“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” –Alice in Wonderland–
Published on May 22, 2013
Russell lost his sight at the age of 16 and has learned to “read the world” without being able to “see” any of it. Russell has a skill for learning — not just information, but how to move in a changing and uncertain world. Forming a commitment not to live like he was blind, regardless of how others treated him, he graduated 6th in his class from Wharton. His journey from welfare to wealth has included working as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for a $6 billion investment firm, being a Commissioner on the US Civil Rights Commission, and becoming a Jujitsu world champion.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie Author, JournalistToday I am grateful for curiosity. In brainstorming about writing a book, the question that popped out to me was, “Can you turn it around, upside down, sideways or inside out?” Suddenly I want to write a book turned into I want to book a write… and it was amazing the directions that my mind started to follow!
What are you grateful for today?
Awareness without reaction or triggering is a life long journey. Discovering how to stay awake to your surroundings and observing from a place of objective clarity is a wonderful journey. When you are in constant reaction to your surroundings and circumstances you are actually not fully present or aware of all the subtle nuances that are happening and you are not in this moment fully because you are actually replaying something from your past. Reaction is a nervous system response just like touching something hot makes your nerves fire instantly and before you even think you are pulling your hand back shockingly fast. Emotional triggers are no different. If you’ve had a trauma that registers as a wounding in your mind, whenever some similar pattern shows up you will instantly react from that old place and wounding. It takes great discipline and self-awareness to know and not allow your external response to follow the old series of chain reactions that are your history and how your nervous system formed itself. As a practice, when you feel the trigger happen, just do not talk. Make an agreement with yourself that you will just not talk for 1 minute, then 2 minutes. See if you can observe your reaction and see where the wounding is. Take a look at that tape that is playing in your head and choose to step out of the past and into this moment. Choose to not project this person or situation from the past into the person or circumstance that is happening now. Observe this situation with fresh eyes and determine from this moment how to proceed.
~Suzanne Wagner~ Wild Women Light Blog 9 July 2014
The dust has settled and fingers have been pointed as Italy crashed out of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay. As most of the world focussed on Luis Suarez and Bite-gate – part 3, Cesare Prandelli, likely unaware of the furore unfolding across the globe, tended his resignation. Mario Balotelli isolated himself from the rest of the Azzurri squad as rumours of tensions within the camp emerged. Many Italy fans want to point fingers at the Liverpool man, blame the stifling heat and humidity or even Prandelli for the Azzurris failings, but the simple fact is this Italy team was not good enough from the outset. It is true that Prandelli made mistakes in this World Cup…. But these errors were magnified by a more fundamental point – the majority of players are not of the standard required to win a World Cup…. We have seen a real lack of desire from this Italy in their last two games. Maybe they thought they had the right to progress, maybe they thought they were better than they are. Maybe, they werent as united as we were led to believe…. This World Cup exit should not be about pointing fingers, or finding a scapegoat. Most Italy fans and journalists, myself included, did not expect to win the tournament. A respectable showing would have sufficed. The focus of this World Cup should have been witnessing the final chapter of a great mans international career. The cornerstone of our post World Cup analysis should have been Pirlo, as we will never see the bearded maestro don an Italy jersey again. Pirlo has now hung up his heart but instead we are bombarded with memes depicting sharks and Suarez.See The Original Story click here
“…an active, invigorating process assisting you to reach your potential, challenging and supporting you, seeing what is working well for you and promoting that success so you can achieve miraculous and logical results.”I agree with him and his Huffington Post article: “Life Coaching is Not Weird” June 20, 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-feeley/the-surprising-truth-abou_2_b_5500989.html
It is now 2014 mid January! How are you doing on your New Years Resolutions?
Are you repeating the same process of running out of steam like years past? If not, what are you doing different!
2013 taught me so much about approaching goal setting from the inside out and the role my values play in the process. I feel like a new person full of so much momentum for my 2014 goals of growing and developing my business and myself. The thing I’m doing different this year is working with my fears rather than allowing my fears to take charge through my emotions and drive me to anxiety overload. I’m taking time each day where I give my emotions time to release. It’s like an emotional meditation but rather than quieting the mind I allow myself to feel what ever I feel throughout my whole body. I cry, laugh, or whatever creatively surfaces. When the allotted time is up, I pull myself together, breath, ground myself and get back to my day. I also do meditate to quiet the mind. I guess I am doing a lot more of self recognition through these types of actions. So far I am seeing progress!
What is different for you this year?