After a partial summer break, we are back with our Daily Dose of Clarity. It still seems like summertime here in the desert southwest with temperatures still hovering around 100 degrees. We are looking forward to cooler weather which usually arrives in October.
September usually means that kids are back to school and college, but of course everything looks a bit different this year with many students, parents, grandparents, and teachers learning the details of digital learning.
Sending words of encouragement to all! Remember to breathe! This is truly a time of great adjustment. Whether we want to or not, we are learning patience and flexibility. May you find inspiration in our daily notes.
Photo By: L. Gordon
Location: Kamloops, British Columbia
September 1, 2020
Change Is Everywhere
This use to be my office located in Mesa, Arizona where I met with clients. Even before the pandemic arrived, I began to encounter more and more individuals who preferred phone or online sessions, mostly because they lived out of the area. I missed having clients experience the tranquil office setting located in a holistic healing center, but gradually I grew more comfortable with the changing landscape of healthcare.
Then Covid-19 changed healthcare options for so many and tele-health became a common phrase and option for keeping up with physical and mental healthcare.
My home office has many of the same furnishings, but it now has two retrievers who happily nap or occasionally bark at the delivery drivers they see from the window. Clients enjoy meeting Maggie and Daisy and hearing about their latest antics as well.
Today, I invite you to reflect on the changes that have occurred in your life over the past few months. Have there been positive changes amidst the global confusion? Take time to think about those changes that have brought unexpected good into your life. There have been many challenges, but if we stop to examine all aspects, we may just find some interesting changes that have brought increased love and light into our world.
September 2, 2020
Stop - Listen - Learn
Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, discussed the positive action of pro-active listening in his best-selling book. Dr. Covey lists Habit 5 as, "Seek first to understand, then be understood."
Many of us do more talking than we do listening and when we do listen, we often rapidly jump to conclusions. We hear something that sounds familiar to a past experience and our mind jumps quickly to a thought, opinion or conclusion before we have even heard the entire sentence or sentences.
Today, take time to reflect upon your listening habits. Do you take time to carefully consider more than one point of view? Take time to slow down as you are talking and listening to others. Stop. Listen. Learn. There is so much that we may be missing out on if we jump to conclusions. Ask questions. Clarify and re-clarify.
"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."
- Dr. Stephen R. Covey
September 3, 2020
Happiness and Hugs
Today, you are encouraged to reflect on what your daily life really looks like. Pretend you are viewing your life from outside yourself. Do you have hugs and happiness in your daily life? If not, is this something you want to change? You can change what you do not like about your life.
Read that again. You CAN change what you do not like about your life. It will take time and probably some significant sacrifice. It will take courage to step into the unknown and rebuild a different life. It may get terribly uncomfortable, but it may usher in the hugs and happiness you want more of.
Clients often say, "I don't know where to start. I am scared. What if I fail?" Yes. Your efforts may not go smoothly. Your goals may take longer than you ever dreamed, but if you never try - you truly will not know how different your life could be. Only you can make the decision to change - to try new things. If you stay in the same rut, it is not likely that a magic fairy will swoop down and rescue you. But YOU - can rescue YOU - if that is what you want to happen.
Be your own best friend. Be an advocate for yourself.
That old saying, "one step at a time" is a good place to start. Not making a choice to change things is also a choice. Be willing to acknowledge that. "NO choice - IS a choice." When you are ready - step out of your comfort zone. Step out.
Inspiration for the Weekend
"Possibilities in life are endless; we are all surrounded by them.
But a negative mind fails to see them, because it is incapable of looking beyond its present obstacles."
- Edmond Mbiaka
Be Who You Are
Let the true spirit of who you are shine through in all that you do.
Let your hopes and dreams always guide you in the direction that you definitely believe in.
Let the love that is within your heart never stop being the most important and beautiful part of your life. Travel through time not as one alone, but as one among the many; reach out to those who need your gentle spirit and caring ways. Make your passage through time an endless journey of love."
- Deanna Beisser
"Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing."
- Sharon Salzberg
Inspiration For The Weekend
The weekend is around the corner, but first there is Friday, September 11, 2020. A day of memories that forever changed so many of us. Today, we remember all who lost their lives in the tragedy of 9/11. We remember families, friends, colleagues and first responders.
"Wisdom means to choose now what will make sense later.
- Tracee Ellis Ross
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
September 14, 2020
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
September 15, 2020
"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
September 16, 2020
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
September 17, 2020
"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air."
Ralph Waldo Emerson