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FEB 2019

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50 Today's Veterinary Business Leadership These are incredibly important questions for us to be asking. That's because, based on our experience and what we're continually learn- ing about the topic, it's only in the present moment, unclouded by misdirected desires, fear or regrets, that we: • Can be free of anger, aggression and urgency. • Can be unattached to and unconcerned about either success or failure. • Discover clarity, energy and resolve. • Experience patience, faith, peace and bliss. As you might be thinking, finding peace in the present isn't always easy. In fact, for many of us (especially if we're high achievers with perfectionistic tendencies), finding peace can be extremely challenging. The good news is a va- riety of lenses are available to help us explore the power of presence. We've talked about several of them — like centering, mindfulness meditation and improvisation — in previous columns. Recognizing Our Wholeness and Inherent Worth One thing we haven't explored in much depth is the idea of wholeness. A recent read of "On the Brink of Everything," by Parker J. Palmer, impressed upon us the fundamental importance of wholeness as a starting point for finding peace in the present. On page after page of his book, Palm- er makes his case for the benefits of recognizing our inherent whole- ness. Wholeness, he says, does not mean perfection, it means em- bracing brokenness as an integral part of life. In his own words: " Being human means being broken and yet whole. The word integrity comes from a root that means 'intact.' At bottom, it has to do with being 'integral,' whole and undivid- ed — which means embracing our brokenness as an integral part of life. Everyone has a shadow, even high-minded people like us. Espe- What does it mean to be fully present, both at work and at home? How does the quality of our presence impact our happiness, our relationships, our resilience and our sense of peace? Leadership GO WITH THE FLOW By Jeff Thoren, DVM, BCC, PCC By Trey Cutler, JD cially high-minded people like us! But when you are able to say, 'I am all of the above, my shadow as well as my light,' the shadow's power is put in service of the good. " There are no shortcuts to wholeness. The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around everything we know ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spite- ful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say to ourselves and to the world at large, 'I am all of the above.' If we can't embrace the whole of who we are — embrace it with transfor- mative love — we'll imprison the creative energies hidden in our own shadows and be unable to engage creatively with the world's complex mix of shadow and light." Wholeness and self-compassion Finding peace in the present means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. This once-broken bowl was repaired using Kintsugi.

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