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Commencement

Posted on January 15, 2016
Commencement

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

I always enjoy watching the conclusion of a graduation commencement service when the graduates toss their caps into the air.  You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief.  “Now, finally, this experience is over.  We made it through those four years!”

 

Yet, for those of us who have been through a commencement celebration, we know that it is really just the beginning

 

In a sense, each new year, each new day, is a commencement, a beginning.  What will you choose to do with that new beginning?  What opportunities will open up to you because you are alert to them?

 

Will you embrace the opportunity to bring happiness into the life of someone who very much needs it?  Will you accept the challenge of learning something new that might come in handy in the future?

 

Will you make the decision to progress further on your Greatness Journey?  And, make the conscious effort to enjoy each step of the way?

 

It's a new year . . . what better time to "commence" the rest of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Give Me Patience - NOW!

Posted on December 14, 2015
Give Me Patience - NOW!

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all, with yourself."

- St. Francis de Sales

 

The “Give me patience - now!” placard has always amused me.  It is also revealing and so true for many of us.  

Patience can help us.  It can fuel our sense of tenacity.   It can help us persevere in the face of obstacles and stay focused on our tasks.

Impatience, however, can be a symptom of other behaviors, some of which have negative impacts on ourselves and others.  If you are impatient, is it because you want to control people, things, and situations?  Is it because you are domineering and always want to have things your way?  Is it because you are self-centered?  What are the root causes of controlling, domineering, or self-centered behaviors?  

Let these questions marinate for a while before answering.  Take your time with them . . . be patient.  


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A Work In Progress

Posted on November 14, 2015
A Work In Progress


Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.”
    -Bruce Lee

 

The young child was wearing a t-shirt that was stained with her entire day’s activities.  Beneath the food and other stains were the words, “Be patient with me, I’m still a work in progress!”

As a “grown-up,” it’s important to remember we are also still a work in progress. We are continuously growing, learning, changing.  Progress does not end at a certain age, level of educational attainment, or series of life experiences.  Our growth is on-going; it happens every day we are alive.  It’s happening at this very moment.

The question then is . . . what are you becoming?


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Progress Not Perfection

Posted on October 21, 2015
Progress Not Perfection

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

- Benjamin Franklin

 

Life-long learning is required to successfully travel on a Greatness Journey.  At various stages of our journey we may need to gain more insight, enhance our skill sets, or adjust our mindset to overcome obstacles.

 

Sometimes in our quest for success, however, a tendency toward perfection may creep in. This tendency can be an obstacle.
 
Striving for perfection can result in an overriding need to control people and situations.  This tendency can lead to anger and frustration when expectations aren't met.
 
People who strive to be perfect rarely experience a sense of fulfillment or contentment.  Progress, not perfection, is the key to successfully traveling along our Greatness Journey.
 
Finding a balance between what you are doing and how you go about doing it is key.

Are you making progress . . . or seeking perfection?

 


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