Month: February 2012

the beauty within

“The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” –Kahlil Gibran

What will you choose to see today?  Will you allow yourself to see the beauty that is or will you be pressed by the negativity of the day and only see the covering of the book and not look beyond and miss what may unfold in the pages between?  There is so much more for us to see and behold — we so often miss it because we get caught up in what’s going wrong in the moment.  Stop and reset.  Look for the good, the great, the beautiful!  It’s there and glistening and waiting for us to reach out and grab hold of it. Do you see it?  Ah, you do…. Enjoy!

Yesterday, a friend shared the following video with me… I want to share it with you.  It’s well worth your 15 minutes of time.  I hope you’ll find a good read this week and discover the “beauty within” the covers of a book as well.

“You cannot depend on your words when your heart is out of focus.”  – Peg Bunting

Be genuine in what you say and do — let your words come from your heart and not your head. See with your heart. Look beyond the ordinary. Be specific in what you’re saying. Speak heart to heart.

Make it a greatness filled day!

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“All things are possible to a believing heart.”   – Flavia Weeden

One of the miracles in using Nurtured Heart Approach™   is that not only do our children and co-workers benefit from the use of the tools and techniques of Greatness, but we as adults are often the first to “flip and transform.” We can’t help it! Keep going! It’s a beautiful journey.

Take the next 60 seconds and honor yourself for the choices you’ve created and achieved so far today.


“Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.”  – Unknown

How often do we find ourselves falling in the trap of wanting to be just like “so-and-so”  or admiring the traits and talents of our friends and colleagues?  Hold on! Don’t fall into that pit – remember if you see the traits you admire  in others you already “own” them.  It’s up to you then to magnify them.  BE THEM.  No one else can do the same justice to them as you can.  BE YOU!  They are your gifts, your talents.

Your challenge:
Take an inventory of your traits and talents
How are you using them?  Are you using them?
What can you do to magnify those traits and talents you want to develop or are under-developed?

NOTE:  If you find this challenge difficult, begin with listing 3, 5 or 10 positive traits, attributes or talents you have (or admire in others – remember, if you see them in others, you have ownership of them).

“Each life is like a letter of the alphabet.  Alone it can be meaningless; or it can be a part of a great(er) meaning.”  – Unknown

Something I have noticed over the years is that there is an increase in caring, concern and love between those who are directly influenced by the application of Nurtured Heart Approach™.  You can’t help but have that happen because your heart is more in tune with what is going on and you see more through your heart – feel more – are more.

Be Present


“… To me every hour of night and day is a a miracle, Every
cubic inch of space a miracle.”  Walt Whitman

There was a time when I overlooked those first breaths of the day or even opening my eyes.  But not any more.  What a blessing and a miracle each of those are in my life.  I am truly blessed to be present every day to honor those again and again and be thankful that I can witness them another day.  While this may seem a bit trite to some — how often do we marvel at the beauty of a sunset or rainbow? Do we think we’ll never see one again?  Have we witnessed the colors of a rainbow over and over and yet, thanked the heavens for the beauty and run for a camera in hopes we’ll capture it knowing that we’ll never ever see that exact formation or those colors in just that way again, even if we stood in the same place again at the same time on the same day a year  from now.

Now is your moment. Be present for the miracles that are all around you today.

Fuel Up…

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on
life… The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding
the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain
way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced tha…t life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”  Charles Swindoll

I may not be able to control certain things that happen day to day… others make choices I have no control over and whether or not I like it, their choices impact my life for good or bad — HOWEVER, I do have the choice in how I will let that moment energize me.  I can choose to use the energy I could waste on “woe is me” to fuel me to new levels of greatness, finding and seeing the things that AREN’T going wrong in the moment.  Where are those Greatness Goggles?  What a great way to spend life thinking!  I can’t think of a better way to look at or learn from those everyday moments.  Fuel Up with a happy attitude — the cost is just the same but the dividends are even greater!

Seeing is the gift

“When we see with our hearts, every moment is the most wonderful gift in the world.”

As humans, we’re primed to looked for the negative.  We see it every day — in the news, splashed on every headline, tweeted, texted and blasted in every energetic way possible.  Movies, games, books and other media focus in on the negative things happening in our world.  Eventually, that energy may effect the way we look at things.  We hear it at the office, our kids hear it in the classroom, on the playground, at play dates, and all too often, at home.

We often get so wrapped up in the negative energy surrounding an event, we “miss” the joy in all the other things that are going right in that very same moment.  And if you stopped to look, you could and would most likely be able to overshadow the negative event in let’s say, 10x the number of events going right in that very moment — rules or molecules of success.  The “joy” is what you choose to celebrate with your energy and relationship.  Choose and see the gifts of  relationship and energy with your heart today.

Celebrate now, there won’t be another moment just like it again. You can’t help but feel the flow of positive energy when you choose to live in your heart.

miracles in molecules

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” e.e. cummings

Believe in YOU!  Recognize the greatness that is deep within– take those momentous molecules and use those to build with. Those are your miracles! One moment at a time… believe in YOU!

It’s an exciting and transformative experience to stand in your greatness. What is going well right now?  Take those things and work with them.  Those are your miracles in molecules right now.  Believe that you’ll see more today.  I DO!