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Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 – The Year of Change

Bette Davis said it best in the classic movie, “All About Eve”, when she turned to her guests and said, “Fasten your seatbelt. It’s going to be a bumpy night”.  However in this case it would be a bumpy year because that’s what 2012 is all about.

Don’t fret just because the Mayan calendar is ending. According to Numerology, 2012 indicates that this is the year of change but that doesn’t mean dome and gloom.  Change is a matter of perspective.  Getting married, moving, having a child or starting a new job all involve change but it’s typically viewed with excitement and anticipation, 2012 isn’t any different.

The science of Numerology tells us 2012 will be a year of BIG changes, not endings. It represents freedom, chaos, competition, money issues, separation, adventure and accelerated speed. Plus this energy may foster a pattern of experiential trial and error of daily living.  We will see more opportunities to live on the leading edge of life in 2012.

The year of 2012 has very powerful energy. It wants to see if the daily patterns of daily living are disrupted. It’s all about not getting bored with your daily routine. Everything stable it open to being challenged, especially relationships and self-confidence. Hence, “Fasten your seatbelt.”

In the same train of thought but with a different twist is the movie, Father of the Bride.  There’s a theatre scene where the father is visually filled with anxiety over the mistakes that are being made in his son’s play. In contrast, his wife is smiling and laughing with the rest of the audience. She views the situation as a roller coaster ride which has its ups and downs but is so much fun.  It’s an adventure.  The father at first views the roller coaster ride as scary and unpredictable but then starts to enjoy the ride.

2012 is the roller coaster ride, an adventure into the unknown.  Now isn’t that exciting?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Need a Quick Pick Me Up?

When you need a quick pick me up when you’re feeling down remind yourself of all the compliments you’ve received over the years, you know the ones you brush off as nothing, these are your strong points, the ones that you’ve embodied to thoroughly they are just a part of who you are.  Your unique blend of strengths, missteps and view point is what makes you stand out. Embrace it.

Typically, someone or something reminded you of an attribute that isn’t your strong point and now you’re dwelling on that instead of acknowledging it and focusing on what are your strong points.  We all have areas that we’re strong in and other areas that we are not. No one is perfect. Don’t worry yourself silly over it.  It’s just a waste of time.

There are far too many influences in your life that can literally stop you from becoming who you were born to be.  Your well-meaning parents, colleagues and friends may have talked you out of what you wanted to do for fear you might be get hurt or not make enough money.  The list could go on and on.  I know I’ve done it myself.  At the time I thought I was looking out for my friend. I know now that it was what she wanted and I talked her out of having that experience. It won’t happen again.

Too often you can get caught up in the day to day activities of your life that you forget who you are and what you wanted.  The demands of earning a living and societies’ pressure can make you lose sight of what you initially wanted to do.  Some day you may even wake up and ask yourself “Why am I doing this.  Am I happy doing this? Is this bringing me joy? Am I out of whack with who I am? Does this really fit who I am?” Are you lost in the “doing” of life instead of the “being” of life? To “BE” is to be who you are in an authentic, in the moment way.  It’s a “Here I am take it or leave it attitude” A good question to ask yourself is if money, time and education weren’t a factor, what would you be doing now? When you’re young and contemplating what you want to be when you grow up you are actually closer to who you are then when you start factoring in the above criteria.

Who are you anyway?  What makes you stand out? What are the unique blend of talents and experiences that only you can offer? Figure out what that is and use it to your advantage. When you’re feeling down and losing confidence in yourself, pick yourself up by reminding yourself that you do have a unique blend of talents and you just need the right venue to express them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

You're Not Perfect and That's Okay

If everything we attempted in life was achieved with a minimum of effort and came out exactly as planned, how little we would learn-and how boring life would be! And how arrogant we would become if we succeeded at everything we attempted. Failure allows us to develop the essential quality of humility. It is not easy-when you are the person experiencing failure-to accept it philosophically, serene in the knowledge that this is one of life’s great learning experiences. But it is. Nature’s ways are not always easily understood, but they are repetitive and therefore predictable. You can be absolutely certain that when you feel you are being most unfairly tested, you are being prepared for great achievement ~ Napoleon Hill Foundation

You’re here to learn.  Unfortunately, you’re likely going to make some mistakes along the way. That’s okay.  That’s how you learn.  The repetitive nature of mistakes is a reminder that you still have more to learn in order to move on. 

The best bet is to accept the challenge head on and go through the learning process. Only through your hard work and gained insight will you appreciate the progress you’ve made, how far you’ve come, and be grateful to the people who supported you that allowed you to have the experiences in order to grow.

It may appear unfair but each person has their own challenges to face.  What appears easy for you may be a challenge for someone else. You don’t have the same challenges. His challenge may show up in an entirely different way or time.

It may help to think of every challenge and set back as preparation for your great achievement.  Here is one more challenge to overcome before you can shine.  Take it for what it is, an adventure.

Monday, January 16, 2012

To Serve With Love

The buzz word lately has been to go out and serve others and that our purpose for being here is to serve.  I don’t particularly like that train of thought but I couldn’t figure out why.  It sounds well and good to show your compassionate self but I just wasn’t having an overwhelming desire or feeling to do so and I couldn’t figure out why.  What’s wrong with me?  

I understood that once you overcome a challenge you desire to share your experience with others to help them do the same.  I get that.  I found that I like the word help but not serve.  Perhaps it’s because it brings up a negative reaction which reminds me of servitude which can mean any of the following;

1.       The state of being a slave

2.       The state of being ruled or dominated by somebody or something.

3.       Work imposed as punishment

4.       Work for somebody

This means to me no joy or reward in return.  Of course when people say you’re here to serve others they’re not referring to it in this way but to assist somebody in a particular way.  You could say that parents do that all the time.  A mother serves dinner to her family and helps them with their homework. A father drives his son to soccer practice and teaches him how to ride a bike.  The big difference here is that it’s out of love.  Sure a parent is required to provide food, clothing and shelter but everything else is optional like cell phones, designer jeans and the extracurricular activities.  And let’s not forget the real winners here like buying the juice you know your child likes, making his peanut butter and jelly sandwich just the way he likes it or washing her favorite pair of jeans ahead of time for an event. All these little things, and don’t kid yourself they’re big, are acts of love.  Parents serve their children out of love.

There’s a really good book called, The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman and one of the love languages is “acts of service”.  Basically its states that when you do for others it’s actually the way you express your love.  It really makes sense when you see how much extra a parent will do for their child. Of course “acts of service” doesn’t just show up in regards to children.  It will show up with anyone you care about in your life. 

But what about the other acts of service such as community, environment and causes?  These are also acts of love.  They are love of humanity, nature and society.  Every time I hear someone say it’s about serving others I want to cringe but I’ve learned to rephrase it in my mind.  Now I hear, “It’s all about showing your love for others.  

Doesn’t that sound much better? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resolution Revolution

How’s that resolution you made holding up so far, such noble intentions that somehow dwindle as time ticks on?  Let’s face it; it’s hard to hold yourself accountable unless you have an absolute, unshakable resolve to see it through to the end.

Of course you don’t need the beginning of a year to make a resolution but it makes a nice starting place.  Spring is also a good time for new starts as it aligns with nature’s new beginnings. But just like nature the seeds of birth didn’t start in spring, they were planted months earlier. You only physically get to see them in spring. They lay dormant in the ground hibernating waiting for just the right conditions to come to life.  It really is amazing when you think about it in the grand scheme of things.

People aren’t so different.  In the winter we may appear dormant but inside growth is occurring.  It’s a time of reflection, evaluation, goal setting and dream making.  Just like nature you plant seeds through the contacts you make, the education you receive and the goals you achieve.  Bit by bit those seeds grow into what you’ve created whether you’re conscious of what you planted or not. Key point here, create by design and not by default.

Losing weight, healthy eating and increased exercise are all high resolutions set at the beginning of the year but only a few will actually see it through.  The ones who plant and nurture the seeds of success will achieve their goal. They cleaned out their cupboard of unhealthy food, made a conscious choice to change the foods they consume, plan and stick to an exercise routine that fits their lifestyle, sought the support of family and friends who will hold them accountable in achieving their goal and have a celebratory event for each identified milestone.  These are all seeds of success.

If you have a goal that you with to attain you need to research what it would take to achieve that goal and then go about planting the seeds to achieve it.  It could be a class you need to take; contacts that you need to make or even conversations you need to have with key people. It’s not necessarily blasting out about what you desire but planting the seed of interest and then doing something about it that’s important. Bit by bit, month by month you’ll begin to see the fruits of your labor and before you know it, KA…ZAM you’re there.

 Now get busy planting those seeds.