Archive for May, 2009

When asked about the power of intention, Caroline Myss, author of several books, including Anatomy of a Spirit, responded, intention is essential; however:

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.

Darn. I’d much rather think myself into the future than have to get off my seat, move and DO something! Wouldn’t you? However, haven’t you experienced the victory of intentional work and the frustration and regret of aiming with no action? Perhaps today’s the day to take one small step into your intentional future . . .

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The interviewer shoved the microphone in his face and asked, “You look like you have it all. Is there anything missing?” With no hesitation, the Frenchman responded:

I came here with nothing. No language, no money, no anything . . . and look at my life now. This America is truly the greatest country in the world.
– Gilles Marlini, actor & finalist on Dancing with the Stars

With gratitude, this man from the other side of the globe recognizes the States as rich soil of opportunity to plant and grow a life worth living. You stand on the same dirt. How are you tilling and toiling your garden of abundance? What are you weeding out of your life that holds you back? What are you fertilizing regularly to reap a hearty harvest?

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January 15th of this year, 58 year old Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III skillfully landed US Airways flight 1549 into the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers and crew members in the process. When asked how it did it, he explained:

For 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in the bank of experience, education and training. And, on January 15 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.

According to Sully, regular deposits of experience, education and training are critical, since you never know when you’ll be called upon to apply yourself. So I ask myself: What are you deliberately doing to learn & bank your experiences so they can translate into wisdom and elegant application when you need them?

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I received a good amount of feedback about last week’s message honoring the remarkable Jackie Robinson on his 60th anniversary in Major league baseball. Apparently, many of you are equally as moved by his legacy. Most important: he didn’t just think about having a life that mattered, Jackie put flesh on his words and made them come alive with his actions.

The next time you hesitate to take action, you may want to remember something else Jackie said:

Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.

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