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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise reading today!

Elections are upon us.   

Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.

And, in today’s world, reading and research have become more complicated. With a plethora of intentionally distributed lies and purposefully twisted spins on facts, one must diligently and carefully seek out the truth. Challenging work; however, please dig for accurate information, then vote as if our democracy depends on it . . .  because it does.

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 grace and elegance today!

Yesterday, we would have celebrated my sweet mother and her twin sister’s 100 years on Earth. Oh, the lessons the two of them left for their 12 children! Mom and Aunt Helen walked in elegance, respect, dignity, honor, compassion, and grace. I remember mom regularly saying There’s no excuse for rudeness.

Too often, when I was young and angry that mom didn’t stand up for herself when mean or disrespectful behaviors were aimed at her, she replied with something like: 

Being strong doesn’t mean fighting back, it means working to understand and remaining your kind self. What’s the benefit in using the other’s behaviors you’re appalled by? Never let another person govern your behavior or define who you are. That’s your work.

Her quiet observations, minimal words, and constant, graceful responses still echo loudly in my head.  Happy, happy heavenly birthday to two exceptional women whose legacies still live profoundly within the behaviors of many who knew them and learned to appreciate their rare grace.

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

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise leadership selection today!

November elections are right around the corner. It’s time to make decisions about leadership and policy. While doing your research, consider ancient notions from Tao and Zen:

Don’t confuse power with leadership.

The wise do not need to have power over others to lead.

Wise leaders show the way by example.

They focus on reducing hatred, anger, and fear.

They understand the wisdom of compassion and the power of love.

Do your research and, in November, vote like our democracy depends on it.  Because it does.

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 http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise creation today!

I’ve been re-reading and reflecting upon Glenna Doyle’s work recently and she’s given me several things to pause and think about.  Here’s one:

If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse the worry about whether you’re good enough. Just do it.

Like me, perhaps your life has been more focused on the product than on the process. Since my semi-retirement and renewed efforts in artistic endeavors, the results of my attempts have been substantially less than stellar. However, the act of experiencing their creation has made a splendid difference in the way I embrace life itself. I can see progress with each piece I produce, yet am most delighted about my ability to finally let go of the focus on the final product and to enjoy the act of creating.

Okay, I’ll admit that many of my pieces look like our grandchildren were the creators. However, they still make me smile when I glance at them.

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 blessings today!

After relaxing while taking in the sunset over magnificent Lake Michigan with the love of my life, I read this and thought ahhhh . . .

In a society that has us counting money, calories, pounds, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead.  ~ Lisa Heckman

Refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing  . . . real.

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 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 reflections today!

Yesterday was the birthday of our first born and next week is the birthday of our last born. For us, September is an annual receptacle of sacred. Reflecting upon their birth and the magnificent women they have become, serendipity struck as I picked up a book and read:

Your greatest contribution to the universe may not be something you do, but someone you raise.

Curt and I agree that these two make Earth better because they graciously, gracefully and with great decency and responsibility walk on it as compassionate humans. I have no idea why we were so blessed; however, we are beyond grateful for experiencing them as our daughters.

As both begin another glorious journey around the sun, I pray their paths are wildly abundant with all that matters most.

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.  ~ Emily Dickinson

Birthdays are a great time to pause, reflect, appreciate, and begin again. Each year, compounded with our past experiences offers us the opportunity to alter the way we view each new day, influencing how we understand and respond to everything and everyone, from the simplest routines to the complex, and to the unexpected events in our world. A process to embrace, learn from, and enjoy. May we all remember to celebrate and apprise life day by day, year by year. 

PS: All of us were born an original. May we not die a redundant copy. 

HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday Courtney and Amanda!

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

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise memories today!

To keep things in perspective and maintain some sense of wholeheartedness, I attempt to live this Taoist teaching:

If you erase all the mistakes of your past, you would also erase all the wisdom of your present.

Remember the lesson, not the disappointment.

Perhaps, like me, you have a propensity to give attention to the “bad” stuff which diminishes focus and reflection on indispensable learning. Today, I remember.  May I remember again tomorrow!

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 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 promising and delivery today!

This message is late since internet service has finally been restored after losing it last night. Having power, I turned on the TV to catch up on the news while writing this message to ironically view a commercial about our internet/TV provider – the only one available in our area, or I would certainly change. We’ve lost internet service more than a dozen times this year.

Frustrated, annoyed, and disgusted I, once again, viewed the huge disconnect between marketing and reality. What’s the benefit of advertising excellence then delivering far less than mediocre? Early in my practice an elder told me to always:

Promise less, deliver more.

Great advice for any one or any organization that serves others.

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 http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise care and compassion today!

Ward Foley, author of Thank My Lucky Stars, was born with multiple birth defects and little chance to live. If that was not enough, he was severely burnt by a deep fryer, scorned and beaten, and almost killed by a drunk driver. Decades of surgeries, ridicule, agony, and humiliation he writes,

We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad.

To help children, Foley created Scarman, a doll on which they can draw their own scars, with the hope that they might accept and love themselves just the way they are.

His message of courage, hope, support, and unconditional love is one that vibrates through the molecules of humanity in what feels like a call to edit our collective DNA. May we become better at caring, connecting, accepting, and extending respect and compassion to each and every human we encounter.

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

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise thinking today!

I live in Michigan and was beyond saddened, unfortunately, not shocked; however, beyond saddened to read a report Monday morning of Roy Thorne. He, his son, and his real estate agent were handcuffed by police while the agent was showing them a house in my home state. Mr. Thorne said it was yet another incident of the risks Black and Brown people assume just by doing, what many call, normal things.

If you see a crime, report a crime. But if you see people — Black people, any minority — don’t report people doing normal things.   ~ Roy Thorne

Those of us who do not consistently experience such disrespect, mistreatment, and abuse may easily dismiss the call to change. Let’s not.

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

Visit http://www.The Success Studio.com . . . Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

www.marilynnsemonick.com

To read archived Wednesday Wisdoms visit http://www.thesuccessstudio.wordpress.com

Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

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