We all have our ups and downs in varying degrees.
When (what we describe as) bad things happen, there's a resounding "why?"
While that question may never be answered, times of trial and challenge can bring out the best in us – vulnerability that leads to more emotional openness, compassion, kindness, gentleness, support, unity, and sometimes action that propels change.
When inner landscapes are irrevocably altered by difficult times in your own life or in the world around you, a choice can be made to broaden your capacity for all of the above.
T A K E A W A Y
Can you think of how someone helped you through a difficult time?
Hearing the backstories of some of the 2018 Olympians has been amazingly heartwarming. To be reminded of the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" that many have experienced along the way brings a dose of reality to the triumph of the medalist podium.
We all have our day-to-day challenges. Sometimes merely getting out of bed and facing the day requires heroic courage and perseverance.
This Valentine's Day, don't wait for someone else to acknowledge you. What really matters is that you acknowledge yourself.
Remembering to give yourself a symbolic gold medal and bouquet of flowers for what you have and are accomplishing in your life can make all the difference in how you feel about you.
From the heart,
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Like tens of thousands of others, and maybe you, this month I was slammed with the flu. In the spirit of empowering yourself to stay well (or make the best of what is), it brought to mind the following:
Sometimes an enforced time-out chair is good, even if it's not fun.
Don't try to work on anything important when you're feeling lousy;
chances are you'll mess up.
Your world can and will survive without you while you take care of yourself.
Viruses can live on hard surfaces for 48 hours.
They're transported by moisture droplets that come from a sick person through
talking, coughing, sneezing.
Those viruses can travel up to six feet (yikes!).
Wiping down frequently touched items like phones, doorknobs, microwave and refrigerator handles, keyboards, remote controls, etc.
with alcohol wipes or disinfectant can help stop viruses from spreading.
If you don't already know this one, cough into your sleeve, not your hand.
Think about it; you cough into your hand and then touch people, pets, and things, spreading viruses and germs.
Avoid touching public keypads in ATMs, checkout lines and gas stations.
If you have to, make sure you wash your hands immediately.
Note to self: next year, get a flu shot.
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Info Source: U.S. CDC (Center for Disease Control)
The person who created GM, the gargantuan auto-maker General Motors, was abandoned by his father as a boy and dropped out of high school.
He was ousted by the company he founded twice, and later in life started
his own auto-manufacturing company under his own name.
He unofficially controlled the stock market for several high-flying years and warned the U.S. President of an impending market collapse. Rather than protect his personal interests by pulling out as his peers did, he kept multi-millions in the stock market to try to soften the impact of the impending crash on the American public. At age 80, he was serving hamburgers to customers in his bowling alley restaurant in Flint, Michigan.
Revered in his day, and nearly forgotten in history, he was known throughout his life as being kind, gentle, and a soft-spoken genius supersalesperson.
His story brought to mind the following words I've seen on a sign:
From a human perspective, life isn't going to be perfect. It has its ups and downs. Wine aside (as he was known not to drink in his later years), William C., W.C., or Billy Durant as he was most commonly known, rode his life to the fullest.
Takeaway: Are you "skidding in" and using your own genius,
the gifts you came into this world with? (Yes, you have them.)
Info source: Billy Durant, Creator of General Motors, by Lawrence R. Gustin
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Einstein is one of the greatest minds of all time. He walked his talk by living simply and humbly. One of his foremost traits was his perseverance that led to his astounding formulas for explaining the nature of the physical universe.
Einstein's 3 Rules of Work:
1. Out of clutter find simplicity
2. From discord find harmony
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
Can you apply these rules in your life?
While there are many variations on the definition of self-awareness, this excerpt from an article by Chopra Center's Leo Carver gives a valuable viewpoint on the difference between self-awareness and self-consciousness:
"The concept of self-awareness is often talked about as if you’re already aware of what awareness is. While the actual definition of the term may be easy to understand intellectually, you have to live it to make it work.
Self-awareness is more than just being self-conscious. These are not interchangeable terms. Self-awareness is being aware of your own presence, inside and out. Self-consciousness tends to lend itself toward self-judgment and assessment, all too often based on someone else’s perceptions . . .
Self-awareness leads to acceptance as well as a deeper understanding of yourself. While self-consciousness is analyzing, self-awareness is witnessing. Higher self-awareness is possible once you cultivate an attitude of love, acceptance, and appreciation for yourself. This is not easy to do, but well worth the effort."
Want to change your life? Self-awareness is key.
Why? Because becoming aware of what you're feeling and doing is a baseline for life change.
Inspiration from an empire built with a mouse. Enjoy and be uplifted!
With Warmest Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Abundant New Year!
Whether you find yourself missing someone special, feeling separate or alone in a crowd, this message is for you.
After my brother, Mark, suddenly passed, I unexpectedly found the letter he'd written and given to me as a Christmas present years before. While appreciated for its elegance at the time, I'd long forgotten his gift.
Discovering the letter again in the aftermath of coming to terms with his physical absence held greater meaning and poignancy than when initially read. As my perspective dramatically changed during that painful process, I gained an increased ability to understand what he said, recognizing his words were coming from the timeless space beyond the challenges of day-to-day concerns.
No matter where you are, this simple message transcends cultural boundaries. While the reference point is the Christmas holiday, the thoughts expressed speak of the level of oneness we all share, regardless of beliefs. It follows exactly as it was written:
There is a special moment during the holiday season when all of the activity, hype, and busyness — stop.
A moment when you are rooted to the ground and stare into space.
A moment when all circumstance and thought cease — and fall away.
A moment when something stirs at the depth of your being and a knowing smile, genuine, comes to your face.
A moment when all is right with the world and a sense of well-being expands within you and radiates outward.
At Christmas, if only for a moment, we are reminded of what is within whenever we choose to stop — and let ourselves be filled.
Let this moment be yours, always.
My brother was a highly intelligent man with a dry wit. In the hours preceding his unexpected leaving, he quipped "have you seen any lights lately?" and made sure the friend who was with him knew she was loved. Rediscovering his letter, I realize there are parallels to the sense of well-being he was speaking of with the final insights he shared.
"If only for a moment," may your differences fall away and your heart be filled with the Light and Love that silently and steadily unites us all.
Having recently read books about both Henry Ford of Model T fame and Sam Walton of Walmart, perhaps the two most influential business geniuses of the twentieth century, I was taken by the differences in which they reportedly treated their employees.
Sam Walton said, "In so many businesses, most managers lead by fear and intimidation. They think that being tough is being a leader. Nothing is further from the truth. Good leaders will treat people 'good' and add the human factor to all aspects of their business."
A Kind Outlook
I admit I've had the perception of Walmart being, well . . . Walmart. It wasn't until I delved into the history of the company and its people that I came to appreciate their philosophy of treating employees and customers as family (uhm, the best parts of family).
"Mr. Sam," as he was known to his associates [employees], also said, "Another very important principle for us is to live and stay with our people through the good times and the bad times . . . Life is a business of momentum; sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down. In 'down times' your associates need your love and support more than at any other time."
Universal Law Connection
Whether deliberate or not, these words demonstrate an alignment with universal law and principles. Giving always comes before and predetermines receiving whether you're giving your thought, word, service, or conscious action including appreciation for a job well done and compassion and understanding when needed. This is contrasted with an attitude of getting, which is an attitude of limitation.
Yowza! Pressed Down and Running Over
In a spectacular display of outcome, Walmart has become the world's largest brick and mortar retailer. In 2016 Forbes listed the multi-billionaire Walton family as the richest in America. As of recent news, Walmart is giving Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, a run for its money.
In a fun bit of irony, Walmart and Lord & Taylor, the oldest luxury department store in the United States, will soon be partnering to offer Lord & Taylor's upscale merchandise through Walmart's online store.
Keeping it Real
So as not to get too lofty from the viewpoint of the flying pig, here's taking it back to Sam:
"We are all just people with our varying strengths and weaknesses. So true commitment, plus a generous portion of understanding and communication, will certainly help us win. Remember, leaders must always put their people before themselves. If you are able to do that, your business will take care of itself."
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