Work, pray, love!

healing angels altar eveningAs this year draws to a close, I think about what’s been most important to me. WORK: I’ve had tremendous fulfillment from my work with beCause clients and with executive education participants at IMD, recently in Advanced Strategic Management (ASM) and Strategies for Leadership (SL). PRAY: as I’ve dealt with major family health crises, I’ve come to deeply appreciate the power of intentional, supportive energy friends and family – of every conceivable faith-based tradition – have shared with me. LOVE: is what makes all things worthwhile; the passion that sparks me to keep on keeping on.  Whether we have worked together or shared special (or simple) moments in life, that love is what makes life magic and glorious even during the most challenging times.

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  • Chris Stylianou December 7, 2012, 3:09 pm

    Absolutely Nadine Love is the key to everything . It is the emotional equivalent of oxygen. Without it there is no true life
    Warm Regards

  • Delores Randall December 7, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Nadine this is beautiful. Love never ends! Everything else will end, but faith, hope, and love will never end. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year. <3

    1 Corinthians 13:1-3
    1 I may speak in different languages of people or even angels. But if I do not have love, I am only a noisy bell or a crashing cymbal. 2 I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge, and I may have faith so great I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing. 3 I may give away everything I have, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing if I do not have love.

    1 Corinthians 13:4-7
    4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. 7 Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.

    1 Corinthians 13:8-13
    8 Love never ends. There are gifts of prophecy, but they will be ended. There are gifts of speaking in different languages, but those gifts will stop. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will come to an end. 9 The reason is that our knowledge and our ability to prophesy are not perfect. 10 But when perfection comes, the things that are not perfect will end. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways. 12 It is the same with us. Now we see a dim reflection, as if we were looking into a mirror, but then we shall see clearly. Now I know only a part, but then I will know fully, as God has known me. 13 So these three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.

  • Karin Sebelin December 7, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Hi Nadine,

    that’s what it is about in life .. perfect summary in three words.

    Wonderful inspiration for Xmas and the upcoming calmer days.


    Be blessed

  • Pat Lewis December 7, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Hi Nadine,
    Thank you so much for your post. I agree completely that work, prayer and love are the most important components to our daily lives. Especially, love. It has gotten me through very difficult times this year, including the loss of my mother, and health issues. Had it not been for the love shown to me by friends, co-workers and neighbors, this year would have been very difficult for me! I’m always amazed at what we can accomplish when we open ourselves to receiving love from those around us!

    Have a wonderful holiday season!

  • Alida Brill December 7, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Dear Nadine,
    Thank you for this recent always you inspire not just me, but so many of us. I wish I could see you, perhaps 2013 will bring that desire to fruition.

  • Dr. Sherry Roth December 7, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Work Pray Love! I love you! and the best part is that I know you know that!

  • Rasha December 7, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Nadine, This is just awesome words you have wrote, it touch a lot of us understanding of love, life without love is empty, and love have many faces not only in human. and i agree love is the key to everything.
    Thank you

  • Irene Kimmel December 7, 2012, 10:08 pm

    It is always nice to take a step back and take a deep breath. There is a lot of noise out there and we are all a part of it but I think it is nice when every once in a while we are on the “up stroke” and look over and smile at each other to let them know that we are still here.

    I’m really glad you are in my circle, club, friends, clique…whatever you want to call it but I know who you are. Have a wonderful and fabulous holiday season Nadine.

  • Dubie Bacino December 7, 2012, 10:46 pm

    I am drawing those same conclusions. I’ve learnt that work is very therapeutic but without faith, we are just lost souls. And love may be omnipresent, but is felt only by those who have faith.

    ¡Animo, my friends!

  • Phoebe T. Anderson December 8, 2012, 4:30 am

    Such a tireless woman you are, Nadine! And what an inspiring message to share.

    I continue to monitor all your wondersul activities and achievements and so appreciate your fine example for many, specially to women in leadership.

    You have a great holiday and a promising New Year. All the best….Phoebe

  • Mary Helen Ferris December 8, 2012, 7:04 am


  • Tavi Calvete December 8, 2012, 11:16 am

    Inspiring post. Nadine. I’d just add “and smile always”.

    Wishing a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year for you and your loved ones!

  • Willi Schroll December 8, 2012, 11:45 am

    Nadine Hack, your concentrated post is like a warm shelter against the “bit storm” and attention wars outside in the web. In my (online) network it is so rare to confess faith, actually absent – in the offline network this exists and this makes me think about the different networks. With my best wishes for you!

  • Gloria Feldt December 8, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Nadine, you have written one of the most beautiful, cogent, and meaningful blogposts I have ever read. Best wishes to you in all your good works. I’ll be in touch soon to have that conversation we promised one another. Since I saw you, I have launched something BIG and can’t wait to share it with you. Xox and Happy Hanukkah.

  • Michelle Gilstrap December 8, 2012, 2:16 pm

    Very concise and from your heart in such a beautiful way. Having lost my mother 3 years ago I remember traveling after Christmas to be with her and knowing it was my last time. You understand that love is what binds us through the years of work and experience.
    My mother was always praying for us and the she died on a Saturday in January just shy of her 90 birthday. The priest told us that was a special day because it was very special to Mary the mother of Jesus who my mother prayed to much of her life.

    My best intentions for you this time of year and into the next as you continue to do amazing work around the globe. You inspire so many of us.

  • Andrea December 8, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Dear Nadine,

    I believe you either discovered the secret to 36hours/day (pleeeease let me know the secret, it’s been a while I’m trying to find it!) OR you are a superwoman, Or both!

    I’ll keep an eye on your blog, thanks so much for sharing it with me.

    Until I see you again, WORK, PRAY, LOVE and please continue sharing your love with us. I am so grateful for all the inspirational women around me!!

  • Jan Gordon December 8, 2012, 5:25 pm

    You are truly an inspiration to me and so many hearts you continue to touch by your amazing work and who you are as a human being. Your message in this beautiful post is more important today than every before. We’re living in turbulent times, the love and support we give each other can move mountains in every area of our lives..
    Social media has given us the tools to reach out and find other people of like minds who are working to shape the future in extraordinary ways. I feel blessed to know you and have you as a friend. Looking forward to future conversations both personally and professionally.
    Thank you Nadine for sharing your heart here and for really making a difference in my life and that of others.
    Happy holiday to you and your family from my heart to yours.
    Let’s talk soon.

  • J Lade Heaton December 8, 2012, 5:51 pm


    Love & best wishes to you and your family for the coming year



  • Janine James December 8, 2012, 6:39 pm


    I am always happy to get you emails and linked in posts.
    However, I realize I never let you know that. When I think of working with you
    To bring because to life I would never have imagined where it was
    Going to take you. I knew it would be something great and it has been.
    I could not agree with you more work,pray,love have also served me well.
    It was amazing the fond memories and love that came pouring in when I read
    your blog post. It made me realize when you share something so
    Inspiring with someone, like we did when we worked together,
    that passion remains a permanent part of the DNA of our creative
    Journey through life. I wish you the happiest of Holidays and
    A loving inspiring transformative New Year.
    Sending Love and Light your way,

  • Kathleen Gick December 8, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Work, pray, love are the keys to fulfillment. I am glad to hear that you take great pleasure from the work that you do. It is so fundamental to have belief in the energies and life forces that support us on our journey. We just need to remember that they are always there for us if we call on them. Our love for life and for each other is essential to our survival. Loved hearing about your year! All the best things to you in the coming year and always.

    With gratitude,


  • Elsie Maio December 8, 2012, 7:08 pm

    Dear Nadine, you so elegantly embody the impact of feminine leadership. Ease, grace and laser focus on purpose. I am so happy to have discovered your work and your authentic, heart centered self expression in this blog. Blessings and gratitude, Elsie.

  • Peter Cook - The Rock'n'Roll Business Blogger December 8, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Work, Pray, Love – a great trio !


  • Robin Foster December 8, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Hi Nadine!
    I agree. Work, Pray, Love are three of the top governing principles. As we move into 2013, they will continue to be foremost in my mind. Blessing to you for your example!


  • Jim December 8, 2012, 10:13 pm

    Love is all there is. Without love even music sounds like tin lids. Love is what makes everything else worthwhile. May you life be full of it.

  • Alice December 8, 2012, 11:59 pm


    Beautifully stated. Love’s passion and prayer will strengthen us for whatever challenge comes our way! Wishing you the blessings of peace, love and happiness throughout the holiday season and beyond.

  • Keith D. Patch December 9, 2012, 12:22 am


    Very time-appropriate post. Thanks!


  • Robert Kesten December 9, 2012, 1:57 am

    The trying times do indeed make us realize what is important. It is inspiring to know who stands with you in your time of need; often those you never thought would be there for you. What I have discovered and rediscovered is that you never stop being surprised by love…it forever opens a window on to the best things in life, provides you with an opportunity to experience things more fully, including pain…and gives you the strength to heal, even when there is a place in your heart that can never be filled. I only wish the joy many feel at this time of year was the norm and the openness and giving people do at the close of the year was the way we lived our lives…I know you do…and it remains an inspiration to all who have and will comment here. Love to you and Jerry

  • Christophe December 9, 2012, 9:05 am

    I feel the contagious positive energy of your torrent life and I thank you for that. Would you share its origin, its philosophy and its ultimate intent ? All the best to all !

  • Pritam December 9, 2012, 10:11 am

    Love it and I ‘m fond of your kind words. That’s really awesome, it’s like having having deep breath !

    God bless us and Wish you very very great time ahead all of you ahead this festive season.

  • Markku Tauriainen December 9, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Nadine´s message is testifying the most centric, myorigo of the humans life. Miyamoto Musashi 1584 – June 13, 1645) reached his most best strategies, the enlightened path at the age of 50. He wrote The Book of Five Rings – Go Rin No Sho – inwhich he testifies etc: 1) work real hard and hard work 2) do art 3) think honestly 4) don´t do anything which do not matter 5) know your path.
    Nadine is absolutely right, when encouraging us to pray, love and work – to find real meaning and importance in life (soon as possible). Steve Jobs sayed that the life is too short to live with other peoples dreams – find your own and start making it. If you don´t pray, you don´t find your ´pervus´ (a antique Greek word which leave as a peanut for your all). God speed to all of us =)

  • Catherine DeVrye December 9, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Love your work and loved meeting you & Jerry!

  • Maurice Stewart December 9, 2012, 1:25 pm

    It is such a breath of fresh air to have been reading your blog and having the priviledge and honor of being one of your linkedin connections Nadia! you have inspired me greatly!

    Thank you for the season’s wishes. i wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season as well and look forward to our continued connection in 2013! All the best in this upcoming new year!

  • Scott Bergman December 9, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Great post Nadine! Loved it! Hope you have a very happy holiday season!

  • Tugba Gunn Sen December 9, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Thank you Nadine for reminding us about the importance of those three. I cannot agree more and it is so beautifully written. Whilst I feel a sense of fullfillment and accomplishment from the things I do in my professional life, my efforts, progress and motivation at work is indeed supported by caring and loving family. Not least, praying helps us to appreciate the things that we have been given.

  • Iftikhar M.Mohsini December 9, 2012, 3:56 pm

    “The most complete gift of GOD is a life based on Knowledge”.

    I remember at the early days of our communication, I suggest rather request you to write your memoirs, Who Inspire you and whom you inspired, Movements of joy and satisfaction and hard & bitter truth of life. I wish and look forward to see it in the form of a Book.

    I’m concern about your well-being and pray for you to have a long life.

    God Bless You.

  • Michele Wucker December 9, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Nadine, Thank you so much for this. My favorite part of this time of the year is reflecting back and reconnecting with far-flung friends, especially when the message is this moving and important.

  • Doug Morrison December 9, 2012, 6:13 pm

    Well said, Nadine. Love conquors all.
    Season’s greetings to you and all your followers.
    Kindest regards, Doug

  • Jose Marquez Martinez December 9, 2012, 8:42 pm

    Absolutely, if we act with LOVE and believe on what we do Work and LIFE will just be fun! Have a great Xmas season Nadine!

  • Jonathan Slevin December 9, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Thanks for your inspiring year end message — and you slight modification — though I myself like to eat, also! Love and forgiveness — with a heavy dash of work, and life as prayer. Mix it up and it makes for a delicious 2013. Have a great new year.


  • Kem Taylor December 10, 2012, 12:37 am

    Thank you as always for your inspiration Nadine. Warm wishes to you and your family. Kem Taylor

  • Brigitte Klawonn December 10, 2012, 1:41 am

    Love, Faith and Work – we have come to see all these three as sepatae areas of life, and yet they belong together: for work to be fulfilling, you need to love what you do, and love the people your work with. And if you have no faith in the value of the work you do, you might as well quit doing it. Love without faith – is it even love? And love that doesn’t get your hands, your feet and your mind moving – is i even love?

    These three powerful energies need each other to reach their potential, and if all of them come together, something magical can happen.

    I wish you and your family a magical time during these holidays, Nadine!


  • Carol Jenkins December 10, 2012, 2:51 am

    As always, embracing the world wisely and lovingly. So happy to be in your universe, and proud of your work and life!

  • Ellen J. Harris December 10, 2012, 6:18 am

    What better time of year to share the importance of what matters most in our world and in our lives.

    This is where business profits serve to strengthen our giving to those in need of food, shelter and the warmth of love, affection and pray through our work.

    Many thanks, Nadine, for your sharing.

  • Stephanie Moles-Rota December 10, 2012, 10:58 am

    Like in the book “Eat, Pray, Love”, I met Nadine recently and it was faith sending her my way. A breath of fresh air, a true inspiration, a very special woman who helped me found a new path in life. Thank you Nadine for your kind words! I wish you and your love ones, a delicious, enlightened and loving Xmas and wonderful New Year.

  • Marita Roebkes December 10, 2012, 1:04 pm


    “You deserve something beautiful”


  • Angela Shaw December 10, 2012, 5:12 pm

    “In order to pacify the world, The sage first pacifies his nation.
    In order to pacify the nation, The sage first pacifies his family.
    In order to pacify his family, The sage first cultivates his character.
    In order to cultivate his character, The sage first regulates his mind.
    In order to regulate his mind, He must first purify his heart.” – Confucius

    Many blessings in this holiday season and New Year and always…

  • Rami Kantari December 10, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Happy Holidays Nadine, may this holiday season bring you all the love and happiness in the world. Excellent blog.

  • Brian Guest December 10, 2012, 8:49 pm


    Thank you for inspiring. Your timing is excellent as you share these messages. I am so happy we have networked and connected and I look forward to so much more.

    Have a very Happy Holiday and New Year,
    Brian Guest

  • Saskia Wijngaard December 11, 2012, 12:18 am

    Luckily Loving, Working and Praying are verbs and therefore actions that you make a choice to do.
    Commitment, loyalty, and perseverance are key when making those choice.

  • Dalal Akoury December 11, 2012, 12:58 am

    Hi Nadine,

    Thank you for your thoughtful sharing, my only addition is that I have reversed my Pyramid and Since then I became much happier, I begin with love, Prayers and than work and this is enough to heal me from the inside out every time,

    Happy Holiday Season to you and to all who you love and Pray for,
    Stay Well,
    Dalal Akoury MD

  • Lelei December 11, 2012, 5:44 am

    You have a knack for getting the right priorities right.

  • Sharon Love December 14, 2012, 5:40 pm

    Hard to disagree with that lovely summation of what matters! I am so grateful for our friendship and hope that 2013 means more time spent together. You & Jerry are in my most positive thoughts and strongest prayers.

    Much love for the holidays,

  • Anneliza Humlen December 19, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Hi Nadine,
    Such a great way to wrap up the year and to encourage reflection on what truly matters. Your dedication to stewarding positive change and your passionate pursuit of social progress is an inspiration to us all. Passionate emotions (whether positive or negative) are indeed infectious. And it is for this reason I thank you for exposing us and the leaders that you work with, to meaningful and actionable ideals and positive change. I look forward to following your continued success in 2013 and the years to come. Happy holidays!

    kind regards,
    Anneliza Humlen

  • Maureen Greenwood-Basken December 30, 2012, 2:25 am

    Nadine- Great post and upbeat. Wishing you a terrific 2013. Warm regards, Maureen

  • Kenneth December 30, 2012, 8:35 am

    Dear Nadine,
    Of all the words mentioned, the key is love. With love as your guide, the rest (be)comes naturally.
    Kind regards

  • Valerie Keller January 1, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Many thanks for sharing your journey so beautifully, Nadine. Wishing you a deeply fulfilling new year of life.
    Much love,

  • kay koplovitz January 5, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Nadine. Your year end blog is so on target. A fulfilling life has all of these components: work, pray, love. They all fulfill us in complimentary ways. Having lived through more than one health challenge where I attribute much of my survival to modern medicine and unconditional love, I think they both have enormous influence on the outcomes. Fulfilling work , that which we enjoy, also feeds our well being and soothes our souls.

  • Elizabeth Debold January 23, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Thanks for this, Nadine! Work, pray, love captures it all. I wish you all the best in 2013. I am in Frankfurt trying to get a real jump start on a book… Let me know if you ever come near here.


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