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Seed tomorrow with wise thanksgiving today!

This has been a different year, challenging most of us month-after-month, and for many, the most devastating time of their life. Yet, tomorrow, most of us will bow our heads in sincere gratitude for the life we have the luxury of living. A life that offers us an opportunity to think about the people who have encouraged, supported, and in many cases, sustained us in moments that felt too heavy for us to carry ourselves. It’s a good day to remember Albert Schweitzer’s words:

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us

I, like most of you, cherish people in my life who have helped to define me, redefine me, and supported my transcendence beyond my own definition. Tomorrow, I will begin and end my day with prayers of thanks to who lend me their light to find my own inner strength and to the courage they have offered to help me to move beyond my limitations.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise tending today

I saw this sign posted in the window of a business yesterday and immediately thought “how appropriate:”

A miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden, rather than fight over the Turf.

May nurturing begin as soon as possible!

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise understanding today

The drama of our elections, the divide amongst fellow Americans, and the seeming unwillingness or inability to work together to address issues continues. In our moments of emotion may we remember something a cousin shared with me last week:

Be careful not to dehumanize people you disagree with. In our self-righteousness, we can easily become the very thing we dislike in others.  ~ Marc and Angel

And, a friend, who is also a pastor shared this:

We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding.

It doesn’t look like agreement about much is around the corner so, as we walk down this road of disagreement, can we please commit to being civil, respectful and at least attempt to explore solutions together? Otherwise, how can we possibly sustain our nation’s two centuries of work toward one nation, indivisible . . . attempting to create a more perfect union?

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise behaviors today

Okay, it’s deep breathing time. Although there are speculations of what we might expect life to be like in these United States for the next four years, we all know the importance of supporting the ballot counting process to ensure accuracy. The final announcement will take time and will not be easily accepted by many. Some may have to work hard not to act how they feel. It is such times that call for deep breaths, discipline, and the ability to intelligently manage desperate disappointment. Many disagree with friends and family members who hold opposing views. Our resolve must therefore be even more disciplined.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.

Today, it’s best to decide who you will be once the results are announced and resolve to respond with grace whether your candidate is selected or not. Our sanity, civility, and the soul of the nation depend on it.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise decisions today

In my youth I heard: Voting is a civic sacrament. That notion has stayed with me ever since.

In record numbers, many of us have already cast our ballots; however, in case you haven’t, please consider Sharon Salzberg’s words:

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.

Or, Susan B. Anthony’s: Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.  

And, then there’s Plato:

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

While making our voices heard at the polls and receiving the results that follow, please allow me to request that we demonstrate the character of this nation we honor and love by our respectful, patient, and safe behaviors. As public safety departments prepare for the worst, let’s revisit ourselves as the nation once held in high esteem throughout the world and let them observe people behaving their best.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise decency today

This week, seething with disgust, frustration, befuddlement, and anger watching non-stop tortuous political rhetoric, I was reminded of Maya Angelou’s words:

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

Our national culture is in trouble, big trouble. We’ve moved beyond division into plans to kidnap, try, and execute Governors and yelling “lock her up” at rallies. We’ve moved beneath dignity by reckless and dangerous attacks of our generals, department heads, departments, and services of our once honored US government. We’ve moved to new lows, calling the free press “the enemy of the people.” We’ve moved away from facts and science and criticize our world respected scientists like Dr. Fauci despite their lifetime commitment to public health and their work to keep us alive through a pandemic.

When our leaders cannot use behaviors that represent our culture as decent, noble, and collaborative, we must, with specific intent, treat each other with decency, honor and respect, demonstrating the true nature of the character of our nation.

Please, be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful and articulate about differences. Debate with civility and be open to listening and learning.  Please, for the sake of our nation, be the change, NOW!

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise listening today

Every time I pick up one of The Dalai Lama’s works, I learn. Here’s a treasure:

When we talk, we are only repeating what we already know. When we listen, we may learn something new. 

~ Note to self ~

I may not be aware of all my biases; however, I know I can only see and hear through the filters I’ve inherited, acquired, or developed. Therefore, in today’s divisive world, I need to listen more intensely, ask critical questions to understand, and continue to expand my understanding of what I do not know so I can make clearer the lens through which I make decisions.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Seed tomorrow with wise attention today

Something I heard on the radio yesterday made me pause. Respondents to a survey said they’d pay thousands of dollars for just one stress free day, describing themselves as strained, frazzled, and overwhelmed in their attempts to manage the realities of the pandemic we’re all experiencing.

Please, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Eileen McDargh’s new book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters. With a passion to help others, Eileen is a perceptive thinker, with decades of experience as a masterful coach, seminar leader, and keynote speakers as well as an astute author. As the World Health Organization classifies burnout as a health problem, Eileen’s understanding, questions, insights, stories, and suggestions can help you navigate through moments of feeling over-committed, overwhelmed, and over-tired through immediate steps to recognize and analyze issues, and take solution based steps to rebuild your spirit and reclaim what matter most. A sample:

Nothing, I repeat, nothing will help you move more steadily from burnout into breakout and eventual breakthrough than first paying attention to your body . . . to get to what matters most, we must STOP and pay attention . . . Until you stop and realize what is happening, what you think really matters might not!

Yes, these are challenging times. And, they may be calling us to redefine parts or perhaps the whole of our lives – to refuel, recharge and reclaim what matters most.  

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise thank you today

We have two daughters who were both born in September. I now have 4 decades of Septembers wrapped in gratitude. When they were little we celebrated their day of birth which quickly turned into a week and shortly became a month of celebration. A day nor a week of appreciation seemed like enough. Beyond blessed to have these two as life’s profound gifts and significant teachers. Thank you is not enough, yet it is my prayer.

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone can say.      ~ Alice Walker

May all your birthday wishes be granted and may this year continue to be wildly abundant with all you cherish, Courtney and Amanda. Happy, Happy Birthday, beloved treasures.

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise remembrance and honorable reverence today!

I’m struggling to put onto paper my thoughts about the passing of The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I know what it is to carry picket signs in the late sixties and early seventies to call attention to injustices and inequities; however, changed legislature in what really makes the difference, right? People have fought diligently for so many things we take for granted today. RBG used the law to correct the rights of those who were written out of the “rights for all” in the Constitution.

She was a warrior for women who wanted to play sports in school, attend universities for which they were academically qualified, get jobs, consent to their own medical treatment, get a credit card or buy a house without a man’s signature. She fought for equal rights for widowers as well as widows for social security benefits (which many of us hope is not eliminated), educated law makers about the inequalities set by law and their impact on society. She was a tireless warrior for justice and intentionally nurtured relationships between parties and with colleagues who possessed opposing opinions in the spirit of civility and collaboration.  Would not it be refreshing if current elected officials would learn from her example?

Although she seemed indestructible, ranked up there with our grandson’s super heroes, she was, in fact, human – just like us. And, as a colleague reminded me: Now, we are all RBG. To move forward, we must all be RBG.  That doesn’t mean we must become attorneys, run for office, or necessarily aspire to become a judge, although, hopefully, many will.  It does mean that We the People requires responsibility in the creation of a more perfect union. In RBG’s words:

If you want to be a professional, you will do something outside yourself, something to repair tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is – living not for oneself, but for one’s community.

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