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Seed tomorrow with wise authenticity today!

For years, I’ve heard and read people expressing the importance of being our “authentic self.” Who is that? What is it to be authentic? How do we know when we’re being true to ourselves? Recently, Seth Godin recently wrote:

Perhaps our considered self, the one that shows up when we’re doing our best to be consistent, generous and professional–that’s our authentic self. And the voice that slips out when we’re tired, stressed or busy is simply an incomplete and lesser version of who we actually are.

Yep, my cranky, judgmental, lesser-self feels free and justified to be noisy when I’m fatigued, weary, and not paying attention. As we become the accumulation of the interactions in which we partake and the contributions we make, it makes sense to do so with intentional kindness, generosity, and sincere engagement.

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

Seed tomorrow with wise self-compassion today!

I went to school with Nikki Nanos and almost 50 years later bumped into her at our profession’s annual convention. Turns out she’s a brilliant professional speaker, author, and stage coach, sharing strategies for living a mindful life. Some of her wise words:

When you open the squeaky door of self-judgement and spray it with the oil of self-compassion . . . that’s mindful living.

Think about how easy it is to list all your flaws, those things you want to change. Is it more challenging to identify, acknowledge, and grow the best parts of you?

Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It’s more about being honest with yourself and your relationships with others. A few tips to practice humility include: Spending time sincerely listening to others, practicing mindfulness and focusing on the present moment, being grateful for what you have, asking for help when you need it, seeking feedback from others, reviewing your actions against the language of pride, and ensuring that you don’t always need to be right over being empathic.

It was wonderful to see Nikki again and equally as lovely to see her words in print as I browsed research sites. May we regularly take moments to pick up the oil can and more than mist our self-care skills. Doing so will help more than our own lives.

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 St Patrick wisdom today!

One of the many St. Patrick quotes I contemplate on this green-beer drinking Irish day:

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Stillness and being. A profound combination.

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

Seed tomorrow with wise hope and peace today!

I’ve always been intrigued by the macro / micro concepts of the universe. And, as above, so below adds another layer for me. Last week, Pope Francis made the first ever papal visit to Iraq, which was his first visit outside of the Vatican since the pandemic began.  Leading prayer, surrounded by the rubble of the city of Mosul, he said:

Hope is more powerful than hatred and peace more powerful than war.

Obviously, not words that apply only to Iraq. As in one part of the world, as in all. In this nation that we love, will we remember that peace and hope are worthy of attention, resources, and action to replace animosity, hostility, and combat?

It has been said that one cannot expect world peace when s/he battles with neighbor next door.

What one thing can I do today to expand hope and peace, right here in my small fragment of the universe?

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

Seed tomorrow with wise intentionality today!

The Seven Social Sins, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi:

Wealth without work.

Pleasure without conscience.

Knowledge without character.

Commerce without morality.

Science without humanity.

Worship without sacrifice.

Politics without principle.

As a nation, as humankind, we appear to be drifting deeply into depravity, cavorting with corruption, endorsing inequity, and sanctioning insignificance. If we’re wondering where to begin to turn things around, the list above may be a good start.

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 birthing today!

James Baldwin, an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist wrote:

An old world is dying and a new one, kicking in the belly of its mother, time, announces that it is ready to be born. The birth will not be easy and many of us are doomed to discover that we are exceedingly clumsy midwives.

What’s begging to be born? What would serve us best as an echo of the past and a stimulus for better? The birthing process may not be easy; however, the future calls us to endure the contractions and facilitate the delivery of what it takes to become our individual and collective better selves.

Activist Baldwin reminds us that:

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

We are challenged to stare into the face of our struggles and address them with intelligence, empathy, and grace. No matter how inelegant our doula skills, let’s open opportunities to be brave parents of a better tomorrow.

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 health and happiness today!

Earlier in the week my brother-in-law, a retired doctor, sent me this:

It is a poor government that does not realize that the prolonged life, health and happiness of its people are its greatest asset.

It is possible for a country to become great and sustain significance while creating poverty based on inequity, access and quality of education based on zip code, limited or inability to access effective health care, policies and practices that support injustice, economic structures that ensure wealth for a few and scraps for the majority?

America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.               

  ~ Alexis de Toucqueville

To survive, let alone thrive, it appears we need to look to our collective goodness and revisit the ways in which we live.

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 unplugging today!

The notion of: Life is fast whether you’re wasting time or not has sabotaged any attempt to unwind my entire life and constantly riddled me with guilt into a need of doing at all times. This, my birthday month, is always one of deep reflection. I’m reminded of how grateful I am for another way to think about time, efficiency, and life itself:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it, even you. ~ Anne Lamott

Why was it so hard for me to press pause, unplug and let go of being productive for over 6 decades?!

Today I give myself permission to read those books on the bottom of the pile, take a stab at all kinds of art even when the end result is unsatisfying, do things for the for sheer pleasure of it, let go of concerns and “to dos” for a while, luxuriously ponder without remorse, and indulge in moments of doing absolutely nothing.

During those times that I ran so rapidly through life I not only missed the scenery, sometimes I completely missed where I was going and why. It’s invigorating to stop, relax, and breathe more in.

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, intelligent transformation today!

Is there anyone who did not, with genuine awe, experience the inaugural artistry written and delivered with amazing grace by the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history? 

Amanda Gorman completed her poem “The Hill We Climb,” after watching extremists storm the Capitol, stating, “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen.” Beginning with:

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

Change begins with awareness, acceptance of the truth, and a sincere commitment to transformation. Perhaps, as a nation, we stand at the brink of reformation.

This 22 year old poet reminds us: We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished

We’re simply unfinished. As a nation, we continue to write our story. And, in that process we can lean on, even depend on government to be responsible for holding the pen. However, we share the responsibility in creating a future that holds opportunities for all as we attempt to create the yet completed more perfect union.

When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

Will this republic we share survive? Will we finally begin to listen to the chronicles of generations who have been left out of the great American dream, no matter how hard they’ve tried? Shall we sit in brutal honesty and accept the truth of policies and practices that have restricted specific citizens, marginalizing them, pushing them to the edge of society, not allowing them a place within it. It requires a good amount of us to take a deep and truthful look in our collective mirror for the healing process to have a glimpse of a chance.

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 action today!

Hank Aaron left us last week at the age of 86. He was described as a kind, modest, gentleman who endured severe racism, especially on his journey to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. This would have been a glorious time for most players, moving toward achieving a dream. Instead, he was booed on the field and couldn’t go anywhere without security, constantly worried about his family because of all the death threats.

When asked, “How do you want to be remembered, he talked of being a husband, father and grandfather, then continued:

God gave me the talent to play the game. And, I did everything humanly possible to play the game as it was supposed to be played.

I pray that the white supremacists that we’re seen surface over the last few years, committing horrific acts, including the storming of our own White House, armed with ammunition, lynching ropes, and handcuffs are only a sliver of our population. However, I fear too many are unable or unwilling to acknowledge their white privilege, condemn the actions of such hate, and involve themselves in helping to make things better.

Step number one to change is awareness.  The wake-up call has been loud and clear for too long. It’s time. It’s beyond time.

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