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The Magic Words…

The Magic Words…

By on Jul 15, 2013 in Change, Choice | 0 comments

I worked for a man who used to say to me, “Now we will know how good you really are” whenever I was faced with a challenge. 2012 was a challenging year, and in many ways I am still reeling from that change. Few things bear any resemblance to this time last year. Yet in the furnace of change is where iron becomes strong and glass becomes a thing of beauty. Pushed to my limits, I am learning to go where I only dreamed and that there are another two magic words besides please and thank you. They are “yes” and “no.” Almost like teaching your children not to share…that’s a whole other story, and the use of them as an adult moving through significant change on a journey toward big goals, is somewhat counter intuitive. The greatest impact of these words is not achieved when I say them to others, but when I use them for myself. As much as I have worked on boundaries…read all the books (and Cloud and Townsend have a whole series now,) life in 2013 is a PhD course. As I learn to more judiciously apply these words, the path becomes clearer – more focused – less crowded by distractions. It also allows me to walk in grace for myself, giving to myself more generously of what I may have often reserved more for others. “Yes”, may mean resting when I am tired, while a “no” could be to something good. I can actually have too much of a good thing for my own best interests. Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Reflecting on the “Why”.

Reflecting on the “Why”.

By on Mar 9, 2011 in About Fear, Change | 0 comments

In our daily journey it is so easy to get caught up in the “all” of what we must do. We hide in the busyness of our routines, the desires of our hearts, only to have them surface at odd moments as unrecognized sadness. It is spring time in Florida. From the balmy breeze, the blue skies, the budding greenery and oh yes the traffic. It is a time of growth, a time of renewal and refreshing. It is a time to open the windows and let the fresh air fill the house, before it again gets hot. It is a great time to look at the activities of life, the busyness that fills your day and ask “Why?” If the answers make sense…Great! If not, here is a quote from Marianne Williamson that I enjoy. Our Deepest Fear  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3]) Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Life is a journey…What have you learned along the way?

Life is a journey…What have you learned along the way?

By on Aug 30, 2010 in Change | 0 comments

Life is a journey…What have you learned along the way? Some of my personal observations. My life changes when I do, and if I don’t change…Life doesn’t change. If I want better answers, I need to ask better questions…Learning to ask great questions is a skill worth working on! If I don’t apply structure to my time, someone or something else will! Especially if you are a person who gets things done…you will never run out of meetings to go to. I need to Focus on the big picture, then fine tune the details. And check back with the big picture…understanding strategy and tactics will keep me moving forward without getting bogged down. The only investment I can control is my own personal interest rate. How valuable am I? What kind of problems do I solve? What am I doing daily to become more valuable to myself and others? I will never be successful at owning what is not my responsibility to own.  The line between help and support and reinforcing negative tendencies is very narrow. I can not control or change anyone.  I can only choose how I respond to situations and circumstances. What someone does with my response is their choice. Just because I can…doesn’t mean I should. Learning to say no may be more important than YES. If not me, then who?  I am a part of a community that grows and thrives based on the contributions or lack of contributions from its members. Everyone has something to contribute. Intelligence is not determined by your IQ and neither is personal value. It is worth the investment of time to discover those contributions and draw them out so that they can flourish. I have an inherent responsibility to become my best; to faithfully steward the potential I have been given and encourage others in the same. As I consider the list of things I have learned on this journey called my life…the list continues to grow. I am also reminded of those who have shared a part of this journey to date and am thankful for their contributions to whom I am and who I am becoming. What have you learned? Have you thought about it lately?...

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Document the Journey…

By on Sep 8, 2009 in Change | 0 comments

I am a note taker. I make lists for myself and am forever writing things down when others speak. It helps me remember what was said and whatever I had wanted to do. I was trained up that a short pencil is better than a long memory. So over the years some of these notes have found there way into various notebook collections of like subjects. However some have wound up in the garbage have become wrinkled or dotted with coffee. Others were written on the scraps of whatever was available and needed to be recopied or were deemed un-notebook worthy.   Then a number of years ago, I received a journal for my birthday. I will admit, I initially thought of journaling as somewhat of a diary thing…and I had never been too good at that.   So I tried something different. I began by using this great looking journal for notes: from church, from meetings, from books I was reading, and then putting in writing the thoughts that came from all the things I was taking in. I put these things ALL in the same book. Although I didn’t notice this initially, as the first book filled and I prepared for the second, I saw a snapshot of who I was and who I was becoming in front of me. My journals became a place to document the impacts of life. I could celebrate victories and unravel defeats. And on a daily basis was and still am confronted by weakness and areas where I need to grow.   In creating an action plan, I will ask clients, “If you could do one thing that would have the most impact on your life, one thing that would help you move toward that person you want to be, and one thing you could start NOW…”   My answer is, “Begin to document your journey!” Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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The Price of Truth?

By on Sep 3, 2009 in Choice | 0 comments

Several years ago I read a proverb, “Buy the truth, and sell it not.” And I thought about my journey pursuing truth. I thought of the time, the money, the effort, and the tears that had accompanied my pursuit of truth for my life. And I pondered…what is “that” worth to me? Is there a price I can place on that truth? Is there something I value so highly that I would sell the truth that I had worked to attain?  As we look back at history we see examples of men, women, societies that sold their truths. We make statements that we would never give up our fellow man to a gas chamber because of their race or religion. It is easy to say, but in this time of economic upheaval have you considered the price you place on your truth? Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Business is transforming!

By on Aug 24, 2009 in Change | 0 comments

Business has become an incredible evolution! Things are not nearly what they seem and are nothing like they were, even a year ago. How do you keep up? How do you implement change? These questions and more need to be asked, answered, and understood, faster than ever before. Join us on our journey! Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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