Subject: Tip Eight: Trust Your Inkles
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Issue #71


1. Welcome Notes
2. Tip Eight: Trust Your Inkles
3. Coaching: Color Outside the Lines
5. Celebrating Out Loud
6. Reading for the Journey: Wisdom of the Ages
7. Resources for the Journey: and Resources
for Financial $uccess
8. Humor, Sort Of: U-Ville: A Doctor Seuss Sort of View

1. Welcome Notes

I have always loved the wisdom of Dr. Seuss. His stories, written
at first glance, for children, contain deep and quiet insights.
When U-Ville appeared in my Inbox yesterday, I knew I wanted
to share it. I hope it warms your heart as it did mine.

We are in the heart of leaf season here in the Rockies. The
glorious golds of the aspens sing in bright sections among the
chorus of the red scrub oak. The temperature drops to the high
30’s at night and warms to the high 70’s during the day in near
cloudless skies.

I so welcome the beauty that Nature presents to us in the midst
of all the tragedy and uncertainty that swirls around our world.
Don’t forget to take time each day to celebrate the gifts of your
journey. They are always there, if sometimes somewhat veiled
by the harshness of the news. It is vital to our wellbeing, to
consciously remind ourselves of the blessings of our lives. This
week, more than ever before, celebrate the journey of your life.

There is a spacing problem in this issue of CTJ that I have spent
several hours attempting to correct, without success. The
lateness of the arrival of this issue is a true example of how
perfectionism can eat into the gift of time. For an unwillingness
to accept a few extra, ill-placed blank lines, I have given away a
good bit of my day. There’s a lesson in there somewhere!

If you missed the CTJ which gave the Top Ten Tips for
Having the Life You REALLY Want which is the
foundation for this issue and the next two, you can find
it on my website at

For a formatted, color, hard copy version of the Top Ten
Tips e-mail your snail mail address (where you get your
regular mail) to

2. Trust Your Inkles*

Okay, I can hear your questions from here! What the heck is an

An Inkle is that little nudge that comes from inside us. It is a
sense of truth not yet validated by other sources. It may be a
thought that keeps running through your brain, words that you
hear in your mind, or a little grab in the pit of your stomach. It’s

what your body, heart or mind senses, even before it becomes
known intuitively or instinctually. It has no validation in the
physical universe, not even an explanation.

Inkles can be very subtle and often are contrary to what seems
true, right, factual, common sensical or proven. Rarely do they
seem logical. Always they are wise. Dreams are fueled by Inkles.

In this modern, technologically advanced world in which we
live, where computers connect us with more information than
we ever dreamed of having and more than we can assimilate,
the art of Inkling is being lost. When faced with a decision to
make, too often we do more research, get more information,
find more evidence instead of listening to what our Inkles are

When we act only when there is evidence to support our
actions, we miss out on many opportunities that come uniquely
from trusting ourselves, from trusting those Inkles that are such
a wealth of wisdom. The possibilities of our lives often move
through quickly, and if we ignore the “Yes!” in our hearts and
wait for more information or better logical explanations, we risk
losing those opportunities.

I am not advocating that we ignore all the information the
Universe gives us. Information and knowledge and evidence are
important tools in creating goals and taking the steps to reach
them. Without them we’d be floundering around reinventing
the silicon chip and even the wheel. They will help us to
achieve a good quality life. Yet they come from outside

And to create the life we REALLY want, we need to go inside, to
trust those little voices and nudges and somethings that our
bodies and hearts and minds offer us.

Information and evidence and knowledge are necessary for us to
navigate this road called life with some level of
accomplishment. It is our Inkles, however, that lead us to
discovery and dreams and success in all areas of our lives.

Information gives us durable boots to wear as we trudge through
the forest of our lives. Inkles give us the wings to see over the
tops of the trees to all the possibilities that are invisible from
“ground level”. Together they can take us to unimagined places.

*The word “Inkle” was first coined by Thomas Leonard, founder
of Coach University. He is a wise man who lives his life
according to his “Inkles” as well as his knowledge.

3. Coaching: Color Outside the Lines

Many of us have been told, often quite early in our lives, that
our Inkles are not trustworthy. That they are wrong, flighty,
impossible, illogical, without merit, even stupid. We’re taught
to stay inside the lines and color the grass green and the sky blue,

even when we envision purple grass and a rainbow sky.

Following the rules and staying inside the lines produces a
lovely, tidy picture. Letting our hearts guide the crayons creates
an image that may be a bit messy. It’s also likely to be vibrant and

exciting and bright and adventurous and fun. And somewhat

How do we learn to listen to our Inkles? Start by coloring outside
the lines. Literally.

Buy yourself a coloring book and some crayons or markers and
go for it! Experiment. Do one picture “by the rules”: stay inside
the lines and use “appropriate” colors.

Then let your Inkles create a picture: choose colors with your
eyes closed; draw by feel rather than sight; expand your vision
beyond the lines; color with your non-dominant hand; color
with your toes! You get the idea. Pay attention to what you’re
drawn to do and do it. Don’t like what you see? Start a new one.
Even when our Inkles are off-base, we expand our limits every
time we listen to them. Note: this exercise requires not thinking!

The need for “tidiness” in our lives can be so ingrained that it is
extremely uncomfortable to break the “rules of coloring.”
Listening to our Inkles when they seem contrary to what the
evidence says is the “right” thing to do, can feel risky, even
dangerous. Like anything else, it takes practice. And courage.

We don’t have to start with orange-polka-dotted, purple grass
that grows out of the side of the house. We can start with blue-
green grass that extends only a bit up the side of the tree. The
important thing is to begin: begin to listen to what color your
insides want to paint the grass. In what direction do your Inkles
want you to go?

What Inkle have you been ignoring lately? Take a risk: listen to
that nudge, that little voice, that small grab. And follow it. Your
life will become brighter and richer with new levels of success
and fulfillment.


Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.
The Land Before Time

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or
what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t
know how or why.
Albert Einstein

Sometimes on the way to our dreams,
We get lost and find an even better one!

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the

wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be
wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself
Alan Alda

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

It is a time when the celebration of what really matters to us
NOW, is vital to our healing and to our each doing our part for

Terri Cheney celebrates with us once again this week. “My block
on writing my first book has finally broken. I have currently
40,000 words to my credit, and I feel the book pulling together
every day as I write. Celebrate with me this first draft of a long
held dream.” As a writer, I understand the hugeness of this shift
for Terri. Please celebrate with her, as I do, at

6. Reading for the Journey

Wisdom of the Ages: A Modern Master Brings Eternal Truths
into Everyday Life by Wayne W. Dyer

In this book Dr. Dyer poses the question, “What do our ancestral
scholars, whom we consider the wisest and most spiritually
advanced, have to say to us today?”

He provides answers in 60 essays based on a single quote from
each of 60 of our ancestral masters. Dyer brings the wisdom of
these teachers to life in present times through his own
interpretation and wisdom, creating 60 lovely, thought-
provoking essays on such topics as Nonviolence, Passion,
Solitude, Work, Patience, Prayer and Triumph.

Dyer writes to his readers, “I encourage you to make this book a
two-month renovation project of your soul in which you read
only one selection each day and then make a conscious effort to
apply the suggestions that day.”

In this time of sadness, challenges, and the victory of spirit over
terrorism, the wisdom brought from the past into the present by
Dr. Dyer’s writing becomes even more important. This is a book
which will bring a stronger, swifter beat to the rhythm of your
life. Sample it’s wisdom at

7. Resources for the Journey: and Resources
for Financial $uccess

In this challenging time, we truly are all coaches for someone. continues to be the best resource out there for
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to grow ourselves as people and as coaches. I simply cannot
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and join the more than 5,000 people who are growing their lives

Here is my original recommendation:

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CoachVille offers a large and ever-growing supply of
resources for developing ourselves as a coach and as a

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This is the best personal development deal I know. AND a
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Resources for Your Financial $uccess,
by my friend, Philip E. Humbert, PhD

Do you worry about money or your financial future? Are
you making more, and saving less? Do you owe money on
credit cards? Do you need a better retirement plan or are
you confused about stocks and investing? Most Americans
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8. Humor, Sort Of: U-Ville: A Doctor Seuss Sort of View

Every U down in U-Ville liked U.S. a lot
But the Binch, who lived Far East of U-Ville, did not.
The Binch hated U.S.!
The whole U.S. way!
Now don’t ask me why, for nobody can say.
It could be his turban was screwed on too tight.
Or the sun from the desert had beaten too bright.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Whatever the reason, his heart or his turban,
He stood facing U-Ville, the part that was urban.
“They’re doing their business,” he snarled from his perch.
“They’re raising their families!
“They’re going to church!
“They’re leading the world, and their Empire is Thriving,
“I MUST keep the S’s and U’s from surviving!”

Tomorrow, he knew, all the U’s and the S’s,
Would put on their pants and their shirts and their dresses.
They’d go to their offices, playgrounds and schools,
And abide by their U and S values and rules,
And then they’d do something he liked least of all
Every U down in U-Ville, the tall and the small,
Would stand all united, each U and each S,
And they’d sing U-Ville’s anthem, “God bless us! God bless!”
All around their Twin Towers of U-Ville, they’d stand,
and their voices would drown every sound in the land.

“I must stop that singing,” Binch said with a smirk
And he had an idea–an idea that might work!
Binch stole some U airplanes in the U morning hours,
And crashed them right into the U-Ville Twin Towers.
“They’ll wake to disaster!” he snickered, so sour
“And how can they sing when they can’t find a Tower?”

The Binch cocked his ear as they woke from their sleeping
All set to enjoy their U-wailing and weeping,
Instead he heard something that started quite low
And it built up quite slow, and it started to grow–
And the Binch heard the most unpredictable thing…
And he couldn’t believe it– they started to sing!

He stared down at U-Ville, not trusting his eyes,
What he saw was a shocking, disgusting surprise!
Every U down in U-Ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any Towers at all!
He HADN’T stopped U-Ville from singing! It Sung!
For down deep in the hearts of the old and the young,
Those Twin Towers were standing, called Hope and called Pride,
And you can’t smash the Towers we hold deep down inside.

So we circle the sites where our Heroes did fall,
With a hand in each hand of the tall and the small,
And we mourn for our losses while knowing we’ll cope,
For we still have inside that U-Pride and U-Hope.

For America means a bit more than tall towers,
It means more than wealth or political powers,
It’s more than our enemies ever could guess,
So may God bless America!
Bless us! God bless!

Author Unknown

Give yourself the gift of coloring outside the lines this week.

Namaste, Margo

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