Dan is known to drive improved business outcomes through innovative solutions which specifically address the workforce.

Dan joins Rayanne as they continue a three-part series on the challenges facing Healthcare HR today by addressing staffing shortages and the issues around that!

“The talent shortage isn’t going to go away any time soon, but just like any other industry, healthcare can look to leverage partners to assist with systems and best practices to attract the kind of people you need..” – Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare

To learn more how AMN Healthcare can assist you with the Healthcare HR and Recruiting challenges you might be facing, visit AMN Healthcare Workforce Solutions.

What you will learn:

  • Ongoing Nursing Shortage: Supply – Demand
  • Demand is driven by the aging population
  • Demand is driven by Stronger Economy
  • Supply is driven by an Aging Workforce and a shift in healthcare job mix
  • Attracting a Qualified Workforce for clinical and non-clinical positions
  • Using the same predictors as similar industries, like hospitality, to rethink efficiency
  • Regional considerations and spikes in seasonality demands
  • Retail, School, Home Health – Areas where healthcare locations are growing
  • Is there a long-term solution to ease staffing solutions?
  • Communicating with talent the way they prefer
  • Listening to and heeding the advice of Experts
  • Patient Care to Talent Care – white paper for our listeners

Healthcare HR on HR Latte series
Part 1, Healthcare HR in Crisis
Part 2, Addressing the Ongoing Staffing Shortage
Part 3, In Crisis Mode

You can connect with Dan White LinkedIn here

On Twitter

@DanWhite_WFM
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

Corporate Intelligence, Part 4 with Ron Wiens

Guest Ron Wiens returns to HR Latte for this final episode to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, Part 4

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HR Latte, episode 106

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne again to continue the conversation in Episode 4 of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole with a focus on Corporate Intelligence.

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of new knowledge, a culture that gets people building and creating together, has become today’s competitive advantage.” – Ron Wiens

Ron is happy to share everything he knows — you can visit his website to learn more and download his whitepapers, with no commitment or email required.

What you will learn in this final episode:

  • How Corporate Intelligence impacts Company Culture
  • Corporate Intelligence is about connecting people to their common future
  • If Culture is about the “bottom line” – do not expect to retain your most talented people
  • If you want to retain this talent, you have to establish cause – a common cause
  • The Joy of Leadership in taking your life’s mission around the organization’s mission
  • Organizational goals and strategies need to be selected wisely.
  • The Six-Week Rule: the Life of a Vision
  • Most Organizations are incandescent – with light going everywhere with no true alignment.
  • The Five Levels of Corporate Intelligence
  • Creating Common Cause for the Whole

Series: Build Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound
Part 1: Introducing Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert
Part 2: Emotional Intelligence
Part 3: Relationship Intelligence
Part 4: Corporate Intelligence

The first 3 people to tweet @HRLatte with your favorite part of this series will receive a free copy of Ron’s book, Building Organizations that Leap tall Buildings in a Single Bound.

You can contact Ron Wiens via email at ron@ronwiens.com

On Twitter

@Ron_Wiens
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

HEALTHCARE, HR

Healthcare HR in Crisis, HR Latte with guest Dan White

HR Latte guest Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare, episode 1

Series: Healthcare HR in Crisis 

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HR Latte, episode 105

Healthcare HR Today

Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare is an Expert in Workforce Management, including Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Vendor Managed Services (VMS) and Managed Service Provider (MSP). Dan is known to drive improved business outcomes through innovative solutions which specifically address the workforce.

Dan joins Rayanne for this three-part series on the challenges facing Healthcare HR today by addressing staffing shortages and the issues around that!

“The three most important things that impact Healthcare HR today: we’ve had a stronger/better economy for some time – so more spending, the healthcare clinical workforce is aging, and the population, in general, is aging with more healthcare requirements.” – Dan White, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare

To learn more how AMN Healthcare can assist you with the Healthcare HR and Recruiting challenges you might be facing, visit AMN Healthcare Workforce Solutions.

What you will learn:

  • RPOs and MSPs and their benefit to Healthcare HR
  • RPO – people, process excellence, best in class tech eco-system, and measurement of excellence
  • MSP = Managed Service Provider/Program brings contingent workforce to the table
  • Three Staff Buckets in Healthcare: Core Staff, Contingent Staff, & Float Pool
  • ACA and ACHA: regulations, changes in tech, compliance – how HR can stay out of crisis mode or are we already in crisis mode?
  • Will the staffing shortage be ending anytime soon?
  • How technology can assist Healthcare HR
  • The three Cs offered by Managed Service Program: Cost Reduction, Compliance, and Control
  • Patient Care to Talent Care – white paper for the listeners

Healthcare HR on HR Latte series
Part 1, Healthcare HR in Crisis
Part 2, Addressing the Ongoing Staffing Shortage
Part 3, In Crisis Mode

You can connect with Dan White LinkedIn here and email him at: Dan.White@amnhealthcare.com.

On Twitter

@DanWhite_WFM
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

Relationship Intelligence, Part 3 with Ron Wiens

Guest Ron Wiens returns to HR Latte for 2 more episodes to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, Part 3

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HR Latte, episode 104

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne again to continue the conversation in Episode 3 of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole with a focus on Relationship Intelligence.

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of new knowledge, a culture that gets people building and creating together, has become today’s competitive advantage.” – Ron Wiens

Ron is happy to share everything he knows — you can visit his website to learn more and download his whitepapers, with no commitment or email required.

What you will learn:

  • Understanding the value of relationships, how to build & maintain them, and why it’s important
  • How relationships with others can change the culture at work
  • Creating “new” business value constantly through relationships
  • Is building work relationships a waste of time?
  • What does it look to have an effective relationship at work?
  • “I care about your success” – “I care about the success of the whole”
  • The increase of productivity when the Joy of Work is introduced at an organization
  • Do performance evaluations have an impact on teamwork?
  • How “frank” talk improves communication that leads to trust and System Awareness
  • Forward: Creating Common Cause

Series: Build Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound
Part 1: Introducing Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert
Part 2: Emotional Intelligence
Part 3: Relationship Intelligence
Part 4: Corporate Intelligence

The first 3 people to tweet @HRLatte with your favorite part of this series will receive a free copy of Ron’s book, Building Organizations that Leap tall Buildings in a Single Bound.

You can contact Ron Wiens via email at ron@ronwiens.com

On Twitter

@Ron_Wiens
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

Emotional Intelligence, Part 2 with Ron Wiens

Guest Ron Wiens returns to HR Latte for 3 more episodes to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, Part 2

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HR Latte, episode 103

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne again to continue the conversation in Episode 2 of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole with a focus on Emotional Intelligence.

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of new knowledge, a culture that gets people building and creating together, has become today’s competitive advantage.” – Ron Wiens

Ron is happy to share everything he knows — you can visit his website to learn more and download his whitepapers, with no commitment or email required.

What you will learn:

  • What are emotions and how do they impact our work?
  • Learn to be curious and aware of your emotions and their impact on you and others
  • Organizations tend to ignore emotions when they could be using them to better serve the company
  • Emotions are there to protect and serve individuals and the organizations where they work
  • Emotional Intelligence is important to the Knowledge Era and the constant change found in business today
  • Emotions tell us about something that happened in the past
  • Emotional Intelligence brings you the Freedom of Awareness
  • The Importance of Self-Talk

Series: Build Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound
Part 1: Introducing Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert
Part 2: Emotional Intelligence
Part 3: Relationship Intelligence
Part 4: Corporate Intelligence

The first person to tweet @HRLatte with your favorite part of this episode about Emotional Intelligence will receive a free copy of Ron’s book, Building Organizations that Leap tall Buildings in a Single Bound.

You can contact Ron Wiens via email at ron@ronwiens.com

On Twitter

@Ron_Wiens
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

Cultural Change Expert, Ron Wiens on HR Latte

Guest Ron Wiens joins Rayanne for 4 episodes to share his expertise in Cultural Change

Series: Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, Part 1

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HR Latte, episode 102

Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert

Ron Wiens, Speaker, Author, and Advisor on Cultural Change, introduces several concepts from his book, “Building Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in Single Bound.”

Ron joins Rayanne in this first episode of a four-part series to talk about how to get your employees, teams, or organizations to work together for the good of the whole.

“How people work together, how they interact, goes to the heart of what organizational culture is all about. Culture, a culture that facilitates the ongoing creation of new knowledge, a culture that gets people building and creating together, has become today’s competitive advantage.” – Ron Wiens

Ron is happy to share everything he knows — you can visit his website to learn more and download his whitepapers, with no commitment or email required.

What you will learn:

  • What are Emotional, Relationship, and Corporate Intelligence?
  • How to get your people working together for the good of the whole
  • How to build a work environment that maximizes a person’s desire to contribute
  • How to enrich your employees and your bottom line through the joy of work
  • What is the Knowledge Economy?

Series: Build Organizations that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound
Part 1: Introducing Ron Wiens, Cultural Change Expert
Part 2: Emotional Intelligence
Part 3: Relationship Intelligence
Part 4: Corporate Intelligence

You can contact Ron Wiens via email at ron@ronwiens.com

On Twitter

@Ron_Wiens
@Ray_anne
and @HRLatte

*Click here for past Episodes 1-66

HRLatte is made possible by:

Dovetail Software logoDovetail Software delivers web-based solutions & help desk programs that enable organizations to reduce administrative & support costs, diagnose & resolve complex business problems, and increase efficiency, while improving support.

Rayanne loves hosting talk radio and continues to hone this craft in every way possible by creating and hosting several educational and promotional radio shows, hosting & moderating webinars and podcasts, as well as a featured host on intrepid.media.

For more information about how you can use online radio or podcasting to educate your target audience or customer, compliment your marketing efforts, and grow your brand recognition, feel free to message Rayanne on Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at rayanne@intrepid.media.

HR, PERSONAL GROWTH

There’s No Skating By Perspective

Point of View

Here’s the thing, my point of view is just that, mine. And yours is yours. There is power in what each of us sees, feels, understands, or gains from any circumstance or situation. It is perspective which drives cynicism or belief, joy or pain, worth or lack of value. It is perspective which drives decisions and creates opinions.

The ultimate power of perspective is that it can be changed, it can be altered. I never used to think this – why? Because I was so opinionated that every corner of my so-called open-mind was closed. I refused to see the room for growth – that I could shift, that a challenge to my viewpoint might be good for me.

Power

The individual who listens, learns, and implements what he learns is the one who has the power. Stephen Covey said, “To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.” The stubborn, all-knowing individual loses power by denying his ability to see things differently, or hear an alternative side to a story, or gain a new understanding. I freely admit that I can be stubborn. I also can happily attest that my self-described stubborn nature is also a wonderful survival tool.

I can also happily admit today that my desire to grow and change, to love and be loved, to help and be helped has overcome my stubborn nature on many occasions over the last several years. This has allowed me to achieve and receive all the above: knowledge, love, assistance.

Does Truth Change?

I soooo loved to roller skate when I was young. Nothing made me happier than doing twirls and skating backward on my driveway. I truly dreamed of being a professional roller skater, of having a cute skirt that flared and flowed as I twirled and turned. This was my truth, my future. It was utter happiness for an 8-year old girl. I failed to realize that the “real” sport was ice skating – there was no olympic gold medal for roller skating.

Update: A few years back, I was cast in a stage production, a musical which required me to roller skate, in front of an audience. I was so excited to strap on a pair of skates and show my stuff. I was bubbling over when I bought new skates; I could hardly wait. Good Lord. Out of practice 40+ year olds should not even try to twirl on skates. Luckily, I only crashed a couple times backstage – and never on stage or during a show. Sadly, I must admit that the nirvana of my youth was no longer found in a pair of roller skates.

It is all about perspective and the changing of it. Perspective and opinion are formed by knowledge and experience. Wisdom.

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, a well-known idiom, exists for a reason: perspective.

Opportunity for change is real opportunity.

Knowledge is Power

Why limit one’s amount of knowledge by a declaration of “I know all I need to know” or believing only what you have always believed? Isn’t this why schools and institutions of higher learning exist? Isn’t this why Google exists? Why book clubs were founded and communities (online or not) created? – the expansion of the mind or one’s beliefs or practices. Seeds of learning. Flowers of potential. Growth and movement forward. Always forward, onward or upward.

This personal power we each hold is very real – opinion or perspective – and it cannot simply be turned up like a volume control button. It can only increase or change by opening a door, and another, and another. The turning of the knob is up to you and only you. What happens if you never turn that knob?

Understanding Chaos

I learned many years ago that chaos isn’t really chaos once it is understood. Perhaps learning individuals are just in a consistent state of chaos – looking for rule or order, searching for cosmos.

And until then, until that day when I actually find cosmos, I’ll thrive in the chaos by increasing my own super human power – my power of perspective.

It won’t be in roller skates.