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What if?

December 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

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It’s that time of year, when we look back at this year and wonder “What happened?” and we look forward to next year and ask “What if…?”

What if.
Did ever a more hopeful word pair exist?

As children, we use those two words a lot.
What if I could fly?
What if we could go to the circus?
What if we could go back in time?
What if we could go into the future?
What if I could be the President?
What if my costume could transform me into a super hero?
What if we could go there?
What if we could do that?
What if we could be …?

This adult is asking that question again.
What if I could get and stay in great shape?
What if I could achieve more?
What if I could be more present?
What if I could spend more time with my family?
What if I could deepen my spiritual walk?
What if I could make better food choices?
What if I could learn more?
What if I could write more?
What if I could give more?
What if I could listen better?
What if I could be a better friend?

Asking “What if…?” is the first step toward identifying the dreams that will become reality.

What are your “What ifs” for the coming year?

The Gift

December 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Christmas.

A holiday centered around gifts.

No, around a gift, The Gift.

It was undeserved.

It was self-initiated.

It was personal.

It was sourced from Love.

It was sufficient.

 

May we move from understanding,

to knowing,

to receiving,

to embracing the Gift of Christmas.

 

Small Things

December 15, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Image credit – John Ward/creative commons

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

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The cathedral rises to its grandeur, one stone at a time.
The company achieves success one customer after another.
Today’s workout is a critical part of a healthy tomorrow.
Your small act of kindness today is a brushstroke of your masterpiece entitled “Life”.

The small things that you do today, when repeated, will determine the scale and meaning of your future.

What small thing will you do today?

Fall Color

December 8, 2014 — 1 Comment

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I was riding my mountain bike this weekend when I stopped to take the above picture. I was struck with the brilliant splash of red that punctuated the drab surroundings.

This little sapling is responding to the changing seasons and the impending cold of winter with a dramatic display of color.

Is it possible for you and me to create our own splash of color in the midst our life experiences?

Can we choose to live our lives in such a way that we too, create an arresting image of beauty such that others stop and take note?

I believe that we can.

We live in a world that likes to focus on the dead dry leaves that blanket the ground around us. What if we decide to respond differently to the changes and pressures around us? What if we choose to view changes and challenges as opportunities?

Everyone can impact their world with beauty when they choose to see:

a closed door — as guidance toward a better suited opportunity.
a failed attempt — as a step toward discovering what will work.
a strained relationship — as an opportunity to deepen communication and understanding.
a new challenge — as a doorway to undiscovered skills and experiences.

This I know: Messieurs Change & Challenge will come calling on us all.

How we respond to these visitors will largely define the impact that we’ll have on the world around us!

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Image credit: Creative Commons

Have you ever had a faucet start dripping, even when turned off? I’ve heard that some people even wait months before finally getting such faucets repaired! (ouch)  In the mean time, countless gallons of water slipped past their intended use.

Life can be a lot like a dripping faucet. We have such potential, such a capacity for success, but we let life’s little drips siphon away our effectiveness.

Every person can become more effective by addressing three common ‘drips’ in their life.

What we see

Taking a minute to check our messages on our phone, or Facebook, or twitter, is not, in and of itself, bad. But often minutes grow into hours, and this casual activity becomes all-consuming.

Even checking email, presumably to stay on top of work, can become a habitual interruption of otherwise effective times of work, or necessary times of rest.

What we eat

Snacking is a “drip” that keeps popping up in my life. A nibble here, a nibble there. A fist of snacks, just one more cookie, and a second portion at meals all add up to some substantial “waist”.

What we do

I’m always more productive when I exercise. It’s one of those things that seems to be a no-brainer. Just do it, right?

But many of us have to fight the magnetic pull of a sedentary life. Every day we don’t get moving physically is like a drip, a drip that will eventually limit our options and dampen our effectiveness.

Stop the drip

Most of the challenges in our lives are the daily ones. The choices we make as we check our phones, stand in front of the refrigerator, and plan our days.

Here’s a tip on how to start making better choices.   Envision the choices you make today being replicated each and every day for an entire year. The importance of each choice becomes clearer when we multiply that choice by 365 days in a year.

One drop of water is not our problem, it’s the cumulative effect of our daily choices that needs our attention.

What drips need your attention today?