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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise freedom today!

As we approach BBQs, fireworks, and pool parties to celebrate our Independence, I ask that we contemplate the essence of real freedom. Does it mean “we” get to have and do what we want, “rightfully” imposing our values on others in the name of good intentions?

I struggle with some American’s desire to protect their children from the sins of our past, angered at the thought of sharing truths that are a factual part of our history. Too many, including children suffered (and still do) at the hands of those who forced their “freedom” on others.

Across the US, from 1819 to 1969, our Native American children at more than 400 boarding schools suffered physical and sexual abuse, solitary confinement, malnourishment, and more. The findings, released in a federal report in May, 2022 concluded that a number of the schools were responsible for the deaths of at least 500 children, uncovering roughly 50 burial sites. Officials expect the numbers to increase. The analysis is the first comprehensive historical review of the school system. Truth matters.

The federal residential school system was designed to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American society, upon the solid foundation of “American Christian values.” Schools often utilized militaristic approaches in an effort to overwrite native identities.

How will our next generation benefit from not knowing about bigotry, racism, abuse, lynchings, lack of access to education, banking, voting, and a boatload more? Those miserably abused deserve to, at least, to have those sins not repeated.

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.   ~ Virginia Woolf

This July 4th, I’ll take time to pause long enough to think about freedom for all, especially freedom from abuse, executed by those in control.

And, in our contemplation of liberty, the Constitution, and leadership’s responsibility to uphold the law and demonstrate behaviors we value as Americans, let’s responsibly examine the data being presented in January 6th hearings and ponder Abraham Lincoln’s words, before it’s too late:

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Let freedom ring . . .

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 example today!

An old English proverb states:  A good example is the best sermon

Happiest of birthdays to a man who I’ve been blessed to experience through his behavioral homilies on a daily basis for almost 60 years. His empathy, support, optimism, and unconditional love translates into the existence of a remarkable human and respectfully adored husband, father, uncle, friend and grampa.

Praying to learn from your example for many, many more blessed years, Curt. Happy Birthday!

What do you model for those who surround you?

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 abundance today!

I’m continuously intrigued by people who lived centuries before us who understood a wisdom still relevant and needed today. Jean Antoine Petit-Senn, a Swiss novelist, poet, singer, editor, and politician was born in 1792 and left us with this message:

Not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.

What is it that you wrap your arms around, invest your time and energy to, and cherish as valuable that defines your plenty, richness, or wealth?

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Seed tomorrow with wise success today!

Rethinking, reframing, and re-defining all seem to be part of the maturing process. Matt Damon’s comment causes me to stop for a moment and ponder the last 7 decades of my life:

Success is the process itself.

In the first half of life I distinctly I remember wishing for the wisdom and results of someone significantly older than me. I now realize the essence of Matt’s words. It’s the experience of recalibrating from mis-steps, bad judgements, and outright mistakes, as well as the triumphs in between that lead to a well lived life.

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Seed tomorrow with wise time investment today!

How can it possibly be June already???!!! I sit and wonder where February went. Then, I remember it’s the “sitting” I haven’t done enough of in 2022; therefore, time has escaped on rapid wings. Today, I sit, relax into life, and meditate on the wonder and awe of life itself. Then, open my eyes to the first day of June.

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. ~ Harvey Mckay

So, I contemplate the words of J.R.R. Tolkien:

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. 

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Seed tomorrow with wise bravery and kindness today!

I’ve been intrigued while reading about the life of Amelia Earhart. A true pioneer of aviation, she was and remains an inspiration, for her bravery and determination, her modern outlook on life, and her shining personality. Being a spectator of life was never an option for her:

There’s more to life than being a passenger.

Walter J. Boyne, the former director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, wrote, Amelia Earhart came perhaps before her time… the smiling, confident, capable, yet compassionate human being, is one of which we can all be proud.

Let me leave you with Ms. Earhart’s words:

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. 

Today’s a good day to throw out some roots!

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

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Seed tomorrow with wise being today!

Who hasn’t inquired within about their true essence, searched for their mission and meaning, or yearned to discover their reason for being? Although the essential journey to understand and accept oneself may take a lifetime, Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar offers us this notion:

I found my place when I stopped looking for it.  

Perhaps an indispensable part of our discovery is in the doing. Increasing attention while changing diapers, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, gardening, laboring at doing your best work . . . being engaged in the fullness of life.

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 growing today!

Life isn’t always easy, nor pleasant or lovely. Growth is accompanied by obstacles, challenges, annoyances, and often confusion.

When you’re in a dark place, you sometimes think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted.  Bloom.

As the solitude of winter departs and we welcome the season of birth, we too can blossom into a better version of ourselves with intention, focus, and action. Bring it on, Spring!

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 peacemaking today!

The increase of conflict, hate, and war is overwhelming to more than a few of us. In the middle of feeling powerless, impotent, and helpless I attempt to remember the small, yet powerful part each of us plays in any hope of a cosmic shift.

It’s not like we don’t have others ways to live together on Earth, because we do. How can we expect world peace when we consistently battle with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and for some, strangers, turning others into enemies?

Collective shifts aren’t impossible; they’re the stuff that history is made of.  ~ Marianne Williamson

A civilization heals itself much like an individual does. First, we need to be honest about that which dwells in our hearts. When feeling powerless in changing the world, start by changing ourselves.

I continue to remind myself that it doesn’t take the majority of a system to change for it to slant in another direction. So, we need to ask: What can be done today to be a part of the tipping point?

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 transformation today!

In the midst of discontent and dysfunction, showing up as the intentional destruction of communities, people, culture, and honor in the Ukraine, Easter contemplation and prayer call me to, once again, drown myself spiritual writings, including in the Course of Miracles. To understand the text with depth, Marianne Williamson offers some translations:

 . . . we can’t save the world from its insanity when we’re holding onto it ourselves.

The world is a reflection of who we have been. The world of the future will reflect who we choose to become. We ourselves, each of us, must become the change, and that is the resurrection.

We must be willing to be reborn into another, higher version of ourselves, in order to pull off the miracle of planetary transformation.

Look around and you might agree with me . . . we are in desperate need of a planetary miracle.

Jesus wasn’t putting on some macabre show for the world to witness; he was changing the molecular structure of the universe. He was opening up possibilities for change not only for himself but for all the world. Even those of us who do not relate to his story as Christians, can relate to the metaphysical power of the resurrection and to its transformative effect upon our lives. Any one person breaking the hold of darkness paves the way for everyone to break the hold of darkness.

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

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