I am not strange …

… I am a limited edition! A friend shared this with me earlier today. When I looked up the source, I found the original quotation from author, J.T. Geissinger:

“I’m not weird, I’m limited edition.”

My friend and I were talking about expressing our true selves, daring to live “my” life, and not some watered down version of life based on who “you” think I “should” be.

Yet, I bet you all have met some eccentric folks, living their lives, their way. Perhaps you judged them weird or strange and vowed that you would “stay within the lines, the confines of society’s normal”. Yet, every genius, inventor, child prodigy, spiritual guru who ever walked the planet was an eccentric who lived “outside the lines”! And without their contributions, our lives would be so much less rich. Depending on the eccentricity, you may have labeled some of these folks weird – and others, amazing limited editions!

Today, I am inviting you to be your own “limited edition”. Yup! Who are YOU really? What makes you uniquely you? What part of your uniqueness do you share with the world around you? And even more importantly:

How do you label yourself (if you must use a label, that is!)?
How can you embrace you as “limited edition”?
What are you waiting for?

Checking in …

How do you check in with yourself each day? Does your morning start with an intentional pause to discern things like:

  • What MUST happen today?
  • Who needs a bit of attention today?
  • How prepared am I for what’s ahead?
  • What do I need to get grounded and ready?

I’ve had a “morning practice” for many years now, though it has changed many times. Recently, I made yet another change — inspired, actually, by a strong sense that my “grounding check-in” was actually ungrounding me and rendering me less prepared for the day ahead than before I got out of bed!

Curious?

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What is your intention?

“Attention activates the energy field, and intention activates the information field, which causes transformation.” Deepak Chopra

More simply stated,

Attention energizes; Intention transforms

This simple phrase had a big impact on me this week and I’d like to invite you into its power. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “What you focus on, expands.” Focus on the pile of work on your desk and fear of the looming deadline and quite likely, anxiety and overwhelm grow. Focus on a persistent pain in your body and it seems ever present. Paying attention energizes what we pay attention to!

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What is your 1%?

Too often, when groups of people collaborate and something doesn’t go as planned, the impulse is to look “out there” and notice what “they did wrong” — to find blame. This happens at work, at home, truly anywhere we humans attempt to co-create. Employees blame leadership and vice versa, siblings are quick to point the finger, spouses also, unfortunately, notice the others’ failings before their own.

Are you willing to try something new?

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How full is your cup?

An important businessman, hurried and stressed, visits a Zen master, seeking guidance. The Zen master sits down, invites the businessman to sit, and pours the visitor a cup of tea. But even after the tea fills the cup, the Zen master continues to pour, allowing the tea to spill, now running over the entire table.

The businessman is taken aback. “Stop! Please stop pouring the tea! The cup is full and obviously can’t hold any more.”

The Zen master replies, “Yes. So it is with you. And you will not be able to receive any guidance unless you make some empty space first.”

As shared by Terry Hershey in The Power of Pause

Is your cup overflowing? How do you respond when life pours more into your personal space than you can embrace? Do you reach out for answers only to discover that you don’t have the bandwidth to receive them? Continue reading “How full is your cup?”