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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!

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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 re-thinking today!

As grateful as I am for access to information about creating a better future, I often feel bombarded and somewhat overwhelmed as I sort through indispensable parts of history that were not commonly included in our learning process. Today’s call for reckoning with our past causes me to explore my own internal biases and examine potential actions that can be taken to collectively create a better tomorrow for all. There’s a lot to take in, process, and act upon. That said:

In an age of information ignorance is a choice.  ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza

An intense amount to learn, discern, and comprehend. A time to continue to listen, educate ourselves, and increase our awareness and compassion as we collectively march toward understanding that can enable us to create together. Dragging our past, constrained consciousness into the future will diminish our ability to rise above and do better.    

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 kindness today!

Like many, this pandemic has certainly tested my patience, frustrated my moral compass, and befuddled my sense of humanity. Recently, skimming through some of my old journals, I ran across this note which felt like serendipity:

The real test is being kind to unkind people.

 I have failed this quiz more times than I want to admit.  For me, this one is hard, really hard. Thank goodness, I’m surrounded by people who seem to be wired to handle such unkindness with grace and elegance. So, I’ll breathe more deeply, observe more attentively, and take longer pauses before responding and as I encounter people who use behaviors that seem selfishly callous during a time that requires the opposite.

                                                                    

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 behaviors today!

Decades ago, during years of crisis, Sir Winston Churchill famously told his nation:

It’s not enough that we do our best, sometimes we have to do what is required.

To date, I haven’t spoken with one person who is excited about physical distancing, home isolation, wearing a mask, or missed work; however, unusual times require unusual responses.

It may be inconvenient, annoying, worrisome, or monotonous to follow the guidelines loudly recommended by science; however, the individual and collective behaviors we use today create our future results.

So, step up to the plate and do your share to keep yourself and others safe and comfortable.  We can use this cocooning time to bitch, moan, whine, and complain, or reflect, relax, regenerate and reinvigorate ourselves for what is awaiting us on the other side of this mess. Your choice. But, please remember that your choice affects others.

 

 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 history telling today!

I just watched the unveiling of the Women’s Rights Pioneers statue in Central Park, the FIRST statue of real women in the 843 acres abundant with memorials. Since our daughter and her family live across the street from the park, Gramma and Grampa and our two beautiful grandsons recreate in the playground every time we’re in NYC. Our next visit will hopefully be sooner than later so we can stand in reverence before this tribute.

History isn’t what happens, it’s who tells the story.

Many are working diligently through power struggles, protests, and pain to turn pages in a new chapter of our collective past. I’m indebted to live in an era that is beginning to acknowledge the contributions of many who have been omitted, disregarded, unheard, or silenced until now.

                                                        

 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 responsibility today!

The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy. Yet, the issue of voting rights in the United States, particularly the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of specific groups, has been contested throughout our nation’s history.

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the legal right to vote. It took decades before all women were actually able to exercise that right and one hundred years later we continue to work to ensure voting rights for all citizens. Yet, there a some who elect not to cast their ballot . . . really?  Sigh.

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

We have just over two months to prepare ourselves to vote. Yes, prepare. Read, research, get your head in the game, search for truth, challenge your thinking, and understand what’s at stake.  Each and every vote matters – the responsible and the reckless, the intelligently researched as well as the willingly ignorant, the ones consciously cast for the greater good and those focused on self-centered interests – they all matter.  Now is the time to prepare. Our democracy depends on it.

                                                           

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