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Seed tomorrow with wise compassion today!

Like many of you, I can easily be glued to the TV to watch the Olympics. This year is extra special, since we get to watch with our grandchildren! There’s never been an opening ceremony that didn’t give me goose bumps. This year, the tears flowed as the Refugee Team joined the world’s athletes. It leaves me numb to think about people who must escape their homeland with the knowledge that their children face rape, induction into a tortuous army, trafficking, or murder if they stay.

Yet, their next challenge is the reality that they have nowhere to go. Today, few countries with open arms welcome these desperate families; many even promote a disdain for those attempting to escape, labeling them as dangerous and terrorists.

Refugees are not terrorists. They are often the first victims of terrorism.

                                                                              ~ António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres

Desperate parents often attempt to save their children by sending them on a long journey to possible safety, alone.  No parent puts their child on a boat unless the water is safer than the land. No parent sends their child on a treacherous journey unless the reality of danger is frightfully present.

There’s no easy answer to the evil that refugees are trying to escape, nor the challenges of countries trying to help. However, compassion, an attempt to understand, and an extended heart  rather than mislabeling and rejecting is at least a step in the right direction.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.   ~ Albert Einstein

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise recognition and appreciation today!

Happiness is typically defined as an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. Although it has many different definitions, its description usually includes positive emotions and life satisfaction.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

                                                                                               ~ Marcus Aurelius

So, what consumes your thinking all day long? Are you intentionally engaged in life’s moments? Have you developed the mental discipline to catch destructive thoughts early and send them on their way? How mindful and grateful are you for the blessings that surround you in your every-day-routine moments?

Enjoy.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

We say we want to be happy, right? Then, what stops us? We want to be happy, yet we often, and for some reason, consistently, engage in thoughts and behaviors that rob our joy. 

One of many examples: we compare ourselves to others. What a grand contributor to unhappiness! And, have you noticed that we often evaluate ourselves against someone with a more developed skill, more mastery of something specific, or more ability in an area that we criticize ourselves about?

Constant comparisons to others and the seemingly happy lives they live is one of the most noxious sources of unhappiness. It’s time to stop any measuring up and begin a habit of acknowledging, honoring, admiring our own individual, unique strengths, skills, and talents, and begin to enjoy who we are, right?

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

We say we want to be happy, right? Then, what stops us? We want to be happy, yet we often, and for some reason, consistently, engage in thoughts and behaviors that rob our joy. 

One of many examples: we compare ourselves to others. What a grand contributor to unhappiness! And, have you noticed that we often evaluate ourselves against someone with a more developed skill, more mastery of something specific, or more ability in an area that we criticize ourselves about?

Constant comparisons to others and the seemingly happy lives they live is one of the most noxious sources of unhappiness. It’s time to stop any measuring up and begin a habit of acknowledging, honoring, admiring our own individual, unique strengths, skills, and talents, and begin to enjoy who we are, right?

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise responsibilities today!

Barbeques, parades, and fireworks may be gone; however, our commitment to upholding our sacred democracy cannot. On this Fourth of July, Seth Godin posted this:

Freedom has a partner, and its name is responsibility.

It’s easy to insist on all the things we should be free from.

But then we realize that we also have the freedom to act, to lead and to confront our fear and our selfishness. Once we realize our own agency, freedom begins to feel like a responsibility.

The freedom to make a difference.

May the freedom and, more importantly, the responsibilities of the republic we share and the democracy we’ve chosen be sustained beyond the celebrations of the 4th.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise gratitude today!

A long time ago Marcel Proust wrote:

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 

We just celebrated Curt’s birthday, who is my extraordinary husband, our daughter’s rare and magnificent daddy, and our precious grandbabies’ best ever Grampa’s 70th birthday. Rather than bore you with a list of at least 70 ways his life makes mine more exquisite, for which I am grateful (which I penned on paper), let me ask you to consider making a list of all the people who bring you joy and the specific ways they evoke gratitude.  For, once we begin to make note of the things we’re grateful for, we begin to lose sight of those things we lack.     

More importantly, who would list you as a person who makes their soul blossom?  

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise shared happiness today!

I received an email from someone in response to my recent posts about happiness that contained: 

Signs of Happiness . . .

You:

  • Live your life with integrity
  • Embrace living in the moment
  • Express gratitude regularly
  • Engage in work that satisfies you
  • Enjoy harmonious relationships
  • Keep your inner critic on ‘mute’
  • Do not compare yourself with others
  • Aren’t afraid of change
  • Understand that what we allow continues – we teach people how to treat us
  • Enjoy the simple things

Thank you, anonymous contributor. You’ve given me (and, I’m guessing others) some things to think about.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

Perhaps one key to true happiness is learning to discover it in every moment, not waiting for it to arrive with the achievement of some future goal. Happiness that comes from achieving goals is fleeting at best and sets us up in a never ending cycle of chasing the next “one.”

That doesn’t diminish the power of setting and achieving goals, rather reframes our dependence on being consumed by accomplishments as our source of happiness.

Happiness is not a goal, it’s a by-product.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise happiness today!

As I read more about the science of happiness, commonalities are present among the studies identifying keys to whole heartedness and success:

  • Live (or work) in the moment; avoid thinking about things you have to do later
  • Of course life will hand us challenges – Remain resilient
  • Develop mental discipline; be mindful of your thoughts and manage them well
  • Be a compassionate observer of yourself, knowing when to adjust
  • Manage your energy
  • No nothing . . . absolutely nothing for at least a few minutes every day
  • Treat yourself well; be kind to yourself as well as to others
  • Venture outside your comfort zone
  • Work at being compassionate and show it outwardly
  • Stay in awe and in wonder of life

Of course, the above list is not complete.  Your homework: Edit and add to the list for yourself.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise, intentional happiness today!

Only recently have studies of human behavior included research to understand mental health and well-being in lieu of an exclusive focus on deviant behavior. The results give us the luxury to access and implement strategies to live a healthier, more satisfying and meaningful life. 

Happiness seems to be a secret sauce that can help us be and do our best. Researchers who study happy people have found them to be more successful, with a realization that happiness is a choice, and believe it’s up to them to intentionally choose it every single day. They’re not held hostage by their circumstances and do not seek happiness in other people or in possessions.

Intention is the active desire and commitment to be happy.  

                                                                               ~Rick Foster & Greg Hicks, Happy People

Shall we choose happiness today?!

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day!

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com