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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise self-awareness today!

How often do you hear someone ask a child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The typical, expected response describes what we’ll do. A doctor, lawyer, engineer, teachers, nurse, fireperson . . . and each choice distinctively carves and defines a life and lifestyle.

In an interview about embracing turning 50 and closing the chapter on her hit show Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross reflects upon our human experiences of growing up:

We spends so much time learning how to get what we want instead of who we want to be.

                                                                                                       .  ~ Tracee Ellis Brown

How can we encourage our children to increase the callings of their authentic essence? To listen to their soul and feed their spirit? What’s your gift? What makes your heart sing? Makes you forget about time? What do you want to contribute to the world that comes to you rather naturally? What are your dreams? How do you want to build those dreams?

Having a solid example in her mother, Diana Ross, Tracee says:

If you think my mom plays Diana Ross well, you should see her play mom!

Who are you? What are you playing? Are you living a life that welcomes your being to evolve? Life’s amazingly fast and fragile. Even if we weren’t exposed to the process of self-discovery as a child, the time is now to welcome the unfolding.

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 equity today!

If Martin Luther King Jr lived, he would be 94 today. A social activist and Baptist minister, he sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest, becoming a target for white supremacists.

Today, it’s not enough to quote him, be inspired by his worlds, or praise him. The world needs us to emulate him. In his words:

Our lives begin to end on the day we become silent on things that matter.

The message need not be Let’s all remember. It can mean individual andsocietal transformation. To honor him most, we continue our inner work identifying and addressing our own bias, standing up for all inequalities we encounter, and pushing up our sleeves to do the necessary work to ensure justice for all. This means more than doing good works. It also means passing good laws.

Some may say we’ve come a long way. There’s still much more to do.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise intention today!

How are the first couple weeks of 2023 going for you? Like most of us, you’ve probably, once again, realized that life continues with or without your approval or intervention. Another benefit of setting intention for a year, a month, a week, a day, or any situation.

We either live with intention or exist by default.  ~ Kristin Armstrong

Intention sets the foundation and guiding compass for thought and action. I’ve been told: your success will be pure when your intention is. So, clarity and commitment are required

Enjoy the rest of this, another January.

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 stories today!

Welcome to another New Year; another opportunity to make the next glorious journey around the sun filled with stories worth living.

A new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.

If someone else currently holds the pen to your life, it’s time to reclaim it. If your mindset holds you hostage to boredom, restrictions, or life in a small box, it’s time to strengthen, rejuvenate and expand. If your habits restrict your ability to renew, recalibrate, and reinvigorate, it’s time to recommit to developing the mental discipline to stay focused and purposeful on the life you choose to author.

Reflecting upon your last chapter may not bring you joy. Editing is part of the process. What lessons are embedded in the past? What opportunities are presented in the present? How do you envision the legacy of the conclusion?  It’s never too late change the narrative and direction toward a more intentional end of the tale.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise intention today!

In just a few days, we ring in another New Year. Will 2023 be different for you? In what ways? What do you yearn to do?  Become? Have?  Why are reflecting, imagining, and intentional action important?

Energy flows where intention goes. Create your day.   ~ Unknown   

Where will your energy be focused, invested, and acted upon in 2023?

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise new beginnings today!

Well, here we are again. Beginning the process of reflecting upon and saying “goodbye” to one year while we envision and welcome another one.

So, what is it that you want in 2023?  What do you yearn to do? Who are you being called to become? Who needs your assistance, help, validation, or love? Where can you contribute most? What are your greatest areas for improvement? Yikes, the list of questions are never-ending!  The point is . . . will you focus on your continued growth to become a better version of yourself? 

A New Year offers us the opportunity to take inventory, recalibrate, and continue to sow purposeful seeds with an intent to nurture a meaningful harvest.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language.
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.         ~ T.S. Eliot

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise planting today!

As I begin my reflection of 2022 and envision the adventures of the approaching New Year, I contemplate one of my favorite quotes, since it’s guided me in numerous moments of frustration, defeat, or disillusion.

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.  ~ William A. Ward

Too often, in the hustle culture we’ve created, it’s easy to be seduced into believing that achievement and productivity are the only standards by which our value is measured. However, it’s crucial to remember the importance of living by our own definitions of value and success. Then, remember that each day offers us opportunities to make small, intentional investments in the life we envision as one worth living.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise wonder today!

In the mid-west, autumn is a wondrous, vibrant season, full of constant, flamboyant changes in nature, and a “settling in” time offered by cooler weather and less daylight. That said, I find comfort in preparing for the solitude of winter, especially for the days we’ll soon be buried in snow. It’s easy to fall into a mundane mindset once the tints of the tree leaves bid goodbye and the world turns monotonously muted. However, as life mirrors nature, the cycles of each year can be awakening. As Socrates knew thousands of years ago:

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

We’re born full of wonder and awe, itching to make sense of everything we encounter. However, it eventually takes work and intention to keep curiosity and wonderment alive, even in life’s dull, dreary, mundane moments. Yet, exerting the effort means we enjoy the benefits of increased interest, texture, splendor, magnificence, and amazement of the sensations offered every single day.

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise compassion and understanding today!

Last week we exchanged Happy Thanksgiving. Now, once again, we’re wishing blessings upon each other as we celebrate several spiritual holy days.  Like years past, we’ll be reading and hearing people concerned about greeting each other with anything but, “Merry Christmas.”  So, once again, please allow me to state that my “Happy Holidays” is not out of political correctness or because I’m sparring against Christmas. It is, as a Christian, out of respect.

From November 1 to January 15 there are approximately 29 holy days observed by 7 of the world’s major religion. And, I don’t think mine are the only ones that count.

People are sincerely not trying to eliminate Christmas, nor are their intentions to force people into not saying “Merry Christmas” – something we say to those we know celebrate the sacred holy day. Using Christ as the model we’re called to be compassionate and respectful, extending love to all.

So, this season let’s behave more like Christ and act with kindness and compassion, and honor others and their journey. Over the next few week, when someone says Happy Holidays please say thank you, because they do not know your beliefs. It’s honestly out of respect, not a war on Christmas.

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise gratitude today!

Tomorrow many Americans will eat turkey, watch football, and avoid talking politics with family and friends. It’s one of those special days that calls us to give thanks. When bowing my head in gratitude I can’t help but think about our choice of two paths: to wait around for that special day, or to treat every day as special.

Perhaps a mindset shift, a settling in of contentment, and the choice to savor that which matter most in our lives will remind us that: Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Rather than thinking of Thanksgiving as a day, we could reframe giving thanks as the way we think about and live our lives. Albert Einstein said it better than I can:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.   

John F. Kennedy spoke of turning thoughts into actions:

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.    John F. Kennedy

Counselor and author Josie Robinson writes:

The simple act of gratitude, consistently, is your invitation to a new life. Accepting the invitation is now up to you. 

As we experience whatever unfolds in our day . . . Today’s the day!  Happy Thanksgiving.

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com