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“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney

You’ve spent hours…days…weeks…and in some cases, months picking out the “perfect” gift.  You’ve given much thought to the gift wrap and adornments that will disguise the contents until the excitement of the moment takes over.

The mad ripping, the squeals of delight, bows and wrapping paper thrown into the air with abandon, a brief pause to admire the treasure found within and then on to the next neatly dressed gift until no more remain.

Anticipation!  Excitement!  Joy!

And all too quickly, the moment is over and we’re running to the next “thing” to do, without taking a moment to simply be in the moment.

When I read this quote this morning, it really touched a nerve..a nerve of long ago.  How often, those years ago, after all the paper lay strewn across the floor, ribbon and bows scattered about I ran around with a trash bag quickly picking up the “trash”, pushing the kids to get dressed and leave their excitement and joy behind (you’ll be able to get back to it later…which didn’t happen because it was time for bed when we finally got home) because we had a schedule.  We needed to be somewhere for lunch, or dinner, or a visit because there were traditions to uphold, people to see, things to do.

For just a moment I felt sad when I read Mr. Rooney’s words.  Sadness in all that I didn’t get to experience or allow my family to experience.  Of course, I can’t change it.  And I am so grateful that I finally woke up and realized how much we were all missing because of the self-limiting belief that things had to be “perfect” and “what would the in-laws think if we didn’t show up?” and learned how to enjoy the moments.

This year is yet another opportunity to slow down and savor the moments of the day, without rushing, hurrying or scurrying about.  A time to embrace the “mess” wherever it occurs – living room, dining room, kitchen, den, or basement – and all that it represents and …

to be.

It’s not too late – there’s still time for you to enjoy the glorious mess 🙂

Until next time…

P.S. — Struggling with how to enjoy more and stress less?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

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It’s been raining here for what seems likes months – not unlike most other places on the East Coast.  And today promised nothing would change and as the day progressed there was little promise of a glimpse of precious sunshine.  In spite of the gray skies and pending precipitation, I was feeling a little lighter today.  Yes, my schedule was rearranged a bit – that happens.  Yet an early morning session cancellation led the way to getting some errands done a little earlier.

While waiting in line to pay for my items in the local market, the gentleman in front of was carrying on a very friendly conversation with the cashier.  Part of exchange was the gentleman sharing that his wife gets angry when he brings home things that were not on her grocery list.  More precisely, when he buys doughnuts.  It’s so hard to describe the look on his face as he smiled from ear to ear and the sheer joy and anticipation of eating those doughnuts.  It was difficult not to smile and be drawn in to his joy.  I got the feeling that his wife very much enjoyed having a treat as well, even though feigning anger.

After two more stops, my errands completed, I found myself driving and smiling.  Not just the small, inconspicuous smile that sometimes happens – this one was different.  I was marveling at all the different lives, the plethora of stories in one market.  The simple, and sometimes complicated, things that we all look forward to and enjoy.  The more I thought about my experiences from the beginning of my day until that time, I was surprised by all the moments of pure, unadulterated joy that was there for me.  And then it hit me…

My gift was the experience of authentic joy.  You know…you’ve experienced it at least once in your life…my spirit was light, my struggles seemed to have resolution, life slowed for a moment just for me and I was able to savor each moment and wrap myself in knowing an act as simple as buying a few items at the market can bring joy.  It’s not a chore that needs to get done, or something to hurry through to get to the next thing on the “to do” list.  It’s beyond attitude – it comes straight from the heart – I get to choose to experience joy in all my moments by experiencing life through my heart.

Whatever your struggles, worries, and concerns, invest your energy in becoming strong and challenge yourself to turn your thoughts to the joy that is surrounding you.  Will it make your struggle disappear?  No, it won’t.  When you turn your attention to becoming strong, that one choice alone will help you focus on the solutions that can work for you and when you begin to take positive action, that small action alone will lead to a sense of accomplishment that reveals joy.

Brings to mind the great philosopher, Carlos Casteneda, who said, “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.”

I choose strong and joy-filled!  What will you choose?

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can guide you to discover your untapped gifts and strengths?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary discovery session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

I was recently introduced to Heidi, who happens to be an extremely gifted in the arts, particularly poetry, songwriting and art.  She has a vision and a mission.  I think she says it best, “Hoping to enrich all our lives with the pursuit of artistic endeavors.”

She’s very recently published her first book of poetry, “Old Souls, New Coat of Paint” and I, for one, cannot wait to get my copy, get in my reading chair with a great cup of tea, and open this old soul up to experiencing magic through the power of words.

I invite you to support a very talented individual in her endeavor and enrich your life with her words.  Here’s where you can get your hands on a copy for yourself http://tinyurl.com/6ezmlg3 or learn more about her at http://tinyurl.com/64ra29a

Don’t we all need a little inspiration in our lives?

Until next time…

P.S. — Want a better understanding of how a coach can guide you to discover your untapped gifts and strengths?  Schedule your private, confidential complimentary coaching session or send an e-mail to info@JoshuaTreeCoaching.com to learn how.  Invest 30 minutes today to change your life forever.

What a most amazing start to my day this morning.  Up bright and early at my normal time – 5:30 a.m  Only today was going to be quite different.  So much so, tossing and turning was the theme for the night.  I was just too excited to sleep!  The anticipation of what the morning would hold, the promise of what could happen as I awaited the start of another journey.

Now here’s where you might start to wonder where I was headed.  Disney?  No.  Caribbean?  No.  Visiting the kids?  No.  (Just returned from a visit to CO with my daughter and her family).  It was not any of these and probably nothing what you’d expect as you continue reading.

What was I excited about?  It was about the new goal I set for myself and today was the day I took my first step…literally…my first step in running.

Now, I’m not a runner – never was and never claimed to be.  Runners of any type, shape or kind have my great admiration for what they do – whether they love it or hate it – and all their various reasons for running.

My goal isn’t to simply run.  Nope, not this girl!  The bigger goal is really to have better relationships with the people in my life that are important to me by doing or experiencing the things they like to do.  So, my daughter runs, rock climbs, bikes, and hikes fourteeners (Rocky Mountain peeks that are 14,000 ft) and I want to do some of that with her.  And in order for any of that to happen, I’ve got to begin today, one step at a time, to reach my goal of running 2 miles  with my daughter and granddaughter by this time 6 months from now.  Because nothing would be more meaningful than to run with both of them – just the girls – each filled with excitement of what we’ve accomplished and what we have yet to overcome and accomplish.

Today I took my first step toward that goal.  Although to some it might seem like such a small accomplishment, for me it was a great fete.  And here’s what I learned – I can get excited about getting out of my comfort zone when I focus on the value of the task / chore / goal /whatever-you-want-to-call-it.  I chose to be excited about something that is going to require me to do some hard work (no matter where I run in my neighborhood, most of it will be uphill).  Yet, that is not going to deter me from my goal.  Quite feeling like a kid at Christmas is all the motivation needed.

So, how far did I run this morning?  Not far by a marathoner’s or runner’s standards – .5 mile.  Yet, it’s cause for celebration because I did it!  I wasn’t running by their standards or worried about what any passersby would think.  I took action.  I can do anything in small steps – doable chewables – and stick to my plan.  I know that I won’t run 2 miles the next time I’m out the door at 5:30 a.m.  I do know that I will run 2 miles in 6 months continuing to work my plan – focused, motivated, and excited!

Finding the “key” to what the added value to my life and those around me made all the difference in how the goal / challenge / task was approached.  The truth is, it’s not about the running, it’s about the opportunity to connect and develop a relationship.  In the end, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Until next time…

I was on a quest – researching some information for a future presentation and happened upon this poem. (My belief is that all things happen for a reason – there are no coincidences.) So, I allowed myself to be taken down another path, just for a moment, because the words in this poem are so powerful. They especially ring true for a parent of an autistic child, or a parent of any challenged child; however, you can take almost any verse of the poem and apply it in any interaction you have with another human being – whoever that might be.

In your honor, I have received permission from the author, Sally Meyer, to publish her poem on Roots of Thought.

May you find one seed of value in Ms. Meyer’s words…

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Just for This Day

“Autism is not the end of the World…

just the beginning of a new one.”

Copyright © 1999 Sally Meyer

Just for this morning, I am going to smile whenever I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you wake up softly, all rumpled in your flannel and I will hold you until you are ready.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say you’re beautiful.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I am going to eat a huge breakfast, with bacon, eggs, toast and waffles and you don’t have to eat any.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that 100 piece puzzle together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the garden blowing bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry about what you are going to be when you grow up or who you might have been before your diagnosis.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you trying to fix things.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you put all kinds of barrettes in my hair, and put lipstick on my face, and I will tell you how pretty you have made me look.

Just for this afternoon, I will take you to McDonalds and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born, and how much we love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the bathtub and not get angry when you throw water over your sister’s head.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch swing and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will bring you glasses of water and snuggle beside you for three hours and miss my favorite show on t.v.

Just for this evening, when I kneel down to pray, I will simply be grateful for all that I have and not ask for anything, except

Just one more day.

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May YOU have “Just one more day.”!

Until next time…

It’s Tuesday evening and I came back into the office to catch up on some boring, mundane and very necessary and fulfilling work that is often involved in business. Just before sitting down at the computer, I decided to glance through this month’s issue (September 2009) of Success Magazine. Imagine my surprise when on the front cover I discovered Og Mandino was one of the featured articles!

I quickly turned to page 66 of the issue to read all about Og (like I was reading the words for the very first time). I was greeted with “I Will Act Now.” in big, bold, orange, and black lettering and I thought, “Is that powerful, or what?!” Coincidence that I was seeing in the boldest print “I Will Act Now” facing the routine stuff I was going to do? No. I firmly believe all things happen for a reason.

Could it get any better than that?

I thought not…

Would you believe it could? On the next page, 67, was Og’s picture with a captioned quote from Scroll IX, “Success will not wait. If I delay, she will become betrothed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the man.” (OK for me it’s I am the woman – you get the point.)

It took me a while to contain my excitement, or should I say reign it in. I was ready to run up and down the street proclaiming how great Og is, when I realized I do just that, very quietly, as part of my everyday life. More than that – I am practicing every day to live the principles that Og wrote, taught, and lived himself.

You see, it’s more than an article and a picture for me. It’s my way of life. Am I there yet? Certainly not. Will I ever get there? I don’t know – I hope to – someday. What I do know is that I’ve got some work to do. I do know by living and breathing the Scrolls, by becoming a product of the process, I improve my life, reach the success that was meant for me and I get to help others do the same – in teaching them, coaching them, guiding them to be the very best they were meant to be.

What I do know, with certainty, is that by acting now, at this moment, I put into motion all the positive action that will “nourish my success”.

To read the article, go to http://www.successmagazine.com/og-mandino-i-will-act-now/PARAMS/article/782.

Would you like to chat about Og? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time…

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