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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise blessings today!

After relaxing while taking in the sunset over magnificent Lake Michigan with the love of my life, I read this and thought ahhhh . . .

In a society that has us counting money, calories, pounds, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead.  ~ Lisa Heckman

Refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing  . . . real.

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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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise reflections today!

Yesterday was the birthday of our first born and next week is the birthday of our last born. For us, September is an annual receptacle of sacred. Reflecting upon their birth and the magnificent women they have become, serendipity struck as I picked up a book and read:

Your greatest contribution to the universe may not be something you do, but someone you raise.

Curt and I agree that these two make Earth better because they graciously, gracefully and with great decency and responsibility walk on it as compassionate humans. I have no idea why we were so blessed; however, we are beyond grateful for experiencing them as our daughters.

As both begin another glorious journey around the sun, I pray their paths are wildly abundant with all that matters most.

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.  ~ Emily Dickinson

Birthdays are a great time to pause, reflect, appreciate, and begin again. Each year, compounded with our past experiences offers us the opportunity to alter the way we view each new day, influencing how we understand and respond to everything and everyone, from the simplest routines to the complex, and to the unexpected events in our world. A process to embrace, learn from, and enjoy. May we all remember to celebrate and apprise life day by day, year by year. 

PS: All of us were born an original. May we not die a redundant copy. 

HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday Courtney and Amanda!

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise memories today!

To keep things in perspective and maintain some sense of wholeheartedness, I attempt to live this Taoist teaching:

If you erase all the mistakes of your past, you would also erase all the wisdom of your present.

Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.

Perhaps, like me, you have a propensity to give attention to the “bad” stuff which diminishes focus and reflection on indispensable learning. Today, I remember.  May I remember again tomorrow!

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 promising and delivery today!

This message is late since internet service has finally been restored after losing it last night. Having power, I turned on the TV to catch up on the news while writing this message to ironically view a commercial about our internet/TV provider – the only one available in our area, or I would certainly change. We’ve lost internet service more than a dozen times this year.

Frustrated, annoyed, and disgusted I, once again, viewed the huge disconnect between marketing and reality. What’s the benefit of advertising excellence then delivering far less than mediocre? Early in my practice an elder told me to always:

Promise less, deliver more.

Great advice for any one or any organization that serves others.

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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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise care and compassion today!

Ward Foley, author of Thank My Lucky Stars, was born with multiple birth defects and little chance to live. If that was not enough, he was severely burnt by a deep fryer, scorned and beaten, and almost killed by a drunk driver. Decades of surgeries, ridicule, agony, and humiliation he writes,

We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad.

To help children, Foley created Scarman, a doll on which they can draw their own scars, with the hope that they might accept and love themselves just the way they are.

His message of courage, hope, support, and unconditional love is one that vibrates through the molecules of humanity in what feels like a call to edit our collective DNA. May we become better at caring, connecting, accepting, and extending respect and compassion to each and every human we encounter.

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 thinking today!

I live in Michigan and was beyond saddened, unfortunately, not shocked; however, beyond saddened to read a report Monday morning of Roy Thorne. He, his son, and his real estate agent were handcuffed by police while the agent was showing them a house in my home state. Mr. Thorne said it was yet another incident of the risks Black and Brown people assume just by doing, what many call, normal things.

If you see a crime, report a crime. But if you see people — Black people, any minority — don’t report people doing normal things.   ~ Roy Thorne

Those of us who do not consistently experience such disrespect, mistreatment, and abuse may easily dismiss the call to change. Let’s not.

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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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Seed tomorrow with wise intentional moments today!

Do you know anyone who is constantly chasing happiness only to be continuously miserable?

Perhaps you hear words like, I’ll be happy when . . . I meet that someone special, when I’m accepted into that university, when I get that promotion or raise, when I get married, when I have children, when the children finally leave the house, when I retire . . . an entire life consumed by thoughts of lack and desires that make it impossible to appreciate the moment we’re in, chasing “the next” whatever.

For a moment, consider two things:

. What in this moment can I breathe in and savor?

. For what am I grateful that brings me joy?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.   ~ Frederick Koenig

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 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!

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 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.

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?

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