Awareness precedes change
Success lies in one’s approach.
Life ain’t always perfect, and this is okay. Just begin what you should have begun.
So, how can one take the principle of know thyself, and do the work to enhance the quality of their lives, and likely the lives of those they interact with? There are many ways, but the one that I believe is a great place to begin is to be sure you know your values…your judgment of what is important in life.
At 4:00 pm today it will be 25 years since my visit to Heaven’s Front Porch. I’ll remember the day of our accident, and the experience always.
There’s power in the “4th quarter”, and it applies not just to sports—it applies to life.
Thankful for the opportunity to talk with the wonderful SpringHill Suites GM’s from the “Marriott family” in New Orleans.
One of the many new beliefs I developed in my 5 years of working with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, was that clear space fosters control, and a relaxed focus.
So often people tell me they “can’t find the time” as it relates to some change they want to make in their life, or just time to get work done. I used to say this a lot myself. I tell them they never will.
Through research I learned that this place was once Constantinople, the edge of the Roman Empire–the boundary of its growth in the world as it was known then.
I was talking with my good friend, Chuck, this weekend. He was doing some business work in an excel document and he expressed his pleasure with the ‘undo’ button.
During one of our get together’s my brother made a statement as we were watching some horse races. He said, “A horse doesn’t know his odds.” Hmmmm.
1. Stay connected to the “something bigger” in the world…I call it God!
2. Forgive others.
So, okay, the title of this blog may be a bit confusing…or sound like some motivational speaker mumbo jumbo..ha ha…so let’s dig into it…shall we? Vision is a core principle in life…for me, it’s the ability to imagine something that’s not real…yet.
Research says the first 15 minutes after we wake are instrumental in how our day is going to go…this has a HUGE impact on our mindset.
So, there are many definitions of work–the one that resonates with me is, “be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job; do work.” Perhaps, the key word for us to ponder is ‘engaged’.
But isn’t this what life is…really? Just a bunch of transitions strung together like beads…or pearls…depending on your mindset. I’d suggest we see them as pearls...
I believe there is a Force—an energy that’s available to us that inspires us toward our dreams; supports us in our despair and heartache, and leads us to goodness and Love.
My best friend snapped this picture recently while leaving Philadelphia. I’m trusting that maybe the person in the Jeep read my book, Back From Heaven’s Front Porch, or better yet this is a principle they’ve practiced for a long time.
I’ve been pondering lately the mindset of kindness that many of us hold. And while on the surface it is a good thing, it may also not serve us well. It came to me that I should write about this as I stood at the teller window in the bank last week.
Recently, our son and I are were touring Chapman University in Orange County, CA and I noticed many busts of famous people along the campus walkways with wonderful quotations beneath them.
In my travels I get the chance to meet many people—some of whom I engage with in some deep conversations. One such encounter back in July with a guy I met in Boston had turned into a few emails back and forth about life and such.
I heard a great line delivered by an older character. He said to Miles’ character, Sutter, “I thought she’d be the one to yank you out of neutral”.
... we talked about the challenges…the deaths, the loss of jobs, the broken relationships, and the depression so many of our family and friends experience. Sometimes this depression is fierce, other times it’s just a lingering hurt, a pain… I call it a funk.
This ability to develop vision is what actually got me out of the crappy place I was in back in 1992 after an accident took the life of a friend of mine, and caused me to die for a few worldly minutes.
I offer to you with great conviction that stillness is what we all crave and need; and it’s the most elusive of all we need to move to greater levels of happiness and fulfillment. be still is the second of the 5 jckrbbt principles that I’ll write about in this new year.
The jckrbbt principle to know thyself appears simple on the surface, but it is much deeper when one makes the conscious choice to go deeper; to the place where the seeds for growth germinate.