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A Ritual to Read to Each Other

BY WILLIAM E. STAFFORD
If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
storming out to play through the broken dike.

And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail,
but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

“Coaching now is part of standard leadership
development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers
at IBM, Morotola, JP Morgan, Chase and Hewlett Packard.
These companies are discreetly giving their best prospects what
star athletes have long had: a trusted advisor to help reach their goals.”

CNN.COM

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“Susan Is a dynamic and inspirational speaker with a message for anyone who has struggled with the hectic pace of life today.
Susan was a featured speaker at a recent event for Beta Sigma Phi, an International Women’s Sorority. Her topic, “The Tale of the Sister and the Oxygen Mask” received highly favourable responses from our attendees. For any person, who has ever put their own needs on the back burner on a long term basis – whether it be to focus on their career; or to care for spouses, children or parents, Susan has a vital message. She demonstrates that when we change our focus and take care of our personal needs first – not only are we the winners but also, our careers and our families are the long term beneficiaries. But she does not stop there. Susan goes on to give practical advice on ways to tap into our needs and dreams in order to bring them to life.”

Diane Hawrylenko


“Susan is an inspiring and engaging speaker, creating connections with the audience and keeping everyone entertained and motivated. During her keynote speaker presentation at the Women of Waterloo Region (WOW) recognition event in Spring 2013, Susan spoke to the topic of how to “Pay It Forward. Both humorous and thought-provoking, she captivated an audience of women and men by providing insights and thoughts that all could relate to. Susan offered easy and practical ways everyone can make a small difference, and left the audience feeling energized and excited. I would highly recommend Susan for a speaking engagement, and truly look forward to the next time I will call upon her to WOW the audience.”

Christine Tolton
Head of Marketing, Women of Waterloo Region

“Susan Cranston generously offered her time and expertise to speak to a diverse group of non-profit employees and volunteers. The presentation was wonderful, and I have been hearing positive reviews from participants ever since. Susan commands a room through sincerity and the obvious joy of engaging with others. The content of her presentation was excellent. It was practical, realistic, and individualized, without being simple and obvious. Everybody left with new tools to use. We have already booked Susan for a second talk, and would not hesitate to recommend her as a speaker. Thanks Susan!”

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