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Seed tomorrow with wise loving today!

If you ever find yourself worried about the plight of our existence and the seeming triumph of evil, you may find benefit in Helen Keller’s advice:

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount loving their fellow men, the devil would die its own tracks of ennui.

Looking around at today’s world, Helen’s suggestion that we give power to “the devil” by our attention and lack of intentional focus on purposeful love may be worth pondering.

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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Seed tomorrow with wise love today!

In a volatile world of turmoil, hostility, and destruction, it’s easy to bend toward extremes of giving up, depression or frustration from feeling helpless and powerless. Mother Teresa offered us advice:

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.

Every thought we entertain, every decision we make, and every action we take influences more than just our individual life. When we judge, compare, hate, extend compassion, help, or love we welcome more of it into the world.  

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 happiness today!

Michael J. Fox first grabbed attention with his role in Family Ties, continuing hissuccess with popular films such as Back to the Future and Teen Wolf.  While working on the sitcom Spin City, he publicly disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In the decades that followed, and despite worsening symptoms, he continued to act and do voice-over work while advocating for people living with the disease. Perhaps as a result of his circumstances he stated:

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

Every human has their challenges; some more demanding than others. It might be beneficial to reexamine our relationship with expectations and our ability to accept.

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 doing today!

James Dean, a hot actor in my youth, starred in the film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel East of Eden, for which he received a posthumous Oscar Award. Later, he played a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager.

Killed in a tragic car accident at the tender age of 24, James understood a wisdom beyond his years:

The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.

Fully experience the tasks, the responsibilities, the boring routines, the repetitive practice of what it is we do. This will not only inject increased, intentional joy into the process, it welcomes us to simply savor the expedition of experiences rather than fixate on production. Profound learning I wish I understood earlier.

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 openness today!

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, was the third prime minister of India, as well as the first, and to date, the only woman to hold the position. A powerful government figure and competent mediator, she was often asked to host negotiations between reluctant parties. With an understanding that even when there’s animosity, an agreement can be reached if both sides are willing to listen and shake hands, she knew the first step is to extend an open hand.

We can only move forward after letting go of anger. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. 

A tough lesson that doesn’t seem to be practiced enough in today’s politics. And, who cannot benefit from its application in our everyday lives?

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise liberty today!

A brief glance of what’s happening around the world reminds a thinking person of how fragile freedom and the democratic process truly are. As we celebrated our Independence Day with barbeques and brews I hope we also pondered our individual responsibilities to sustain the freedom we currently enjoy in our fine nation and the danger it faces on a daily basis.

In our beginning, we had George Washington to guide us:

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

And, grow we did. Now, it’s all too easy to forget the required protection of our liberties.

Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.  Albert Einstein

Freedom requires responsibility. Accountability and answerability to ourselves and others set the standards by which we live as a civilization.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.   ~ Nelson Mandela

Let freedom ring. Yet, it will only toll when we ensure its reverberation.

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 freedom today!

As we approach BBQs, fireworks, and pool parties to celebrate our Independence, I ask that we contemplate the essence of real freedom. Does it mean “we” get to have and do what we want, “rightfully” imposing our values on others in the name of good intentions?

I struggle with some American’s desire to protect their children from the sins of our past, angered at the thought of sharing truths that are a factual part of our history. Too many, including children suffered (and still do) at the hands of those who forced their “freedom” on others.

Across the US, from 1819 to 1969, our Native American children at more than 400 boarding schools suffered physical and sexual abuse, solitary confinement, malnourishment, and more. The findings, released in a federal report in May, 2022 concluded that a number of the schools were responsible for the deaths of at least 500 children, uncovering roughly 50 burial sites. Officials expect the numbers to increase. The analysis is the first comprehensive historical review of the school system. Truth matters.

The federal residential school system was designed to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American society, upon the solid foundation of “American Christian values.” Schools often utilized militaristic approaches in an effort to overwrite native identities.

How will our next generation benefit from not knowing about bigotry, racism, abuse, lynchings, lack of access to education, banking, voting, and a boatload more? Those miserably abused deserve to, at least, to have those sins not repeated.

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.   ~ Virginia Woolf

This July 4th, I’ll take time to pause long enough to think about freedom for all, especially freedom from abuse, executed by those in control.

And, in our contemplation of liberty, the Constitution, and leadership’s responsibility to uphold the law and demonstrate behaviors we value as Americans, let’s responsibly examine the data being presented in January 6th hearings and ponder Abraham Lincoln’s words, before it’s too late:

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Let freedom ring . . .

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 example today!

An old English proverb states:  A good example is the best sermon

Happiest of birthdays to a man who I’ve been blessed to experience through his behavioral homilies on a daily basis for almost 60 years. His empathy, support, optimism, and unconditional love translates into the existence of a remarkable human and respectfully adored husband, father, uncle, friend and grampa.

Praying to learn from your example for many, many more blessed years, Curt. Happy Birthday!

What do you model for those who surround you?

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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Seed tomorrow with wise abundance today!

I’m continuously intrigued by people who lived centuries before us who understood a wisdom still relevant and needed today. Jean Antoine Petit-Senn, a Swiss novelist, poet, singer, editor, and politician was born in 1792 and left us with this message:

Not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.

What is it that you wrap your arms around, invest your time and energy to, and cherish as valuable that defines your plenty, richness, or wealth?

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 success today!

Rethinking, reframing, and re-defining all seem to be part of the maturing process. Matt Damon’s comment causes me to stop for a moment and ponder the last 7 decades of my life:

Success is the process itself.

In the first half of life I distinctly I remember wishing for the wisdom and results of someone significantly older than me. I now realize the essence of Matt’s words. It’s the experience of recalibrating from mis-steps, bad judgements, and outright mistakes, as well as the triumphs in between that lead to a well lived life.

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com