Medium Short: Peak Week

When imploding in a race was the perfect pre-workshop lesson

B. Lorraine Smith
5 min readApr 28


My watch recorded my pace during last Saturday’s half marathon, and the data indicates where I got into trouble. I got back on track and (re)remembered the important lesson of breathing.

Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I’m up to along the unmarked trail towards #IndustrialHealing. This is a personal update — my (debatably) more professional writing is freely available through this link.

I promised myself if I made it to today I could have the day off — this was Peak Week. A rest is now due. So I’m actually writing this yesterday. If that makes no sense, it perhaps underscores my need of a day off.

This past week I delivered Matereality: Why, What & How workshops to three groups, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Folks gathered virtually from around the world — Belgium, Brazil, and points in between, and from around the economic landscape — impact investors, psychotherapists, and people in between.

I did what I set out to do after about 18 months of tinkering in my virtual garage and I feel good about it. My inner critic can definitely chronicle 18,978 things I didn’t do as well as I could have. But I’ve ask her to kindly hold her fire while I notice the two or three things that did go well.

For instance, I will give myself credit for applying decades of expertise to the inventing of a methodology to assess how industry is (or isn’t) serving life. I call this Matereality, and I trialed it on five different global companies — voluntarily. I made the tool and assessments open source and free. I then designed and led hands-on sessions to walk anyone interested through the details.

With that done, before critiquing my way into the next round of industrial healing adventures, I’m giving myself a moment to process where I’ve been, to breathe, and relax into the journey ahead.

Running is like Reading, Writing, and Doing — only different

And speaking of breathing, I’ll break from the usual three-part Short structure in the spirit of this relaxing day off, to share something I learned about breathing. So instead of recounting what I read, wrote, and did this past week (since it can be summarized as: I delivered three workshops on Matereality which took a lot of reading, writing, and doing) I will instead…



B. Lorraine Smith

Recovering ESG "expert"; yarn spinner; distance runner; magical realist. Sensing a path to an economy serving life. also at