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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)

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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)

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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)

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Wednesday Wisdom

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)

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Wednesday Wisdom

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)

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise reflection today!

Viola Davis – what a fierce force! I’m mesmerized by her work. As a master of her craft, she continually does her work to take the art form to an entirely new level.

In a recent interview, she spoke of being raised on a plantation, a family of sharecropper, living in extreme poverty. When the interviewer asked her if she ever looked back upon herself as a young girl she responded:

She is with me EVERY single day to remind me that life is to be celebrated. I think about that little girl every time I open the refrigerator, flush a toilet, turn on hot water or put on a robe . . . the elixir is living a life that is bigger than you. And, if you’re not doing that, you’re doing nothing.

Her competency as an actor is not the only thing that amazes and inspires me.

                                             

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise continuation of good today!

Last week, Congressman, Freedom Rider and tireless advocate for others, John Lewis was laid to rest. Raised on a plantation, he, his parents and sibling lived long days, picking other people’s cotton.

At a young age, John, who didn’t take to farming, would hide under the front porch and beeline for the school bus when it made its stop. His mom, Willie Mae, supporting his intellectual curiosity told him, Once you get something in your head no one can take it away from you. So, learn he did.

Before passing, he wrote an article that was published the day of his funeral, entitled Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation. In it he wrote:

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression over war.

Calling us to action in his eulogy, former President Barack Obama spoke:

Our country is a constant work in progress, to create a more perfect union . . . take up the unfinished work of the past.

Justice, inclusion, equity . . . It’s now our turn.


 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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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise re-thinking today!

I don’t know who wrote this or I would give credit for words well written about a thought worth thinking:

Nothing should go back to normal.  Normal wasn’t working.

If we go back to the way things were, we will have lost the lesson.

May we rise up and do better

Collectively rise up . . . It’s time.

 

                                                                   

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise re-thinking today!

Arundhati Roy writes:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or, we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And, ready to fight for it.

It’s time.

                                                                   

 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

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise beauty-seeking today!

I wince as I read some of young Anne Frank’s words:

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Words written by a teenage girl who kept a diary while she and seven others hid from Nazis in confined spaces for 2 years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps. Yet today, some complain about physical distancing and wearing a mask to protect others – shame on us.

And, in the midst of anguish, fear and real danger, she wrote:

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

While remaining intentional to contribute what I can to address the current realities of a pandemic, bias, discrimination, and injustice . . .  I breathe in that advice.


 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 www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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