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I Like Her

In books, musings, songs on February 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

“I’ve never been given the chance before…but here’s hoping it will change,” said a 47-year-old, unemployed lady.

And then…she opened her mouth and sang.

No doubt, you’ve heard Susan Boyle’s story–maybe you even watched her wow Simon on YouTube last year.

In that moment of opportunity, Boyle transformed a crowded auditorium from doubters to gob-smacked believers!

She was given the chance. She took it. And, in her own authentic way, she became.

Malcolm Gladwell touches on this concept of capitalization (something he discusses in his book Outliers), and suggests that sometimes, “success comes from the outside in. It’s a product of situations, of cultures, of environments, of things that people pick up from what’s going on around them. In other words, we are vessels as individuals for all manner of influences.” And sometimes we need to be “lucky enough to be given an opportunity and seize it.”

Well this 40-year-old, unemployed lady is ready to seize an opportunity.

And in the words of one of my favorite Boyle songs:

And so here am I

Open arms and ready to stand

I’ve got the world in my hands

And it feels like my turn to fly

Though I may not know the answers

I can finally say I am free

And if the questions led me here

Then I am who I was born to be

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True Confessions

In books, quotes on January 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

So, I’m 19 days into the new year and I haven’t found peace, become self-actualized, discovered my life’s purpose, or even found a blessed job (although there are a lot of us out there who are struggling with this one!).

I mean, hop-skippy, Trace, what are you waiting for?

Oh, Sarah, my wise confidant, Sarah. Thanks for going easy on me. (A skill I’ve yet to master when it comes to myself!)

Remember, don’t be discouraged, Trace…take as long as you need…

and be gentle with yourself…

[deep breath]

Today’s Quote

In books, quotes on January 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Found this lovely quote in Richard Bach’s Illusions.

Connecting My Ah-has

In books, choose your destiny, exercises on January 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Ah-ha!

Oh, and ah-ha!

And…

Yes, Ainslie MacLeod’s book, The Instruction–Living the Life Your Soul Intended, was riddled with ah-has for me.

MacLeod’s systematic approach, helped me ponder my path, while helping me identify some common threads.

My biggest ah-ha? Is that I’m here to connect.

My Secret Formula

In books, grateful on January 8, 2010 at 1:21 am

paint pictures with words and sketches...whatever works for you!

Journal: check

The Artist’s Way: check

Simple Abundance and Something More: check, check

Well, I’ve got all of ‘em—my old-faithfuls.

You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve been down this path to self-discovery and, damnit, I’m not sure why I’m on it again!

(I mean, really, don’t you ever “achieve?” Aren’t you ever “done?”)

And since I’ve journeyed this way before, I’ve got my tried-and-trues by my side and am beginning to ground my soul.

How do I ground myself?

For me, it’s the daily process of writing in my journal, but it’s not just any kind of journaling. When I journal I follow my journaling secret formula:

  • 5 things: What five magical things am I grateful for?
  • Imaging: What do I want? Where do I want to be? How does it feel? Yes, I paint pictures, usually with words, sometimes with chicken-scratched sketches and occasionally with actual paint!

That’s usually where I stop but I think the formula needs a little tweaking.

So…introducing my new&improved, journaling secret formula (gotta love marketing!). Begin with the first two steps then add the following:

  • 5 more things: What five things do I love about myself? (Yes, I need to come up with five—each day! And, yes, this does make my heart quake!)
  • Soul check-in: Time for a heart-to-heart check-in. “Soul,” I will ask myself, “What do I need to know?” Then, just listen and write down what comes to me.

That’s it, my secret formula is revealed. Let’s see what following it will reveal…

5 Things

In books, grateful on January 6, 2010 at 12:34 am

Today, I am grateful for:

1. A chance to listen to Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. The book is always stimulating but it was particularly poignant, today. One big ah-ha from today’s listen was that I need to immerse myself in my bliss. (What is that? Anyone? Anyone?)

2. I also listened to a few chapters of Desmond Tutu’s God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time. Tutu’s absolute love is inspiring and I totally dig how he describes God’s love.

3. A yummy dinner—thanks, Tiff!

4. A home that’s keeping me warm on this arctic-y day. (The wind chill’s around 17° right now.)

5. Warm, fuzzy gloves.

Class Is In Session

In books, choose your destiny, quotes, songs, synchronicity on January 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

They say the teacher comes when the student is ready. Well I must be ready because Prof. Synchronicity is at the lectern and I’m frantically taking notes.

Ah-ha #1: I recently picked up Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Something More, and on page 39 I read the following quote:

“What if I told you that one year from today, you could be living your dreams, but (there’s always a ‘but’) it would mean that every day between now and then you would have to choose your destiny; in other words, that there are at least 365 choices standing between your dream and its coming true?”

Well, no, this isn’t new information but like I said, when the student’s ready….

Ah-ha #2: While checking out the “Best Music of 2009, From ‘Song of the Day’” on NPR, I listened to, “The First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale, and found more synchronicity:

“It’s the first day of spring
And my life is starting over again.
The trees grow. The river flows,
And its water will wash away my sins.
For I do believe that everyone has one chance
To f*@k up their lives,
But like a cut down tree, I will rise again,
And I’ll be bigger and stronger than ever before.”

[“Yes. Yes…’stronger….than…ev-er…be-fore…,'” I say silently as I finish writing my notes. “Dang, this is a great class–I should have signed up sooner!”]

Ah-ha #3: Quote on the back of One–a great little book published by Compendium (love them!)–reads:

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” –David Viscott

Oh…wow, I love that!

So let me wrap up today’s lessons:
1. I’m ready to choose my destiny.
2. I may have gotten lost somewhere along the way, but I can (and will!) rise again.
3. It’s time to give away my gifts.

[Oh, crap…what are my gifts?! Patience, Trace, you get to discover those another day.]