“How will you take time for yourself today?”
Calm app “Reflection”
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Notice the flow of time throughout your day. How rushed, excited, or perhaps bored do you feel?
There are so many possibilities in each moment if we look closely.
Some questions I’ve asked myself this past year include:
- What have I done to grow myself mentally, physically, and spiritually?
- What have I discovered about the process of aging?
- Who are the people and what activities help me remain positive and enthusiastic about my life?
Consider these questions and make up a few of your own to discuss with close friends, family members, and colleagues to gain their perspectives.
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“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!”
—Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States
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We can all be a bit judgmental and critical from time to time. When things appear wrong with the world in general or specifically with others in our various communities, it is pretty easy to point the finger at the mistakes and shortcomings we observe.
It is natural to hold our observation up against our own beliefs and values and see those that do not align as bad and wrong.
Most of us, on the other hand, do not look at ourselves with a lens of complete objectivity to see our own shortcomings and faults as worthy of our best efforts to mend them.
The next time you point your finger in the direction of the faults of others, consider that there are three fingers in your palm pointing right back at you.
What is one fault that you are resolute to mend in the days and weeks ahead?
“Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.”
—Sarah Bernhardt, 20th Century French stage actress
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How do you plan to spend your day? How did you spend yesterday? How energetic have you been feeling lately?
I like the idea that through the act of spending we can actually become rich. If the adage “It takes money to make money” has truth behind it, perhaps to spend our energies wisely and actively we can create a life of greater abundance and good fortune as well.
A good place to begin may be with our awareness of our level of vitality and to augment our strategies to both store and release our energies with greater intention and generosity.
Take some time today to examine your current approaches to nutrition, exercise, and rest as three places to look to augment and maximize your energy levels. A resource I recommend often is Chris Johnson’s book On Target Living. Please reply to this post on how you plan to pursue a richer more energetic life.
”Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
—Laura Esquivel, Mexican novelist, screenwriter and politician
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Just like a single hand is unable to clap without another, we all need assistance from time to time to have our inner spark ignite and keep burning.
Consider your relationships with close friends, parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and other individuals. How have they sparked ideas and helped you stay motivated and in action to see things through?
Most images of match boxes show only a limited number of matches inside, with somewhere between 20 and 32 matches. I did, however, find a jumbo box with a count of 300 and numerous multi box options!
How many matches have you used so far? How many are left? Who are the current individuals who partner with you so that you can burn brightly and perhaps shed light on others? Where and with whom are you the flint to help others spark their unique gifts and talent?
“What is something impermanent that you are grateful for? Why?”
—Calm App Reflection
Everything is impermanent.
Cherry blossoms, sandcastles, and course, life itself — all come to an end.
It is because of this quality that life is so very precious.
Our moment-to-moment awareness lets us experience and celebrate the wonders of our lives with gratitude and grace.
What is something impermanent that you are grateful for?
“Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.”
—Cathrynne M. Valente, American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic
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As we examine our thoughts carefully from time to time, we can all take an extra step to explore whether they are focused on the past, present or future.
When we look backwards, we may smile about the good times or sometimes experience a sense of regret for opportunities missed.
Today’s quote points to those times when we look forward. Ideally, we look to the future with optimism and hope for better times. Sometimes however, we notice fear and worries enter our thinking where we sense a level of doom and gloom on the horizon on a day that has yet to begin.
How can and will you notice and augment your thinking toward the positive aspect of life to more fully appreciate and enjoy every morning, noon, and night?
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude.”
—Colin Powell, 65th United States Secretary of State
Go back in time and take a look at your report cards from your days at school. How were your grades, what were your favorite subjects? Where did you intentionally pursue and achieve levels of excellence?
How have things been going for you in your personal and professional worlds since those days? What would your report card look like today, given the many roles you play in your various communities?
In what areas and in what ways have you developed the habit of pursuing excellence in matters both big and small?
What are a few areas of your life in which an adjustment of both attitude and effort would make the biggest difference and help you achieve big things?
”It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”
—Robert Kiyosaki, American author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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Thoughts become things. In a typical day, we actually use our inner voices far more than our external ones.
We are constantly having what Susan Scott describes in her book, Fierce Conversations, as versations — which is simply a conversation with ourselves.
The power of bathing in our own thoughts is a form of leadership where we repeatedly speak about our reality and our vision for the future. This repetition carves deep grooves in our conscious and unconscious minds, which can and often do lead to behaviors that determine our lives.
Notice your inner voice whispering to you throughout the day. What is it saying?
Is this voice positive and affirming or negative and judgmental?
How can and will you use the power of versations to enhance your life?