This post first appeared in 2012 — but worthy of a repeat:
“Remember that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams
I think it would be fun to follow a smile some day and see just how far around the world it might travel. Don’t you? You wouldn’t have to be in a major metropolitan area in these tech connected times — just a few clicks of a mouse and around the world we go! How different the world might be if just one smile went round the world a a “few” times and touched everyone’s lips just once …. hmmmm, I wonder……….. (click)
Do you have a difficult time finding a quiet moment or feeling un-pressured by the course of your daily routines? How often do we clutter up our space with the noise of the world or succumb to the overall busyness and fill with anxiety and let the pressure overtake us? Then what happens when something stops – and your world is suddenly quiet? Are you at a loss not knowing how to handle it?
I certainly hope not. As frustrated as we can get when the internet goes down, or you lose cell service, a project is stalled or something else may ‘gum up the works” … maybe it’s a hint to stop and take a deep breath and look around us for those moments we’ll never experience again. When did you last take the opportunity to watch the sun rise? The sun set or the stars flicker to life in the nighttime sky? See a flower turn to the sun? Watch the clouds roll across the sky? Enjoy a good book or a conversation with a good friend? Sewing, knitting, crafting or another favorite hobby?
There are a multitude of ways to reconnect — hear, feel, experience calm and peace more deeply. Find yours and make it a part of your daily routine. Let the calm invade your day fully. You’ll be smiling more and the influence will ripple out to other areas of your life and may also impact others you come in contact with.
My word for the next few weeks is “aspire.” My old Webster’s dictionary gives this definition: 1. to be ambitious (to get or do something lofty or grand); yearn or seek after. 2. (Archaic) to rise high; tower.
We all have aspirations and dreams. Yet, there are circumstances that may put us in a place where some of our dreams, goals and aspirations have to be put on hold for a time. The reasons are too numerous to even name. I’ve been there.
There’s a part of me right now that is so excited… you see, today, I’m opening some of those old dusty boxes that have housed so many things for a good number of years; and I’m boldly stepping forward and dusting off a few of the old dreams and goals. I’m looking them over and re-evaluating them. Will they bring me happiness? Will they allow me to be authentic? Ah, a few can be trashed, while others revisited, revised and renewed.
I’m feeling blessed to know that I have the opportunity to reach again for dreams I thought would never present themselves again. I felt I might have outgrown them. Today, I learned that no, I haven’t outgrown them at all. I’ve grown into them.
Is today your day to dust off your dreams and aspire?
I’ve recently re-read John Gordon’s book, One Word. It’s a great way to stay tuned in, if you will, to positivity and building inner wealth. Your own and others.
Creating open doors and opportunities for self growth through positive self-talk as you live and breathe your ONE WORD each day. Choose a word that will make a difference in who your are, set goals that will help you achieve the best version of that word. Then, pick a time period; a day, a week, a month or a whole year. Let it be your gift of greatness to self and to those in your circle of influence. Your impact can make a huge difference in your work, your health, your spirituality and more importantly, the changes you make will ripple out even further.
My word for February is being “present.” Present in the moment and seeing what is going right and good and naming them in a journal to be more accountable. I believe this is a very precious gift I can give myself and my family. I’m amazed at all that’s happened so far and we’re only one week into the month. I’ve accomplished more, listened more, felt more lived more fully in the last few days. I hope to establish this as a way of living from this point on.
If you choose to take on the One Word challenge, I wish you well!
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Thornton Wilder
When was the last time you really dug deep and sought for the treasures that are in your heart? Thorton Wilder
Treasures such as kindness, bravery, courage, compassion, unconditional love, individual worth? Today, your challenge is to set aside 3 -5 minutes and look deeply at all that you are and name the qualities of greatness that you see and more importantly feel. Set the stage for success by allowing yourself to quietly peer into your core. Be prepared to write what you feel and honor in those moments. You shouldn’t be discouraged or dismayed if only one or two words jump out — the more you practice seeking these words that define your greatness, the easier it will be become and the more you will see.
When you have finished this exercise, look at the words you’ve written on the page and pick one to focus on during the day. And most importantly, as you complete your day, honor the moments you were that particular greatness, even if you felt a bit uncomfortable doing so. Honor who you are… YOU ARE GREATNESS in a myriad of ways and each time you share your treasures with others you will get a return of 10 fold or greater.
Revisit this exercise of greatness frequently. You won’t be discouraged because the greatness in you will continue to grow the more you practice and you’ll see more and more of who you are as well as see the greatness in others with more depth and beauty. Begin today!
There’s a beauty and peace that surrounds you when you are “filled.” Recently here in the United States, we celebrated Thanksgiving – a day set aside for giving thanks. While we have personally experienced lots of ups and many downs over the past couple of years, this most recent Thanksgiving was one of truly being filled — emotionally and spiritually; giving thanks and gratitude more fully and deeply. As we shared our gratitude around the table, I was overcome with the fullness of being filled — not with food, but with so much more.
Over the past year and a half we have been blessed to find steady work, maintain our health without insurance, build friendships, extend a helping hand, teach, share, learn, give and love more fully within our family and extend that out to our circles of friendship. We have connected with friends from long ago and renewed relationships.
There is joy and so much more to be felt when you can reach out and live it!
Take a few minutes today and renew your gratitude! Make it an everyday thing — not just an obligatory once a year event. Be grateful for the treasures you have and even those things you don’t have, but may desire — there is often a reason that it may not be in our grasp at this moment. Be grateful for patience and the wisdom it takes to wait. Please know that we are grateful for each of you and your gifts that you bring to our table each and every day. Our life is FILLED!
“Filter out anything that doesn’t allow you to thrive, and fill your life with things that help you become all you strive to be.” Soulseeds
Just as we may set filters on our computers to keep viruses from infiltrating or even our emails to keep the spam at bay, occasionally something may slip through and sadly, the damage is done.
When we do have the proper supports in place and are feeding our souls, hearts and relationships with the proper ” greatness nutrition,” it feels good to not have to worry all the time about the not so good stuff getting in — and we can continue to move forward in ways that we hope will continue to meet our goals and continue to support our greatness in a magnificent way.