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Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise spirit today!

‘Tis the season for warm wishes. We received a greeting card that 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, love to forgive, and peace upon the 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 respect today!

It’s that time of the year again for increased kindness, joy, giving, and thoughtfulness (if only we could do that all year round!).  I’m a practicing Christian and celebrate the sacredness of Christmas. However, if I do not know the faith of another when I extend holiday wishes, I respectfully say, Happy Holidays, since there are approximately 29 holidays observed by 7 of the world’s major religions between November 1 and January 24.

When someone says ‘Happy Holidays’ it is not to be politically correct nor is it a war on Christmas. It’s called respect.

May we all be reverent with our way of worship and not diminish or dismiss any holy day, rather allow all to honor their own.

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 inner work today!

How many times have you heard: We’re all in this together!

Nelson Mandela understood this as he addressed the nation in his inaugural speech (excerpts):

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long,

must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

The time for the healing of the wounds has come.

The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.

The time to build is upon us.

We understand that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation,

for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Echoing Marianne Williamson’s words, Mandela reminded us:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Our inner work affects our families, communities, nations, and the world.  May we remain present, kind, and in the learning mode, remembering that we’re all in this together.

One person’s awakening will enlighten countless others.   ~ Shinto Ito

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise blessings today!

Every year, deep reflection starts with Thanksgiving as I examine the year I’ve lived and imagine the one that is around the corner. The following, A Franciscan Benediction, is a prayer that consistently keeps me grounded, on purpose, and recalibrates my perspective:


May God bless you with discomfort…
Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
Discomfort, so that you will live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger…
Anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
Anger, so that you will work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears…
Tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, starvation and war,
Tears, so that you will reach out to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.

And, may God bless you with foolishness…
Foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
Foolishness, so that you will do what others claim cannot be done.


And, to that I say Amen.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise thanksgiving today!

This has been a different year, challenging most of us month-after-month, and for many, the most devastating time of their life. Yet, tomorrow, most of us will bow our heads in sincere gratitude for the life we have the luxury of living. A life that offers us an opportunity to think about the people who have encouraged, supported, and in many cases, sustained us in moments that felt too heavy for us to carry ourselves. It’s a good day to remember Albert Schweitzer’s words:

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us

I, like most of you, cherish people in my life who have helped to define me, redefine me, and supported my transcendence beyond my own definition. Tomorrow, I will begin and end my day with prayers of thanks to who lend me their light to find my own inner strength and to the courage they have offered to help me to move beyond my limitations.

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 tending today

I saw this sign posted in the window of a business yesterday and immediately thought “how appropriate:”

A miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden, rather than fight over the Turf.

May nurturing begin as soon as possible!

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise understanding today

The drama of our elections, the divide amongst fellow Americans, and the seeming unwillingness or inability to work together to address issues continues. In our moments of emotion may we remember something a cousin shared with me last week:

Be careful not to dehumanize people you disagree with. In our self-righteousness, we can easily become the very thing we dislike in others.  ~ Marc and Angel

And, a friend, who is also a pastor shared this:

We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding.

It doesn’t look like agreement about much is around the corner so, as we walk down this road of disagreement, can we please commit to being civil, respectful and at least attempt to explore solutions together? Otherwise, how can we possibly sustain our nation’s two centuries of work toward one nation, indivisible . . . attempting to create a more perfect union?

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise behaviors today

Okay, it’s deep breathing time. Although there are speculations of what we might expect life to be like in these United States for the next four years, we all know the importance of supporting the ballot counting process to ensure accuracy. The final announcement will take time and will not be easily accepted by many. Some may have to work hard not to act how they feel. It is such times that call for deep breaths, discipline, and the ability to intelligently manage desperate disappointment. Many disagree with friends and family members who hold opposing views. Our resolve must therefore be even more disciplined.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.

Today, it’s best to decide who you will be once the results are announced and resolve to respond with grace whether your candidate is selected or not. Our sanity, civility, and the soul of the nation depend on it.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise decisions today

In my youth I heard: Voting is a civic sacrament. That notion has stayed with me ever since.

In record numbers, many of us have already cast our ballots; however, in case you haven’t, please consider Sharon Salzberg’s words:

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.

Or, Susan B. Anthony’s: Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.  

And, then there’s Plato:

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

While making our voices heard at the polls and receiving the results that follow, please allow me to request that we demonstrate the character of this nation we honor and love by our respectful, patient, and safe behaviors. As public safety departments prepare for the worst, let’s revisit ourselves as the nation once held in high esteem throughout the world and let them observe people behaving their best.

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

Wednesday Wisdom

Seed tomorrow with wise decency today

This week, seething with disgust, frustration, befuddlement, and anger watching non-stop tortuous political rhetoric, I was reminded of Maya Angelou’s words:

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

Our national culture is in trouble, big trouble. We’ve moved beyond division into plans to kidnap, try, and execute Governors and yelling “lock her up” at rallies. We’ve moved beneath dignity by reckless and dangerous attacks of our generals, department heads, departments, and services of our once honored US government. We’ve moved to new lows, calling the free press “the enemy of the people.” We’ve moved away from facts and science and criticize our world respected scientists like Dr. Fauci despite their lifetime commitment to public health and their work to keep us alive through a pandemic.

When our leaders cannot use behaviors that represent our culture as decent, noble, and collaborative, we must, with specific intent, treat each other with decency, honor and respect, demonstrating the true nature of the character of our nation.

Please, be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful and articulate about differences. Debate with civility and be open to listening and learning.  Please, for the sake of our nation, be the change, NOW!

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

Learn Lavishly. Live Significantly. Leave a Legacy.

Visit www.The Success Studio.com  
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Marilynn Semonick, CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)
Educator, Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker