The Treasure You Seek

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

He would find his tribe

When my 14-year-old son started high school this year, he was nervous.  He only knew a handful of kids and had no idea what to expect.  I told him to be himself and he would find his tribe.  Then he tried out for the school play.

For the last two nights I watched my quiet son act like a rambunctious elf on stage.  He was embraced by the cast of mostly older students and received countless compliments from his newfound peers. Continue reading

Teaching you how to let go

I saw this quote by author Jackson Kiddard yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks.  It changed me.

“Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is for
teaching you how to stand up
on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is for
teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is for
teaching you courage to
overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.” Continue reading

The most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year is here.  As we hustle and bustle to buy gifts, plan meals, decorate rooms and attend soirees, may we remember the things that really make it wonderful.  Our health, our loved ones, our hope for the future, our ability to help others and our choice to see beauty in the little things. Continue reading

Deflated elves and snowmen

I’ve been following a thread in a Facebook group that really touched my heart.  There is a family in a local city that fills their yard with holiday inflatables each year to make a display that many drive by to see.  It was all set up for this year when the family awoke last week to see that someone had come during the night with a knife and stabbed all the inflatables to the ground.  The front yard was covered in deflated elves and snowmen. Continue reading

Whatever makes a thing unmakes it too

Poet Rachel Richardson said, “Whatever makes a thing unmakes it too.”

Powerful.  So all the qualities we have that make us successful can also bring us down.  It could be perfectionism or work ethic.  It could be our ability to multi-task or focus on one project.  It could be our unending ability to say yes.  Or our need to help anyone who asks.

The thing is, that’s what makes us who we are.  We can’t unlove the part of us that brings challenges because that same DNA helps us climb the mountain as well. Continue reading

Learners and nonlearners

I’m reading the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  In it I read, “Benjamin Barber, an eminent political theorist once said, ‘I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and the nonlearners.'” Continue reading

Sit in the turmoil

When I was at yoga this week, the instructor said something that struck me.  She said that when you meditate or breathe during a trying situation, you don’t send what is troubling you away.  You calm yourself enough to sit in the turmoil.  To ground yourself in the eye of the storm and know you can survive it. Continue reading

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth

Poet Walt Whitman said, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”

What satisfies one may not satisfy another.  But each person must seek their own truth.

What makes your heart sing?  What makes you jump out of bed and race into your day?  What makes you laugh?  What makes you curious and energized and excited?

That is your truth.

Walt Whitman also said, “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.”  Before a million opinions and options and others who see things differently.  Stay composed in your truth.  Forge on towards your dream.

Once you have locked on to your gift, your truth, don’t ever let it go.

As speaker and behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli once said, “Live your truth.  Express your love.  Share your enthusiasm.  Take action towards your dreams.  Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings.  Make today worth remembering.”

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

 

 

Inside out versus outside in

I’m reading a book called Playing Big by Tara Mohr.  She talks about schools training us to learn from the outside in.  Reading textbooks or watching videos or hearing stories about the way it’s done and replicating it.  She says, “The message is that the value we have to contribute on a topic comes from information absorbed from an external source — from the teacher’s lecture, from the homework reading, from research.”

And while that is true to an extent, in order to blaze a trail in life, at your job, in your quest to make change, you have to add something else from the inside.  Your view, your ideas, your solutions.  You have to offer something from the inside out. Continue reading

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