When we think of independence we often think of not needing anyone else. We think of being independent individually, rather than collectively. Today may we all remember that this independence was never meant to be celebrated simply on an individual level, but as a nation.
A lot of people have been in a state of what feels like perpetual transition. It is epidemic. Everywhere I go I talk to people who have been waiting and waiting…and waiting… on what they believe is their next step. Obstacles have blocked the forward movement of many plans and purposes. Hearts are yearning for what feels so close, but continues to escape their grasp. Well, folks, it is time to stop yielding to the obstacles, and start moving them.
I was thinking about you today. Seriously.
I was thinking about every single person who has signed up to receive these posts, and my heart got
very full…because I realized you are world changers…and you chose to connect with me. I am both
humbled and honored. We need more world changers!
You want to make a difference. I want to make a difference. Even if you don’t know what difference you want to make, you still want to make one.
I have yet to meet a person who wanted to grow up and influence no one, have no impact, and just get by until they die. Those are not the dreams in any child’s heart, nor are they the dreams in any adult’s heart of hearts.
Strengths. Talk surrounding the assessment and utilization of people’s strengths has become so common that the word “strengths” is in danger of becoming a buzzword without significance. That is unfortunate.
We all have innate strengths, just as we all have physical muscles. Yet just as it is obvious that not all people work their muscles to the same degree as others, it is also pretty obvious to pinpoint those who work their innate strengths more (or less) than others. [read more]
Powerful and ongoing, the impact of words continues to amaze me. In 2005, I met a new friend who shared with me that at the end of every year she and two other friends would get together and share a word that each of them had chosen to be “their word” for the following year. Just one word. How their current word was playing out in their lives was also shared. My question was, How in the world do you choose one word? [more]
Once you take ownership of these keys, take care of them well and begin to use them daily. [more]
I began this year with a quieter soul. Intentionally. What I mean by that is I decided to deliberately listen to my thoughts, pay attention to my desires, and stay aware of my emotions throughout the day…and respond accordingly. This has quieted me. Brought more peace.
Looking back can be an effective catalyst for moving forward. As 2016 comes to a close, many are reflecting on the successes, as well as disappointments, of the past year. Too often we allow the circumstances of life to dictate how our year (month/week/day/hour/minute) will turn out.
Though there is some debate as to whether Ghandi actually said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” or not, the idea behind it is still brilliant. After all, we certainly can’t force others to change and become what we want to see in the world. So why not start with ourselves? [more]