Hello, I just returned from the Values Aligned Leadership Summit 2014 in Denver and the words of Richard Hall, author of The Land of Strangers, are still ringing in my ears… “Broken relationships are breaking us as a country.” He describes relationships as both the WD40 and the superglue of a society – providing both support and accountability, and his research showed that our flight from relationships is becoming epidemic and, he believes, is the greatest risk to the American Dream. With these thoughts echoing in my brain, I have been giving a good deal of consideration to the ways I have isolated myself and have contributed to this deterioration to community in our culture. Today I met a very old friend for lunch – we hadn’t seen each other in a couple of years and had a lot of catching up to do. Our lunch turned into a three hour visit and a renewed commitment to care for and hold each other accountable during some life changes. I certainly had a long list of things “to do” on this Sunday afternoon, but was anything more important or more life-sustaining than that simple re-connection with a dear friend? Brene Brown, speaker and author of the book The gifts of imperfection., is an “expert” in vulnerability, authenticity, courage and shame and is known for challenging her readers to break down barriers to relationships. Recently, she shared this quote on Facebook, “If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.” I’m letting those words sink in… what about you??