What are the benefits of new beginnings?

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My first day at my new career was yesterday.  I think the fact that I woke up at 3:30 AM to catch my flight had a play in some of the emotions I felt yesterday (sleep deprivation, heavy eye syndrome, etc).  I also noticed feeling excited, nervous, uncertain, and blessed.  It was a lot to take in!!!

As I woke up this morning I noticed that I again felt a peace and excitement for this opportunity. Today I am grateful for new beginnings, because these new beginnings stretch me, push me, and assist me in being the person I truly want to be.

 

 

Family…it is what life is all about

I try to keep my Saturday’s and Sunday’s as the days I devote to my family.  They are the center of my world and the reason why I do everything I do.

As I spend my last day with my family before a big new adventure, I have been thinking how important family is in the grand scheme of life.  We spend so much time at work, pursuing education, an other amazing and worthwhile activities…but at the end of the day…what do we do it for?  For me…it is for my family!

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I hope everyone has a great day and simply enjoys their family, whatever that looks like.

Do you love what you do???

As I get ready to start a new opportunity in a few weeks, I have found myslef looking at the lessons learned and the growth that I have expereinced over the last few years.  It has been rewarding to see where I am today compared to where I was a few years ago.

I came across this quote from Steve Jobs that illustrates how I am feeling about this new opportunity.  This quote is applicable in so many ways, and one of my goals is to live my life in this manner.

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The question to think about over the weekend:  Do you love what you do?  For me this new opportunity will allow me to do what I love to do…hope you do as well 🙂

What to do with new opportunities?

I was presented with a opportunity today and of course it has been on my mind all morning.  As I was getting situated at work for the day I came across the quote below from Richard Branson

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The lesson for me from this quote…Life is going to give you opportunities, and they have the potential to push and stretch you beyond what you feel you are capable of.  But, if you never take these opportunities…you will never know what you are truly capable of.

What opportunities have you been offered lately?  What would happen if you said YES to them?  

It it going to be a great week…full of opportunities 🙂

Where are the answers????

I have shared some thoughts around this idea before, but over the last week I have had the opportunity to experience this idea/principle again as I work to answer some of my own questions.  I am interested in getting your thoughts around this idea

The answers to all questions lie within

What do you think?  How does this question resonate with you?

“A high conscious person does not enter into any relationship thinking that he/she has the answers for the other person.  This idea would put the power of the relationship in the wrong hands.  The wisdom of the ages is accessible to everyone, and yet, few know how to access this information.” – unconventional wisdom.

 

We are all perfect…just the way we are

This week I am studying the following principle:  “Each one of us is a perfect, unique, energy force.”

We live in a world full of Judgement and comparison.  It seems that a lot of us are not happy or content until we reach a certain income, look a certain way, or achieve a certain status.  This principle allows us to let go of all the judgments and comparing and simple LIVE according to our definition of perfection.  The quote below really drives this idea/principle home for me.

“Remembering our true state is perfect, regardless of what we think, say or do, releases self-condemnation and frees us up to really live.  Great [People] love themselves and their clients unconditionally.  We are never afraid to let our light shine, as we know that this is a beacon for others to embrace.  Remember, the definition of perfection is unique, unto itself.  Relax, You’re already perfect!” – Unconventional Wisdom

What are you thoughts on this topic?

Who do I want to be?…Lessons from my 3 year old son

I was listening to  a talk on my way to work this morning.  In the talk the speaker said something that hit me, and reminded me of the power that my thoughts have on my life.  She said, “What I focus on expands inside of me.” 

As I contemplated this simple thought and compared it to the principle I have been studying this week “Each moment describes who you are, and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be”, I realized again that I do have the opportunity to decide who I want to be in EVERY SITUATION.  What I focus on truly does expand inside of me and either assists me in deciding who I want to be or detracts me from being able to decide who I want to be.

A perfect example of this for me is my interactions with my 3 year old son.

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He is the most amazing little boy and is so full of energy, passion, and enthusiasm.  The energy that he lives by sometimes wears me out and I find myself “responding” to him in anger and frustration just to try to get him to calm down and listen.  When I focus on this feeling of  frustration…I literally feel it expanding inside of me, which leads to more anger and frustration.

When my focus in on loving him, trying to match his enthusiasm and energy, and celebrating his passion for life, I find that I have more patience and understanding for him…and in turn, I notice that he responds better to me.  I love the relationship that I have with him when we are both focusing on the same thing, and again I feel the happiness and passion of this relationship expanding inside of me.

So here is what I have learned this week.  I am excited to test it out again when I get home today 🙂

  1. Pay attention to what I am focusing on, and change my focus if it isn’t supporting who I want to be
  2. Take 5 seconds before responding to a situation and ask myself, “who do I want to be, and how do I want to respond“?

Can we decide who we want to be?

The next principle/idea I have started studying this week is:

“Each moment describes who you are, and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be” – IPEC core principle

The thought that comes to mind for me when I think about this idea is the fact that just because I have done something once or acted in a certain way, doesn’t mean that I have to make the same decision or act in the same way the next time I am presented with a similar situation.  I have the ability to choose who I want to be and how I want to respond in every situation.  The thought below rings true to me as well.

“There is no such thing as finally “getting it right” for this idea traps us into thinking that there are goals to be met at the “end.” Life is a journey, a becoming, a growing, a process. We often set goals (e.g. finish school, to get married, to have a child, to earn a Ph.D, etc), and they are motivating factors; but to live in the moment, in present time, means not to measure success by the realization of that goal, but by the process, as it is in the process that we can decide our own measure of success.  in fact, one might say that the most enlightened goal could be to enjoy the process of life.” – Unconventional Wisdom

 

Something to think about…how do we treat ourselves?

Take a look at the quote below and let me know what comes up for you.

“If we treated our friends like we treat ourselves, we’d all go to jail” – Unknown

What thoughts or impressions come to mind?

My post on Monday was about how we cannot make a mistake.  In that post we discussed the idea that we all make the best decision we can in each given moment.  A “mistake” is the judgement we place on our choices, and by releasing these judgments, we can in turn learn from our choices instead of beating ourselves up over our “mistakes”

This quote confirms the inner battle that we sometimes struggle with.  I have noticed that I beat myself up, judge myself for the choices I make, and have a inner battle with myself…that sometimes get ugly.  No one knows the details of this battle but me, it is individual for me and for us all.

What would happen if we could release these judgments we put on ourselves, release the “mistakes” and treat ourselves like we want others to treat us?

You cannot make a mistake…what do you think?

  • There are no “mistakes” only different varieties of ways to experience life and remember more of who we are.  We make choices based on our past, our belief systems, our values, and perhaps even the collective consciousness that’s engrained in our DNA.  We always choose what we believe is the best possible choice in any given situation.  Instead of directing our energy toward the past by beating ourselves up over “mistakes,” why not ask, “What is the lesson?  What can be learned from this experience?” – IPEC core principle

What are your thoughts about this idea/principle?  

When I first heard this principle I don’t think I fully understood it.  I still don’t think I completely understand it, but I am realizing more and more each day that there are really no mistakes…we simply choose what we feel is the best choice in any given moment.  A mistake is the judgment we put on the choice we make.

Releasing the judgment is a very freeing feeling.  Doing this allows me to focus on the lesson I can learn from my choices instead of beating myself up over the “mistake” I made

What would your life look like if you did the same?