Helping Hands


helping hands

I had the wonderful opportunity this week to gather with friends, not once, or even twice, but three times! I have a commitment to gather with friends at least once a week. I was cashing in on a week missed and making up for a week I’ll miss while out of town soon.

I am so blessed by the friends in my life. I’ve never lived anywhere as long as I’ve lived in Iowa (I grew up in the Navy) – and I love, love, love the community that I’ve built. Many years ago I was invited to claim an aspiration – mine was to have an awesome collection of inspiring friends. Well, whew! Did the universe deliver! (A part of me knows that I, too, made this a reality – first by claiming in, and then continually leaning into it, choice after choice, my intention for connection always clearly in front of me.)

Thanks this week to Demet, Idil and Lati for a lovely patio lunch of catching up, to Blair, Ginny, Kate and Lori for a heart-full evening of laughter and fun, and to Diane for another opportunity to connect heart-to-heart.

All of these amazing women have touched my life in their own unique way. As I thought about how they have given to me and me to them, I thought of this little poem I wrote many years ago.

Asking for Help

By Vicki L. Flaherty

There was someone to catch me
A friend to keep me from falling
Offering his hand
That we might take this journey
Strong and protected side by side

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About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

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