Friday Review: Spirit

FRIDAY REVIEW: SPIRIT

How do you define “spirit”? Here are a few posts about spirit you many have missed. Click the links to read the full messages.

“Rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.”

 

 

 

 

“Youth is eternal to those with a curious, loving, joyous spirit.”

 

 

 

 

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

 

 

 

 

Examine the service you render

“Examine the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.”

—Roger Babson, 20th Century American Entrepreneur

Image of a hand holding a flower

Image from Unsplash by Lina Trochez

A few months ago, I attended a seminar on family business, along with about 40 consultants, coaches, and other trusted advisors.

The program was a combination of a panel discussion and group interactions, with a lively Q&A session.

As I listened carefully to the experience some participants shared, I found it difficult to see any dramatic difference between the information, and the scope of the services they provided.

I did, however, notice a considerable level of difference in the energy, enthusiasm, and passion some of these experts expressed. This had me leaning into their comments with greater interest and receptivity.

EXERCISE:

Where and in what ways can you upgrade the services you currently offer with a more energized and enthusiastic spirit? How might that upgrade make you stand out from your competition, and put you at the top of the list in your profession?

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”

⏤Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher

Image of musical notation against splashes of color

Image from os-ivanovec.skole.hr

If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be? If nothing comes to mind immediately, consider your favorite artist to see what instruments get your toes tapping, body moving, or has you singing along.

Consider your values, beliefs, and most cherished qualities and abilities as aspects of your soul. How often and how loudly do you express these in your personal and professional worlds?

EXERCISE:

How and in what ways can you more fully broadcast your own soulful music throughout the universe?

Loving Joyous Spirit

“Youth is eternal to those with a curious, loving, joyous spirit.”

—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

Image from Flickr by Jose Maria Cuellar

Image from Flickr by Jose Maria Cuellar

Our world celebrates youth. You need only pay attention to the vast number of marketing messages with which we are bombarded. All we need do is buy this cream, take that pill, eat this food, and engage in some form of turbo-charged workout, and we, too, will dodge the ravages of aging.

We all know that these strategies, at their best, can only modestly impact our lives, and drive many of us nuts in the process. Perhaps we should take Brendon’s coaching to assure we have an eternally youthful spirit.

EXERCISE:

How and in what ways can you be more youthful and joyous through meaningful opportunities to learn, and to build more loving relationships?

“Rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.”

“Rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.”

—Author Unknown

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Image from Flickr by solarisgirl

As a former science teacher, I am fascinated by the process of photosynthesis – that plants can use sunlight to make their own food seems nothing short of a miracle.

Man—and virtually all animals—eat these plants as our way of sustaining life. Yet we are feeding only the body portion of ourselves – leaving our souls and spirits a bit empty.

Exercise:

How can you feed others the important nutrient of praise and acknowledgement, and surround yourself with others who will offer it to you in return?

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.”

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.”

–George C. Scott

What does the human spirit mean to you? Consider the following:

  • The capacity to achieve great and wondrous things
  • The ability to learn and apply what you learn
  • The capacity to forgive
  • The ability to love and be loved
  • The capacity to be creative and innovative
  • The ability to dream and envision a better future
  • The capacity to endure pain and life’s difficult or even tragic moments
  • The ability to be resilient and try again and again in spite of repeated failures or defeats

Exercise:

Who are some of the people you know who demonstrate a strong human spirit?

What qualities do they demonstrate that you admire and wish to emulate?