By the wayside, On the Stoney Ground, or in the Thorns?
What is the condition of your soil? This video has a unique perspective of who we are being and discovering who we are in the story of our lives,and about the seeds we are planting and where they are falling.
I discovered Preston Smiles this week, thanks to Lewis Howes and the School of Greatness Podcast. I recommend having these words spoken into your life. I love having these people inspire and speak of a modern day understanding of this true-to-life principle. The parables are meant to linger and inspire.
"What we get and what we give is dependent on what we are." ~ Preston Smiles
"I am fertile ground where the shade trees grow." ~ Janet L Arnold
Until next week, think in ink!
Today I gave a voice to this idea that has been beating inside my chest for over a year. I stood up in the center of a room full of people and declared it. And here it comes, ready or not.
My New Project
"The Power of the Positive Pen; Your Writes to Pursuing Your Passion and Purpose" by Janet L Arnold ©2016 is being created, one word at a time. I have stood at this gate, as words begin to line up, before. It feels so familiar and delightful and frightening all at the same time. I have this idea, vision, and collective muse running amok, teasing the tips of my fingers. Only when my pen is put to paper as I mind map and make every effort to organize these thoughts, do I have any sense of peace. This is THAT time...When I cannot NOT write.
In my first book, the inside looked out and found safe passage to express the old story. Over the past year, I have learned the power of my story, and learned that we all have a story. We write our legacy story every day with our behaviors, actions, beliefs and character. In the blink of an eye, our story can change, whether we intend to change it or life changes our story.
I am blessed to be surrounded with people who are guiding me, coaching and caring for me and helping me create the story that I WANT to be told. When the history of my life is recorded, I'd prefer to have my pen on the paper. What I have learned is that we can write any story we want to. The mystery is where we discover our true desires about what we want and how our legacy begins to reveal itself. The effort comes to bear when we intentionally guide the next chapters of our stories. We meet the characters and become entangled in their stories, changing the course of the end of the last chapter. Writing and re-writing, on and on it goes. Again, I prefer to have my pen on the paper.
As this idea began to surface, I see a community that contributes the next words, plots, subtitles and chapters. Through our positive presence and influence of our words, keeping our passion and purpose in front of us, we are writing the legacy of the next generation and all that follow after it. Our digital age is commanding new paradigm shifts in how we chose to interact with our world. It requires an intentional connection with those who we hold dear, those who help us with the building blocks of our lives. Our pen on the paper engages our head and our heart through the miracle of the hand that rarely rocks the cradle any more. I feel compelled to keep the light turned on in the rooms that house our work, our words, our relationships, our legacies.
Pick Up Your Pen
I have some fun and entertaining exercises for us to do to shine a light on what really gives us joy. Journal writing remains at the core of this curriculum, and it is my intention that we never graduate. As each passion is revealed and each purpose realized, others follow to lead us into our legacies of potential.
There is one rule with this project. This must remain positive. My promise to you is that this is a positive space. Come here to spend 'spa-time-with-your-mind'. The 'Newsog' will deliver only positive content. It is my hope that you begin to feel the influence of positivity that begins to flow through your life like the ink through your pen. Your job: Positive Inking!!
Begin with a new journal, notebook or even in the comments below. For the next few days, use words that reveal your joy. Include words that hold your joy in context, i.e. Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Until next time, think in ink.
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How I do anything is how I do everything.
I heard this said out loud last year. The words stuck to me like velcro. I think about it every time someone leaves their grocery cart anywhere but where it goes. When someone leaves a pile of brand new clothes on the fitting-room floor, inside out. When a young girl who appears to be about 12 years old tells her dad to 'hold the door' for me while I struggle through with an arm load of stuff. And when I notice these things, I wonder if it is a reminder of a lesson I am destined to learn from these well-worn words.
Sometime last year, I locked my words up within. Writing only occasionally and floundering with my consistent journal practice. No wonder then, that I ended the year wondering what lessons I had learned. I wasn't willing to share the struggles and shine a light of awareness on the compromises and weaknesses I danced around most of the year. I neglected self-care of my deepest feelings and concerns. When did I stop trusting my words? When did I stop nourishing my soul?
It was when the new 'Busy' Body showed up!! New work schedules and new responsibility. I let 'Busy' rule my 'Relief'.
A very clear indication of how much I need to awaken my consistent journal writing practice is the constant beating of it in my chest. The words insisting to be expressed. That is my purpose, after all.
With a healthy sigh, I welcome the words of 2016. I expect that their consistency will lend consistency to other areas of my life where consistency is helpful and significant.
Why do we search for peace?
I believe there is nothing that quiets the mind in the same manner that joy will. In its exuberance, initially, we raise our pulse, quicken our breath and our tone and pitch change to indicate great satisfaction, albeit another octave higher and usually louder. Our movements are likely more grand, and I am convinced that our eyes must surely twinkle. We are more conscious of our manners, and are more apt to step into new directions we might not have considered before. We awaken to more possibility and promise. The peace follows.
Satisfaction, of course is relative. And it can change to the degree that each passing minute marches by. Which is exactly why it needs to be recognized and acknowledged for where it fits in this moment of life. Most of all, allow it, I say! Often we neglect satisfaction after working so hard to achieve it. We move on to what is next before fully enjoying our much sought after satisfaction.
“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
Sum of its parts
It fascinates me that of all the strength and power of any of these words, they are all stronger when used together. A cake is more than flour, for a simple illustration. Joy can be as small or large a part as is necessary to create magnificence. We are only few short next steps away from there at almost any given time. How we roll out our joy this week, depends on the other ingredients, in the right proportions. Blend well, to stir up all the ingredients. Do what you love, have faith for God's plan to reveal itself in your life, where peace, love and joy manifest in copious quantities. Or, just do it for the joy of it. Either way, count it as a win!
Pushing forward or holding back?
This image holds much mystery to me. Fool's errand or heroic gesture perhaps. Or was this me on more than one occasion this past week. Here's some good news: I get to try it all over again. Whew! Nothing holding me back!
Leadership is my main focus, of course. I am highly motivated to perform well. If I can't fix issues, I find someone who can. It helps to be well connected, and that is a part-time job in itself. The business of connection is so rewarding, and accomplishes much, albeit rarely realized. I was blessed this week to see 'too much' in a brief view, and shared that with many. Recognition can be a weighty challenge for those who do things every day that make a difference and humbly think 'it was not that big a deal.' Yes. It was. Yes. It is.
“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can't always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”
Eyes wide open.
I have a particular challenge this entire year that requires attention to the smallest of details. I used to think that when you are hammer, everything looks like a nail. I am finding plentiful progress in this challenge to be fleeting. One step forward and two steps back. Wait. Is it that I am simply looking over my shoulder? What an epiphany! Resolving this aids in the progress to push forward. To awaken inside radiates and I feel a child-like happiness. The smallest things have the potential to get the momentum moving. It is the movement. It is the action. When it comes to these blessings, too much or very little are not the point. Blessings should be acknowledged. First things first.
Nothing changes if nothing changes
Imagine how boring a vacation would be if the scenery didn't change from one mile to the next. A ship cannot sail without the wind blowing from one place to another. There is something special about how we arrived at the point we are in our lives today. It is not the same as yesterday. The day has changed. We have changed in some small way, or to the degree that we want to change. For some, that is a quantum leap. Others are not comfortable with the uncomfortable nature of things when they are new.
And taking on something totally new has challenges yet unrealized. I say, "Bring it On. Full steam ahead."
“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”
Tried and True Blessing
This week we once again share globally a grand blessing that applies to all. It is my wish for all I know, every traveler I encounter, and for my friends and family, near and far. It represents all things changing and in contrast, the one thing that never changes. It is a wish for all the worth it inherently possesses. To the degree I am able to wish it so, it is for you. All of you. It is my hope that you soar with all the air you wish for under your wings, and correct your coarse if needed for safe passage.
Report back the experiences you have from time to time. I hope your journaling experience is growing and your awareness is revealing much that perhaps you missed before your conscious awakening. This practice contributes to your wellness by connecting your heart to your hand. Where many things are accomplished at these two extremes, look for the revelations. You will find them in the winds of change.
Who is the most valuable player on the team?
My 'awareness' elevator went to this floor this week. And when the doors opened, I stepped out into the twilight zone. It was a place I didn't recognize. I had a sense I had been there before, but everything had changed.
I was team focused this week, while I searched for the right combination. The most valuable player concept has always been a mystery to me. I see the team as needing everyone. Each player having a different craft, strength, and personality brings the unmistakable energy and unique flavor to what the team hopes to accomplish. It is each team member's awareness that plays the notes of the tune that is finally heard. The song is always going to be the song. If the words are sweetly sung or only the instruments are played, the end result is the magnification of all efforts and contributions. Knute Rockne says what I experienced this week best:
"The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven."
Ships can't sail themselves.
At least not the ones that are able to get the most people from one place to another or get somewhere faster than the competition. It takes plenty of effort on everyone's part to manage every part of the available resources. The potential for making a wrong decision is as deep as the water being moved across and as vast as the wind in the sails. I manage by acknowledging each element. Being the leader is a job of observance. Course correction, if needed. All of the team members are valuable. I am thankful for all of them. It is always a challenge to decide which qualifies as a most valuable player.
On my peace platform, think about peace of mind, and your contribution.
Are you set up for direct deposit when it comes to your peace of mind? And what of your contribution to the peace in your family, your co-workers, and your friends?
“Live now, enjoy Life now! Love now, for this now is the precious moment that is creating our lives. Each now is unique -- it won’t come back in time. In it we leave a footprint, and within that impression are the actions we leave behind. Each step we take, we leave a mark. The path is created by the steps a person takes while walking it.”
― Jacqueline Ripstein, The Art of HealingArt: The Keys to Power and Awareness
This is the direct deposit of which I refer to. The legacy that you invest in today. Right now! Will you write it as you live it? How will you describe your current peace of mind? And what do you aspire to? Where is the source of your peace of mind? I have a deep belief that when you journal about your peace, you are investing in it. I believe it gets released to find it's way to others. Can you imagine having plenty to go around?
Consider the potential of your contribution to the peace of mind of the planet, and make a direct deposit N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted).
On the 'Plenty' platform of Artful Acknowledgment this week, consider Generous Thank You's.
“Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go. ”
― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle
Pop quiz: Did you purposefully thank someone this week for some particular thing? (part one) Do you have relationships that will benefit from an unexpected thank you call or note? (part 2) Remember how you felt the last time you got a 'thank you' from someone? (part 3) The only answers that matter are your answers. I ask that perhaps you will, right now, stop what you are doing and put a note in the mail or pick up the phone and risk making someone's day a little brighter! It is important to deliver them N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted) Even if it is for something long ago and far way, this simple act packs a big punch each and every time it is sent out.
The sender always benefits from giving this lasting gift. Everyone wants to be acknowledged. Each relationship is enriched by the contribution. Leave your mark on your legacy with consistent, generous 'Thank You's'.
Janet L Arnold
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