Tuesday Morning Message 9.11.2018: "Mindfulness."

Posted 2018-09-11 12:35pm

“Wherever you go, there you are.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

Learn how to dance with the unknown.”  - Jonathan Fields, Uncertainty

17 years ago today, on 9/11, at 8:46 a.m., our world changed in an instant. It was one of the saddest, darkest days in history.

There are countless lessons to be learned from this horrific day. One of them is to live in the present. Every day, we are reminded that we live in a uncertain world with an uncertain future.


We teach our law students that often there are no clear answers and they must make decisions with less than certain information. We teach them how to be resilient, thoughtful, and focused problem-solvers when there is less than a clear path to solutions and success.

Last week, as part of our new Leader Conversations series in which we bring in leaders for conversations about leadership, Dr. Jannell MacAuley spoke to our students, staff, faculty, and alumni about mindfulness. Dr. Jannell MacAuley: Capturing a High Performance Mindset.

Dr. MacAulay was a fighter pilot and Lieutenant Colonel who spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force where she commanded the 40-member joint 305th Operations Support Squadron, and served as Director of Human Performance and Leadership for the 58th Special Operations Wing.

She explained that mindfulness is learning to live in the moment, to slow down, to focus, to listen, to pay attention, and to forgive ourselves when we don’t. Instead of living our life in “rewind” or “fast forward,” mindfulness is about living our life in “play.” “Mindfulness is your oxygen mask,” she said. “Try it on.”

None of us knows what will happen tomorrow. Live in the moment, value every second, every breath, every relationship, every opportunity to live, learn, love, and give back.

Take a minute today to be mindful about that.

Have a great day…Have a great week.

My best,


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