“Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond
sight at the end of a straight line; they’re part of a continuous
cycle that begins right here. Benjamin Hoff
Greatness begins with you and it begins right now with this very breath. In Howard Glasser’s, You Are Oprah we find; Greatness is not about feeling JOY all the time. NHA® is not about “one note response” to everything. Some people are afraid to acknowledge real emotions, perhaps because they don’t have effective methods of dealing with them. NHA® embraces the full range of emotions; we simply don’t shy away from them. We can tap into the enormous fuel locked inside us all: unlike fossil fuel, this kind of fuel (life energy) is renewable! (Oprah, p 152)
Make today a greatness filled day! Take some time to embrace your emotions whatever they are. Your “intensity” is a good thing – it is your life energy! Embrace it.
“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?
“Many acts of service cost nothing and take little time: encouragement, compliments, listening, gratitude and compassion. Any time you affirm the worth of others, you serve.” –Chris Karcher
It takes less physical energy to say something nice, than to complain. Yet more positive Life energy is generated when we say something positive. The Nurtured Heart Approach™ techniques offer you even more opportunities to share the joy of service. Watch the face and eyes of someone who is the recipient of a sincere, specific detailed and affirming recognition. Did you see the shift in their posture? Do you feel the energy ripple outward? How does your “heart” feel now?
“When you wholeheartedly adopt a “with all your heart” attitude and go all out with the positive principle you can do incredible things.” – Norman Vincent Peale
The Nurtured Heart Approach™ brings us to a new level of recognizing who we are and who others are more powerfully and consistently if we choose to look at them with our “new” eyes and hearts of greatness. As we do this — you’ll begin to notice so much more in the way the universe holds GREATNESS out to you. It’s yours to behold.
“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!
photo credit: greatitudes.com
“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.
“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.
“… 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.
“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!