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!
Not too long ago I was asked to share a message with some women in our church. I generally incorporate a message about “Nurturing” if the message has anything to do with families as this lesson did – and I often get the same response to a question when posed about how they feel about themselves. Dead silence or the meek answer of “… many have low self-esteem.” But no one shares the word “I” taking ownership of their own feelings – until we get deeper into the message and I share a story with them of my own from long ago. It is then that their hearts become open — they begin to accept the message of who they are in a new and open way. It is then that they listen with new ears and they sit a little taller in their chairs. They begin to recognize once again WHO they are and just how precious and choice they are and accept some of their greatness again into their hearts. Youare a miracle! Youare a Gift! Believe it!
Too often we neglect that side of ourselves. We’ve forgotten how to accept a compliment without making an excuse for some vulnerability or shortcoming. Today is your day to break free! Honor the divine beauty that dwells within you. That greatness and all the gifts you have to share. Let them shine and glow.
My friend, Laurie, has written an excellent blog post again — I’d like to share it with you. So stop by her blog again today and read it! Greatness is glowing over there 100%! Are you ready? I hope you are.
A recent visit to a friend’s blog was very inspiring. She’s discovered her greatness in a very multifaceted way and I love how she’s sharing it with the world. I hope you’ll take the time to read and visit her often as well.
That being said….What message do we send? What message are we living? What message would you like to project? Do you like what you see? Are there things you feel you need to tweak a little more to reach that goal you are seeking? How can you achieve it?
There are many who look and look yet never go anywhere – because they choose to look for what they’re seeking in others and never look at themselves. What they are seeking can always be found in their heart. It’s in their very core. It’s always been there — it needs to be awakened. It can be. It was once. Find it again. Enjoy being you! Find your Greatness and be YOU!
Every time you suppress some part of yourself you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you and destroying your design. Choose to do great things with it; it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. Oprah
Whether done consciously or sub-consciously, our creativity is an important part of being well-rounded. Today is your day to open the book again, and entertain that inner artist and reclaim a dream.
“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a
little flower.” Hans Christian Anderson
I’ve always marveled at the beautify of a sunrise or sunset. The colors and formations of the clouds and how magnificent and amazing each is and none equals another. Do you remember the days as a teen when you used to “bake” to get the perfect tan every summer? And now you cover up but still love to feel the “heat” of the rays of the sun on your face even if it’s just for a few gentle seconds – turning just so to get that perfect “zap” because it feels so good!
Or do you pause in your garden and marvel at the miracle of a budding flower as it gently unfolds noting each petal, curling outward in magnificent color and beauty and uniqueness?
Behold you! Grow in your own greatness, look towards the greatness that is you!
“In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “I forgive you,” “I’m grateful for you.” That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.” Fred Rogers
These are the exquisite moments that exist every day. Hundreds of moments, maybe thousands of moments often overlooked because we’re too busy, hurried, harried or occupied. These are our “teaching” moments with our children. A “loving or sharing” moment with our spouse.
Sharing a Recognition of Greatness with a family member or even a stranger can often make the difference in their day for good or bad. Often these statements only take a mere five to ten seconds of your time and if you really want to get wordy, 30 seconds of your time by adding on values and traits you want to see that person exhibiting or admire in that person. For an example of this, see this blog. Wouldn’t you have loved to be on the receiving end of Howard’s recognition?
Next time you’re out and about, take a few seconds to say thanks for a job well done in a very specific way. Not just “thank you” or “good job.”
Don’t miss an opportunity for a “twinkling” today – share one with your loved ones
“Your presence and unique style makes an enormous difference in the
world. Raise your gifts for all to see, as an inspiration to others to
be all they can be. Your authentic life inspires others to soar.”
Take a look at this short clip. Do you see the gifts of greatness in each of these two teens? Do you feel the teacher might have been inspired in pairing these two together? Did the teacher see their gifts and how they complimented each other? AND how they might give back to each other even more greatness and build even more inner wealth in each other?
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed
to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon
It sure can be uncomfortable, and unnerving yet — that “fear” you feel can be just that nudge you need, that extra bit of “fuel” to get you out of the comfort zone. Use it to move you forward. Let those challenges also be part of your “education” and then share your experiences with others so they may not have to go down those same pathways.
Change is inevitable in this journey of greatness. Clear the path you want to take — discover where you want to go and take the that next step forward. Honor the person you want to be! BE YOU! Stand in YOUR GREATNESS – and while you’re doing that, keep moving forward.
“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain
It’s not always easy on a gloomy day to find a lot to be cheery about. But I love to remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Gene Kelly is dancing in the rain. And it reminds me of the many walks I have taken in the rain and the joy I found walking and jumping in puddles — maybe not the ones I brought home with sopping wet clothes… but I thought about things I could do and worked through things and often felt a whole lot better by the time my “walk” was done — and then a plan was usually hatched as well. I know was usually smiling by the time I walked through the door at home again.
I have learned over the years if you choose to lose yourself in the service in others and you can’t help but find a smile on your face and the faces of those you serve. Your heart will definitely grow in the process. Remember it doesn’t have to be something big — or even cost a lot of money if you’re strapped for cash. Often, it’s those “gifts” from your heart that make the greatest difference.
Take a few minutes to watch the clip. Be sure to notice the last few seconds of the video clip – what do you notice? Did you see it? As many times as I’ve watched this movie before, how many times has that act of kindness escaped my view? It won’t again! There was a new rainbow born in the movie for me this week. How about you?