It has been said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
So what about you? How are you growing younger?
Here are some thoughts from a 70 something: “Get moving. Self-worth is very connected with your physical condition. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Go dancing. Play football. Do a “Sit & Be Fit” class. You choose.” It works for her. No matter what your age, it just might just work for you, too.
Enjoy your life,
My friend, Barbara, is a marathoner as a runner and in life. She lives her life with perseverance, kindness, and determination. She has an amazingly long list of accomplishments – personally and professionally.
So it surprised me when told a group of us that for most of her life she felt weak. Yet this “flaw” actually makes her accessible to all kinds of people from all walks of life.
So look at a “limitation” in your life. How can you make this an encouraging strength beginning today?
Some people believe that most people don’t want to change and so must be dragged kicking and screaming to change – and if violence is required, well it’s part of the territory.
Yet, endurable and sustainable change requires a different approach. The most powerful means is a “revolution” in the heart and soul of each person on the planet. As each of us heals the pain, hurt, and anger within, our lives (and our environments) will be elevated. Isn’t that what we all want.
Now is the time and you are the person.
The next time you walk down the street pay attention to the people you see.
Are you concentrating more on how each individual is different than you or more on how they are the same?
Whatever you focus on will transform your environment. Decide how you want it to be. Consider a balanced approach – see each person’s humanity while respecting and honoring their differences. What’s one way you can do this today?
Enjoy your day,
What does it mean to be attached to differences?
It often indicates that a person is trapped in her negative, limiting reactions to those seeming differences. In this mode, a person may judge others in a less than favorable way.
If this sounds like you, what can you do today to open your mind and “unattach” to the differences you see in others?
Have a great day,
Ever look at the people you come into contact with and only notice their flaws – a few extra pounds, a missing button, or a squeaky voice. For the next 48 hours, put a new filter on your “sight” so that what you see first and foremost is each person’s internal and external strengths, beauty, and goodness.
Have a great day,
People are feeling challenged by many things today and many aren’t sure if it’s even worth doing anything to change their circumstances.
Often deep down inside, they see the value of transforming their situation, but lack the courage to do much about it. That’s where you come in.
First, give others your full attention and listen with your whole heart. Second, find ways to respect the other person’s life. And third, from that respective, share stories that show how others have done what they want to do.
As you encourage and inspire the other person, watch what happens to you.
Ever feel like you want to change something in society, but feel too many doors are closed to you?
There may in fact be a HUGE wall blocking your way and few would judge you for giving up.
Yet someone will go beyond complaining and actual transform the situation. Why not you?
So where could you get started today?
Make it a great day,
Stories are wonderful tools that facilitate communication. Unlike facts, which you have to agree or disagree with, stories give you the opportunity to find something that you can relate to. They are a wonderful starting point for dialogue.
So the next time you really want to make a point, create a story (based on the facts) that provides opportunities for each person in find something in it that they can connect with and start the exchange of ideas.
Have a great day,
How’s your network?
Networks are like gardens. They need to be planted and cultivated long before you want to dine on the harvest.
So don’t delay. Initiate relationships; give them thoughtful attention; and reciprocate. Then your network will be there when you need it.