As many of you know, I often look at life through the Barrett power lens.  And, of course that lens sees power as our human capacity to participate knowingly in change.

Well, recently I went to a workshop in Manhattan for a small group of writers.  We get together a couple of times a year.  One of the group members brought her homemade oatmeal raisin cookies.  After the workshop leader (Linda Leedy Schneider from Grand Rapids, MI—an award winning poet) offered each of us a cookie, she asked us to spend the next few minutes writing something about cookies—anything that came to mind about cookies—not the kind found on the computer, but the edible variety.

Here’s what came through my power lens.  Cookies—crispy, crunchy, chewy oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip or macadamia nut, or smores—um, um, good!  Cookies, fifty shades of cookies—are one of my many food friends that like my other food friends can turn into enemies.  Hey, be honest! It’s not the cookies that can shift from friend to foe—it’s me.  Of course, I can “just say no” to one too many, but only if I choose to use my power.

Some of you know that I say there are two types of power.  I call them  power-as-freedom and power-as-control and both types exist not just “out there” in the world, but “in here” in our own private world, as our constant companions.  I can choose to use my power-as-freedom and have one or two cookies or I can let my power-as-control take over.  It’s all about how I choose to use my power—the capacity to participate knowingly in change.  If you want to learn more about the Barrett Power Theory, for starters, watch the video on my homepage at  In the meantime, thanks for being in touch!