Beauty and a Pandemic

Beauty and a Pandemic

by Michael Feeley October 22, 2020


“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  – Poet – Mary Oliver.

I’m watching purple and white orchids thriving in a planter in my front yard. More blossoms than I’ve ever seen from them before. Held in place by stones. Their roots clinging and growing on rocks. Freely adapting, connecting and blooming away.

I have such deep wonder and gratitude seeing this happen. Something beautiful and alive in the midst of a pandemic.

How do I make sense of these two things?

  • By seeing myself in relation to other people and things
  • Feeling connected with Zoom video calls
  • Answering emails
  • Learning new things taking online workshops and seminars
  • Writing and publishing every day here on my website and also LinkedIn
  • Focusing on the beauty of the world

Saba is an astonishingly beautiful Caribbean island that I live on with good people. We’re like the orchids – thriving even while our borders are closed and people, who are allowed to visit, must quarantine for two weeks. We’re being careful by choice.

I’m gathering strength. Feeling joy and gratitude to be alive with awareness of what’s frightening and also beautiful
in a pot of blooming orchids. It’s realistic and hopeful. This is life and I’m telling about it.

How are you gathering strength and what beauty do you see?


Thanks – Michael

Please share this with your tribes and let’s keep being strong and beautiful.
I think you’ll also like this – Wake-Up Gratitude.


Michael has twenty years experience matching people with positions that allows them to reach their potential. Having worked with corporate decision makers, Michael has expertise in understanding organizational needs in multiple industries. He understands, experientially and intuitively, what gets people hired and what doesn’t. With a big heart and intellect to match, Michael Feeley is an authority on bringing the best out of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs… he has such amazing energy, not to mention a terrific business background.

Libby Gill

Business Coach, Brand Strategist & Best Selling Author

…as a trainer I watched Michael Feeley become a masterful coach, being adept at many coaching skills… he is supportive, motivational, action-oriented, open minded, authentic, confident and compassionate… such a delight to work with… fun, high-energy, intuitive, spontaneous!… I have observed him to be very inspirational, empowering, and encouraging clients to go to greater depths in their lives. He is a true ambassador of the profession… Michael has heart and soul along with the ability to deliver!

Deborah Van de Grift – CPC, ELI-MP, PCC

Vice President iPEC – Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

You, my friend, are the Real Deal.

Matthew Carey

Host of Studio Time Podcast


Michael Feeley walks the walk and talks the talk. He is honest, authentic and incredibly generous in spirit. Michael’s deep commitment to service means his clients get his full attention and will benefit from his coaching skills, experience and wisdom.

Kathy Karn

Psychotherapist, Photographer and Storyteller /

London ON Canada

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