… 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?
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!
How often do you hear yourself begin a response with “I can’t … I never … I always …”?
“I never take a break when there’s a deadline.”
“I can’t do that – I’m not talented enough.”
“No, I won’t drive through town – I always take the highway.”
Scan the various areas of your life (home, parenting, relationships, work, recreation…). Listen for your inner I Never … I Can’t … I Always …”. My “favorite” such phrases have included: Continue reading “Catch Yourself!”
The holiday season is upon us. While not everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, all of us are bombarded with the sights and sounds and shopping frenzy this time of year in addition to holiday parties with friends and coworkers.
Today, I would like to invite you into a practice around how you show up – regardless of your religious tradition: