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Live Like It’s Spring

After the cold and often stormy winter, we welcome spring and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities in pleasant weather.  For many us, this includes the tasks of preparing for another growing season, pruning dead or spindly branches, removing weeds and rocks, and cultivating the soil.  Anyone who has tended a garden knows that timing is critical – factors like last frost date and days to maturity determine the optimal time to plant seeds or set seedlings to insure a successful crop of fruits, vegetables or flowers.

 

The influential success coach and trainer Jim Rohn compares the course of our personal life to the cycle of the seasons.  Spring is a season of activity, opportunity and awakening of infinite potential throughout nature.  As human beings we are blessed with the gifts of intelligence and free will. Those who choose to embrace growth and self-improvement, using whatever resources they have in the present, will experience success, just as the gardener who diligently prepares and plants at the right time will reap a bountiful harvest.  On the other hand, those who choose comfort over effort and make convenient excuses for half measures or inaction will suffer the same fate as the gardener who decides to enjoy leisurely days in the warm sunshine and let planting season pass by.  Life provides no guarantee that seeds will germinate and yield their crop, or that our efforts will necessarily produce the desired outcome in a predictable way.  But, as Rohn points out, to expend no effort during the spring will assure no results during the fall, and warns that “today’s procrastination will surely be tomorrow’s regret.”

 

It’s easy to recognize a pattern of seasonal change in the larger cycles of our lives. We readily equate spring with youth, and tend to believe that this is our best and only period of growth.  In truth, however, every day of our lives is like a springtime.  Each morning presents us with fresh opportunities to create a life we love by nurturing a positive attitude. It is as easy to plant and cultivate thoughts of love and abundance, as it is to dwell on resentment and lack.  Reliving the missteps of the past or waiting for the arrival of tomorrow before we take action will not advance us one step closer to our goals.  The seeds of a more expanded life exist in the present, and our greatest opportunities often come disguised as ordinary moments.  Make a practice of looking at the commonplace with an open mind and childlike curiosity, instead of taking it for granted, and you can experience the miracle of spring every day of the year.


Here’s to your BEST LIFE!

Margery

What seeds of possibility are you planting in your life this spring?  Share your experiences here.

Here There Be Dragons


It has been said that growth, self-knowledge and a life well-lived all begin at the end of your comfort zone. Getting past this “invisible boundary” of the familiar involves nothing more, or less, than a willingness to take risks.

Some people are natural risk-takers. Many more, however, are content to stay where they are because it's comfortable.  This pervasive paradigm, although subtly different for everyone, is based in fear.  Fear of failure, of not being good enough, of not being in control, makes most people willing to stay safely within their comfort zone, even if it means settling for a life of unfulfilled dreams.

Contentment can be the enemy of true happiness.  Maybe your life isn’t filled with struggle and adversity, but it’s probably not as good as it can be either. You may have accepted that this is the best you’re going to get, and that you ought to simply “count your blessings” and be satisfied. Maybe you’ve settled for the status quo because you feel you don’t deserve more, or because you simply haven’t taken time to think about what you really want.  But to experience life to its fullest, you must leave the shores of the life you’ve known, and head for new horizons. Without a willingness to take this risk, in spite of fear and uncertainty, you resign yourself to a life of mediocrity in a familiar port of call.

Just like a seed in the ground stretches toward sunlight, nutrients and water, we all have an innate desire to grow and evolve. Each time we achieve something good, a desire for something even better naturally arises. The truth is that you’re not meant to be satisfied with “good enough.” It’s a law of human nature itself to want an extraordinary life, to want more for yourself and for the world.

Pulling away from the dock and setting sail for the life of your dreams takes courage.  Medieval mapmakers often decorated uncharted waters with images of sea serpents along with the legend hic dracones sunt (here dragons are), as a warning to stay away or turn back. Out beyond your comfort zone, you might encounter turbulent squalls and intimidating waves, and perhaps even a “dragon” or two. But with each challenge you meet, you will be a step closer to discovering new people, new opportunities and a fulfilling life rich with possibility. 


Here’s to your BEST LIFE!

Margery

Your comments and experiences are always welcome.  Please feel free to share here.

It’s OK To Relax


Do you find yourself always trying to squeeze the most out of every last waking minute?  Does setting aside a few moments to relax and enjoy a personal pleasure make you feel shamefully self-indulgent?  


If so, you’re not alone.  Our modern society is obsessed with time.  Despite all the advanced technology and the multitude of labor-saving conveniences at our disposal, time is something of which we never seem to have enough. For most of us, “stop to smell the roses” is little more than a worn out cliché.  


The “busyness” paradigm traps us in a state of compulsive activity, where we feel guilty for simply deciding to take some time off to rest and recharge.  If you struggle to find a balance between relaxing and working hard, keep in mind that it’s the quality of the time you spend, not the quantity that matters


There’s a big difference between relaxation and procrastination. When we lack motivation for a particular task, we tend to avoid it by procrastinating or choosing to ignore it completely.  Slowing down to unwind and release tension is actually a very healthy response to this problem. Relaxation restores our energy and enthusiasm, and often allows us to get the job done more quickly and efficiently. It also makes room for new and better ideas to emerge, increasing our creativity and sense of satisfaction with work and life in general.


Finally, if you want to manage your time well, you also need to leverage the power of NO.  Grow your awareness of your limitations, be generous but reasonable when assuming responsibilities, and avoid taking on more than you can handle. As Paulo Coelho points out, “When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”


Here’s to Your Best Life!

Margery 

Think of an instance where you took a long break between starting and finishing a task. Did you want to relax because you were tired or because you were trying to escape something you knew you needed to do? Be honest - and share how you handled the situation. 

Be Careful What You Wish For


For many people, the Law of Attraction is little more than an exercise in frustration.  This is not because the Law doesn’t work – it always does, just like the law of gravity predictably works in the physical world. But like any physical law, it must be completely understood and properly applied to get the desired results.

 

The mind is a powerful magnet that attracts whatever corresponds to its ruling state.  Your results reflect not only your desire but also your expectation. Think of these as equal and opposite forces. Desire is the “positive”, outwardly directed force that communicates your dream to the Universe, and expectation is the “negative” or attractive force that pulls the result in your direction.

 

What we expect is just as, if not more, important than what we wish for. Desire without expectation is simply wishful thinking, and this is one reason why the Law of Attraction “fails”.  However, in many cases, people fail to attain what they are after because they wish positive but expect negative. Your private thoughts, which only you control, tell the truth. What you subconsciously expect is what you attract, and that is ultimately what you will receive. 

 

James Allen, paraphrasing a passage from Proverbs, wrote, “As a man thinks, so he  is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”  We can vastly improve our chances of obtaining the outcomes we desire by paying close attention to our thoughts. Program your “personal computer” to banish any expectations of lack or failure. Expect good results and that is exactly what you will experience.


To Your Greatest Life!

Margery 

The Magic Bank Account

This inspirational piece was found in the wallet of Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant after he died in 1982.  Its author is unknown, but its message is truly great.


The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following PRIZE in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules.

Here are the rules:

1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

 5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!". It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.


What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

Actually, This GAME is REAL ...

Shocked ???  YES! Each of us is already a winner of this PRIZE. We just can't seem to see it. 

The PRIZE is TIME.


Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!


Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”….


Margery

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