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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise living today!

This week, while digging through information about the creative process, Carl Jung’s words leaped off the page and slapped me up-side the head:

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. (I’ll add, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.)

 Ouch!  And, written by one of my heroes!  Double ouch. The choice to semi-retire has been remarkably relaxing and has allowed me to ease into a contentment not previously experienced. However, it’s also been a seductive vehicle for a bit of complacency and passivity around experiencing a fully-lived life. So, my questions begin:

  • Who is it I long to become? (We’re never too old to contemplate this one)
  • What do I really crave from life? What yearnings are starved for attention?
  • What dreams have never seen the light of day?
  • Where do I hunger to contribute, yet am harassed by hesitation?
  • Before I leave Earth, what do I really want to experience?
  • What legacy will I leave to linger in the minds of those I love?

Best question of all: What is life asking of me?

As I prepare for my next 365 day journey around the sun, I contemplate these questions and more  . . .  you may want to consider a few as well.

Hell is when who you are meets who you could have been. ~ Ben Franklin

 

 

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

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise discernment today

Most of us have heard, history repeats itself. And, that statement is typically coupled with, when we don’t learn from history. Yet, we continue to replicate patterns that result in less than admirable or honorable behaviors. Before we began to mark time by The Christ’s birth, this notion was already shared  (Virgil, 70 BC – 19 BC):

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

When will we learn? Today, constant communication, especially social media, has made it remarkably easy to run campaigns grounded in alternative facts, propaganda and outright lies to accomplish self-serving outcomes, at the expense of our dignity, principles, and sense of decency.

Let’s be clear about a culture’s ability to cross the boundaries of morality, because, collectively, our toes are playing too close to the margins. We live in times of critical transitions. Each of us has the responsibility to dig deeper, fact-check and make decisions based on truth, grounded in facts. Hard work, yes; however, also necessary.

 

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

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise truth telling today

The daughter of an aristocrat, Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell (1887 – 1964) became a well-known and controversial writer and poet in her day. Her work evoked a lot of conversation and her flat became a meeting place for young writers, including Dylan Thomas and Denton Welch. This sentence may help us understand why her words had people talking:

The public will believe anything as long as it’s not founded in truth. 

This notion has never pierced my soul as painfully as it has recently. May we return to the essence of truth and insist on it as the foundation of our decision making. For, without truth, who are we?

 

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

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise giving today

In an unusual moment, I wrote today’s Wednesday Wisdom early (Monday), with thoughts of all who lost their lives with Kobe Bryant weighing heavy in my heart. And, in error, published it immediately rather than posting it for today. So, my thinking and writing skills will work overtime this week. Allow me to take this opportunity to express missing my husband, Curt who is in Bangladesh on a medical mission, joining our son-in-law, Blake and his father, Jim.

Excited about the experiences that await them, I’ve been reflecting upon the thoughts of others who have expressed the power of giving:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.   ~ Winston Churchill

No one has ever become poor by giving.  ~ Anne Frank

We rise by lifting others.  ~ Robert Ingersoll

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.  ~ Jim Rohn

As much as I’m looking forward to their safe return, I’m grateful for their contribution to the lives of others.

 

 

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!!  

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

Visit www.The Success Studio.com
www.marilynnsemonick.com

To subscribe to Wednesday Wisdom or to read archived postings visit:  http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com
Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise legacy living today

Listening to the tragic news of Kobe Bryant and his fellow flight passenger’s passing, the journalist said:

Bryant was truly a cultural king of Los Angeles; an inspiration and a cultural king.

I did not closely follow basketball nor its heroes, so I know little about Kobe’s accomplishments (other than he was an exceptional father) or about attributes negative people would (and will) state about him. However, I do know about and have experience with the immense work and impact of cultural change. When an organization decides to intentionally transform the environment within its people work, it takes on the most difficult and challenging change process. Structural, strategic, organizational, technological, personnel . . . you name the change – all are less daunting and the success of each are dependent on the current culture.

For one person to be a cultural king by living a life observed by many is worth noting. How do I/you impact the small communities within which we live, work, and play every day? How do our behaviors impact others and define the legacy we will leave?  How intentionally are we living day-to-day? Questions worth answering while our feet still walk Earth.

 

 

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!!  

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

Visit www.The Success Studio.com
www.marilynnsemonick.com

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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 daring today

In the beginning of a new decade, it’s worth contemplating Dr. Brene Brown’s words:

It is worse to spend your life on the OUTSIDE looking IN, wondering IF, than it is to TRY and dare greatly and risk the chance of failure. DARE GREATLY; get in the arena and try.

Turn the page, pick up the pen, and write the next courageous passage to an adventurous chapter in the story of your life!

 

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

Visit www.The Success Studio.com
www.marilynnsemonick.com

To subscribe to Wednesday Wisdom or to read archived postings visit:  http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com
Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise living today

 ~ Note to Self ~   You’re not too old and it’s not too late.

Let’s make 2020 a year we’ll look back upon with a smile!

 

Life is calling . . .  Today’s the day . . . Make this moment matter!! 

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

Visit www.The Success Studio.com
www.marilynnsemonick.com

To subscribe to Wednesday Wisdom or to read archived postings visit:  http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com
Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

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