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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise spirit today!

‘Tis the season to wish everyone joy, love and peace. A time to give thanks and to deeply appreciate the blessings that surrounds us. A greeting card I received states it well:

The spirit of the season is a sweet, internal peace that affirms the power of kindness and charity. It is simply an honest spirit of love for all humanity, the force that moves us to give what we can, to help as we are able, and to always be of kind comfort.


I pray for joy in our hearts, hope in our collective consciousness, the compassion to forgive, and love to create peace on Earth.

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

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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)

Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker

Marilynn@marilynnsemonick.com

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise thinking today!

Whoever wrote this understands the human quandary many of us skirmish with:

Don’t judge yourself by your past. You don’t live there anymore.

As we celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary, I cringe as I remember who I was as a young bride. And, give daily thanks for the role model I’ve learned from over the decades.  Curt’s patience, support, kindness, and example as he lives life (even when it gets tough) has fundamentally transformed who I am. 

Blessed, truly blessed. Who do respect and admire in your life? Who can you learn from by simply observing?  Who is learning from you?

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise hearts today!

Yesterday, in between eating oysters, we roamed in and out of unique shops in New Orleans. Reading this on a poster caught my attention and yanked at my soul:

Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

So true, so simple, so sensible.  So, why is it so hard?

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise burden lightening today!

My brother sent me this story of the author, Charles Dickens. Reading it immediately brought additional meaning to his work. When he was 12 years old, he labored in a shoe polish factory while his father was in debtor’s prison. Like many of us, his childhood experiences set the course for the rest of his life. Remembering messages in masterpieces like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and my favorite, A Christmas Carol, one can feel his passion for exposing the social and economic suffering of the lower class in 19th-century London.

This line from his last 1865 novel, Our Mutual Friend, speaks to all of us who have ever questioned our purpose:

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.

Over 150 years later the point is still profoundly relevant. Helping others, especially those in need, is perhaps more than meaningful. Perhaps, it’s the path toward a fulfilled life.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise voting selection today!

As we prepare to vote next week, I yearn for and research candidates who just might execute Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s message:   

I think it will take people, true patriots, on both sides of the aisle to say ‘enough of this nonsense, we should work together for the good of the people of the United States.’  ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As irrational as it seems, I hunger for less divisiveness, ache for us to no longer accept lies or manipulation for self-interest, covet a purge from ‘what’s best for my party’ and long for some collaboration around ‘what’s best for our country and its citizens.’  If not, how long can our republic survive? These questions simmer as I continue to research my best candidate selection.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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