Friday, January 29, 2010
Well, it IS early...lol. I had just posted on somebody else's blog about having a wonderful idea for Wacky Wednesday...only to discover the today is FRIDAY!!! haaaaaaaaaa
I wanted to start taking that Ginko stuff but couldn't get past the Biloaba part and hey...who'd remind me to take it? If I need it for my memory loss and and I lost my memory and don't remember to take it... ahhh...what's the use...lol.
Today I'm going to focus on being happy. I have had many moments of sadness, heartache and depression in my life and I'm glad that after the dark clouds lift and the sun comes out to shine... things start to look a whole "heck-of-alot" better, don't they!
Isn't is something how people can all be living in the same house but have different views because of the window they choose to look out of? (look out of?) is that prepositional fragment or something? haaaaaaaaa That's okay...I've been running from the Grammar Spellcheck Police all morning...lol. I forgive me.
To get back to what I was talking about... what WAS I talking about????... Oh yeah....different views.
I guess the point I was trying to make was... One person can go through a great deal of heartache and adversity and with a quiet, courageous strength;,,, endure the pain.
Another can scream and cry and blow up .... same type of pain...same type of frustration... just handled differently.
I've always admired those women who seemed to carry themselves with a graceful calm no matter what they were going through. I've never been that way...I've been the get it all out boisterous one...it seemed to work for me. My sister is one of my best friends. She would hold it all in and I would let it all out. We both arrived at the same place, eventually...we just had different ways of getting there.
I seem to be maturing in my old age. I now have learned that most of what we're frustrated about can be handled in a different way than I used to handle it.. I've chosen humor as a way to look at frustrations...to manage or eliminate them. Prayer, of course works wonders, also.
Everyone is at a different place on their journey. I pray that wherever you are on your journey..that you find a peace and a place where you feel loved and nurtured and safe.
I celebrate the uniqueness of all those I encounter on my journey..today!
What I seek... I will find.
Today I will seek the beauty and goodness that life has to offer.
I expectantly wait to see what great thing is hiding around every corner today as I explore myself, my world and the people in it.
Love yourself, love others and enjoy your life. Today will never come again.
I always say, "We have lots of "start-overs" in life...but not many "do-overs".
Today is Now. It's up to you what you do with your NOW.
Stay sparkly, friends! Have a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I receive a women's daily devotional in my email and I look forward to reading it first thing in the morning. It helps set the tone for my day and helps me to lift others in prayer.
Today's message was about "wallpaper".
When we enter a room for the first time, we usually take note of the wallpaper and may even comment on it. After a while..as we become familiar with the room...we start to notice it less and less until finally...we don't seem to notice it at all.
I can remember how wonderful I thought the mountains were when I first moved out west..and how sad it was..(I thought)..that everyone who lived there simply disregarded them. After being there a couple of years they became less noticeable to me, too.
I remember someone coming to our place in Michigan. They had lived most of their life in Texas and kept commenting on the "green" and all of the trees. They were looking around, "ooooiong and awwwwing" over the trees.
We all become "wallpaper" at one time in our lives or another.
That's what can happen with relationships and the people we're involved with.. Sometimes, they become like wallpaper and we barely notice them anymore. It could be a husband or sister, child or brother, friend, co-worker or other loved one or acquaintance, who is being disregarded in some way, by us.
I remember when my children were small... we were involved in many church type meetings, etc.. I taught them to look around a room filled with people and to pick out the one or ones who looked like they felt "out of place" or sad and lonely.. and to go to them, introduce themselves, smile, shake their hand..chat with them and make them feel welcome. We even practiced with eachother until it became comfortable and easy for them to do. (No wonder they kept asking me and my kids to attend every meeting...lol.)
I taught my children to care about others and to make others feel special and I'm glad that it's become a part of who they are and what they do, to this day. It blesses me to see them enter a room with their big smiles and light up the entire place with their love.
Today ....stop and think about what and who has become simply “wallpaper” in your life and take time to notice them once more. You may be surprised what you discover about them...and about yourself.
Stay Sparkly, everyone!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I recently heard the term; Life Coach.
I'd never heard that before and was curious so I did a little research. Here's what I found out.
One website offers this information on their services:
As your Life Coach, we'll help you discover
what's really most important to you in your life.
(Really? You're going to help ME to discover what's
really important in MY life? It's ME and MY life..
guess I don't need you..do I!)
Then we'll help you design a plan
to achieve those things.
(Really? If I'm designing the plan..what do
I need you for?)
We'll work with you to eliminate any obstacles
or blocks that stand in your way.
(What are my obstacles? If you don't know..
you can't help ME to eliminate or block them..
guess you need ME to accomplish your goal.)
We'll partner with you all the way to success. (you'll partner with me or my money?)
Then we'll celebrate with you! (I knew that was coming!)
A life coach is a person who assists people reach their individual goals, such as having a better relationship with family or friends or identifying things that hold you back in life.
Life coaches use a variety of techniques to assist their clients e.g. mentoring, goal-setting, behavior modification, etc.
People use coaching for many reasons ranging from getting through a divorce to time management to just having more fun in their lives by realizing their full potential.
It sounds real pretty...but what an avenue for somebody to really screw you up!
Personally, I say...whatever works for you. For me...that would never work because I automatically see it as a waste of money. They can do nothing for me that I can't do for myself. I don't need a babysitter. Nobody can really motivate me...only I can. They can help by pointing things out..making a plan for me, pushing me..but only I can really motivate me.
If all the power lies within me...what would I need them to do....tell me what I already know?
I believe I have the power because the bible says: I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
Here at SP, we help, listen, encourage, etc...but it's up to that individual person what THEY will use to motivate themselves.
Be your own best life coach....for free.
Here's an article I found about doing just that!
Be Your Own Life Coach: Improve Your Life for Free
April 11, 2006 by D. A. Garrido
Teach Yourself to Change Your Life with the Steps for a Successful Future
Do you want to enjoy a better life? Are you looking for professional success combined with personal happiness? You can get the help you need by getting your own life coach- for free!
No gimmicks, no subscriptions, just the very best person to be your life coach. Have you guessed it yet? That person is you! No one knows you better than you know yourself; your secret dreams, your hidden desires, and your strengths.
Follow the simple steps outlined below and you are on your way to being your own life coach. Learn how to improve your life, without spending a penny.
Yes, life coach websites will tell you that life coaches advantage is that they guide you from an outside vantage point. Just the opposite is true- a stranger charges you an outrageous amount of money to tell you what to do with your life! Wow, I don’t know about you, but enough people are already trying to tell me how to live my life, what to do about a career, and just about everything else. It’s time to step up and make your own decisions about what is right for you!
Start by reviewing the 5 basic elements of Life Coaching , and follow the simple instructions for doing them yourself. Then get a special notebook that will be your Life Journal. You will never, ever use your Life Journal for anything else. Begin your commitment to your life changes with the simple commitment to keep this book for you and only you. And don’t tear any pages out, so that later you can look back on your thoughts. Be sure to put the date on every page.
Your Life Journal should be used for each of your appointments. You should also use it to record any ideas your have relative to the Life Plan you are going to develop.
1. Do more than you would do on your own. The way to accomplish this is to make an appointment with yourself for 2x a week. That’s right, an appointment for undisturbed time. If you need a quiet place, take your self to the library and coach yourself there. Keep the appointment as if you were paying some stranger $200-$400 an hour for it!
2. Take yourself more seriously. You are doing this already as soon as you book the appointments with yourself. By doing this you are recognizing your own value, and the need to give some time and attention to yourself and your life. You’ve decided that you will decide where to go in life, instead going wherever life takes you.
3. Create momentum and consistency. The way to create momentum is to begin to believe in you, deep down. Start by listing all your positive qualities. Don’t make a list of the negative ones- forget about them, since they are counterproductive. Now take those positive qualities, and think of ways to capitalize on them. Remember that you are not going to do this all in one sitting! This is a process and you are taking the first step.
4. Take effective and balanced actions.
This is done with planning, and adherence to your plan. As a certified project manager, I can vouch for the value of planning. You need to decide what you want to do and set some basic goals. Then you work toward the goals according to your plan. A paid coach can only give you the ideas- you still have to be the one to make the changes.
These are the basic steps to take effecitve action for your first 2 Self Life Coaching sessions:
- This is the first step toward developing your own personal Life Plan. Write down what you hope to achieve by being your own Life Coach.
- Make a list of all the things you do well; every single thing, no matter how small. Keep going, and add even little things. You will be amazed at how much there is. If you are not, you are not giving yourself enough credit, or you are looking for things that are too big.
- Make a list of all the things you would like to do in your life. They can be big or small, professional or personal. Perhaps you want to learn to draw, or become a teacher. These should be positive ideas, and they need not be realistic, or even in the near future. This is about your dreams.
- Prioritize the areas of your life that you need to change: career, personal, and spiritual. List the areas of your life that you would like to change, and decide where you need to start. And please don’t make this about your weight or a diet. Once you get your life on track, weight management will fall into place if it’s and issue.
- Select the one change that you will begin to work on. Now select the change that you have prioritized and give it some thought.
- Write the 3 steps required to make the change (use more steps if it is a big change). Be sure that you break them into small items so you can accomplish something towards them each week.
- Take the first step before next week’s appointment with yourself, and record it in your Life Journal. Take the first step toward change. Even if that step is a phone call or a web search for information on the change.
5. Become more balanced and fulfilled
Remember, no matter what a professional life coach would tell you, it is still up to you. They only suggest, give you a plan, and perhaps some ideas on how to get there. But it’s still up to you to make the changes, to take the actions, to stick to the plan. If you do it my way, the Life Coach Yourself way, you also end up with a couple of thousand dollars more in the bank!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I found an interesting excerpt from an article on the website: lifescript.com... written by
Dr. John H. Sklare at www.innerdiet.com
"Decision is the spark that ignites action." Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered."
- Wilfred A. Peterson
"A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints." Wilfred Peterson
"Many times we will get more ideas and better ideas in two hours of creative loafing than in eight hours at a desk." Wilfred Peterson
"Explore your mind, discover yourself, then give the best that is in you to your age and to your world. There are heroic possibilities waiting to be discovered in every person." Wilfred Peterson
"The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it." Wilfred A. Peterson
Thoreau wrote: As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in your mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kinds of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Change is the result of consciously repeating a thought long enough until it becomes a natural part of your everyday thinking. This is an important lesson for those of you seeking change in your life. If change is what you desire, then mindfully repeating thoughts that support that change is critical. In modern day language, we might call these thoughts positive affirmations. So today I ask you to consider these important words of Mr. Thoreau and pick just one thought regarding change in your life that you would like to incorporate into your everyday thinking. This is very important for creating change. As philosopher Earl Nightingale states, “You become what you think about!”
Dr. John H. Sklare
Note to self: Take inventory of your thoughts today and see what direction they are going and if I want to follow them. if not... change my thoughts and go in a different direction
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