Archive for August, 2009

I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t heard some version of Aldous Huxley’s words:

Experience is not what happens to a person. It is what a person does with what happens to him.

So, we’ve heard the words. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you that matters. However, do we live them? In the midst of a challenge do you ask yourself what lesson is imbedded in the mess? I can’t say I always view a tough time as a gift. Yet, in retrospect, my defining moments have come from difficult, demanding and often daunting moments. So, today, how about if we choose to practice non-judgment of whatever happens. And, responsibly translate those experiences into something beneficial . . . and let time help us make even more sense of it.

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Remember Nelson Mandela’s stirring inaugural speech? A grateful nation and an entire world stood in sacred silence as he spoke words the soul knows to be true. If you remember, you probably recall this part of his message:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure . . . As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.

Today, let’s stand in our power and honor its ability to extend goodness in the world.

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Jana Stanfield, musician, professional speaker and exceptional human with a voice touched by the essence of angels, travels the world to bring her inner beauty, wisdom and joy to places that lack food, education and water. Asked why she has chosen this path, she responds:

I may not do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do.

Today, let’s place ourselves at the foot of Earth and determine the good we can do, then DO it!

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Remember a day (or several) when you just couldn’t get yourself to do what you knew you needed to do? When you have another one of those days (and chances are you will) you may want to remember what Andrew Carnegie wrote to induce some enthusiastic action:

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.

Ouch. Today, I’ll activate the talents I have and put them to good use. I promise . . . how about you?

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