The Strength Found in Quiet

Life is pretty incredible, yet the crazy busyness that comes with can be unbearable. From raising incredible human-beings full of potential and juggling all that goes with it to working and providing a home and sustenance and much, much more, you do it all! Even when you aren’t doing something physically you are likely working your list mentally or solving a problem. Yet, think about the moments when you force yourself to be completely still… to do literally nothing. Those moments are rare for most of us, but there is great value in being still and embracing quiet. Think about it this way:

When you hear meteorologists talk about a hurricane they often reference the hurricane’s center as it applies to its strength. Guess where a hurricane is quietest… it’s center! The strength and stillness at the hurricane’s core shapes and defines it’s characteristics, and the same can be said of us.

In stillness and the doing of “nothing” is where you ultimately find your greatest strength.

Now, I’d like to think we don’t create the same sort of havoc a hurricane does, but we all have our moments, especially the three-year-old and teenaged hurricanes we know, and we certainly have a lot of life happening around us!

So, how do you find time to quiet yourself in your already busy life?

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24 Feb / 2017

The Waiting Game

You don’t have to look very far to find someone waiting, but waiting for what? Waiting for spring, waiting for their economic situation to improve, waiting for graduation day, waiting for a new job opportunity, waiting to have more physical energy, waiting for people to wake up, waiting… waiting… waiting! Ugh!

Now, I’m not a very good “waiter” – patience isn’t a virtue I have. At times, that lack of patience has probably gotten me in some trouble. However, most of the time the unstoppable urge I have to move forward is a gift; it serves me well, and being in action can serve you well too!

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We all know people who appear to have it all. The people who have a smile on their face and an upbeat attitude no matter what is going on in the world around them. They love what they do, they have a great family, life is good, and they always have a kind word to say. But, how do they do it?

They are Unstoppable!
  • They know what they want, and they are 100% committed to getting it.
  • They know that there is more power in a hug than a fist.
  • They love life.
  • They refuse to be stopped by any circumstance.
  • They know the value of asking for help.
  • They have teams that support them everywhere.
  • They are clear about what is most important to them.

Being unstoppable, refusing to be stuck in the muck-and-mire of life, is like playing a mental game of chess. We are either in the game, recognizing when we aren’t and are willing to do something about it, or we’re not! And, if “not” is where you find yourself, okay, but I ask you to reconsider. You see, life is all about having fun, stepping out, being visible, and playing full out no matter what the world has to say about it! So, give it a chance… I dare you!

Remember: You are the only person who has a say in how your life turns out!

What do you say?

With just a little more than a month of wintertime officially yet to go, many people are finding that the season has taken its toll. Some may have slacked off on their commitment to exercise and others may have used the cold, dark winter nights as an excuse to bury themselves in their work at night, simply because “there isn’t anything else to do.” Over the course of several months, the roots of these habits grow deep.

So, rather than wait for spring, how about we do some weeding now?

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How many times have you not walked a certain way to your office because you wanted to avoid someone? How many times have you avoided having a particular conversation because you simply did not want to deal with a circumstance or issue? We’ve all done it, but avoidance in most cases is nothing more than a quick fix. It is a band-aid that eventually comes loose. When a problem, issue, or circumstance is so big that you run away from it, chances are it isn’t going to just go away on its own!

When you resort to avoidance, what’s really got you? Fear! Yes, fear is real, but since it lives in our heads we do have the power to overcome it.

Instead of avoiding what distresses you, step out of your comfort zone and choose to face it head on. Change who you choose to be, how you react, and how you choose to behave in the face of any number of circumstances!

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