Being Vulnerable

November 26, 2013

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vulnerablityRecently I have been feeling very exposed and vulnerable.  I have just completed writing a book in which I share very intimate and personal parts of my life, I never revealed before. This caused great angst and fear within me. I am worried that people will judge me and look at me with different eyes. I never thought that I would feel this way, however I am vulnerable and its OK. To be fully empowered means to be vulnerable. To be true to myself and others I have to be vulnerable.  I know that life begins outside my comfort zone.  It is uncomfortable to express your feelings some times. To say things that might not be received the way we want them to be received. Maybe people will love my book. Maybe some will hate it. I know that I have to be OK either way. In order for me to be empowered I need to put myself out on the line and not worry about people’s reactions. Every time I get vulnerable and reveal more of who I am to the world, I allow my self esteem and confidence in myself to grow. Like a tree that was once a little sapling, I now stand tall and strong. I can withstand the winds and storms and shed my leaves in the fall to expose my bare beautiful branches to the world.

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Pay It Forward

November 19, 2013

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paying it forwardHere is a great story I just read about paying it forward. 

The King and the Gardener

A king went riding through the countryside to observe the conditions of his people. Passing by a field, he noticed a very old man. Although weak and obviously in great pain, the man was working hard planting date trees.

            The king stopped his horse and asked, “Old man, what are you doing? Surely at your age you should be resting at home enjoying the loving attention of your children.”

            “O great king,” answered the old man, “I cannot rest yet. I must finish planting these trees.”

            “How long will it be before they produce fruit for your pleasure?” inquired the king.

            “These trees will not see fruit for at least twenty years!” was the answer.

            “What is your haste then? Surely you will not live to eat the fruits of the trees you are so diligently planting,” observed the king.

            “You are correct, my master.” Replied the old man.  “However, my forefathers planted trees whose fruits I have enjoyed all my life. It is now my duty to plant for the benefit of the next generation.”

            The king was so pleased by this that he gave the man a gold coin.

            “I thank you, great king,” said the man, smiling. “Just planting the trees was reward enough for me.” But now these trees have already borne fruit. This coin is worth more than the harvest would bring.”

Pay it forward.  We don’t inherent our earth, we are borrowing it from our children.


What Will They Think!

November 12, 2013

 

criticismCriticism is a fear many people have. We become paralyzed by what people may think, feel, or do, because of it.

To avoid criticism is do not nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

Everyone has an opinion. People will talk, regardless of what you do or don’t do. So go out and make things happen for yourself.

If we don’t take chances we stifle our ability to live the life we truly desire. What will they think? This usually stems from childhood and being shamed. We are afraid to do something different, because our family won’t approve. The neighbors will think badly of us or our “friends” will no longer like us.

Teachers, relatives, friends and all the people closest to you will try to talk you out of the idea you want to express. Stay strong in your conviction and persevere.

All the people who accomplished anything great in their lives had to go through this test of criticism.

A mystical power will aid you along the way of your dreams if you persistently refuse to give up.  The fear of criticism will be overcome and you will triumph when you believe in yourself strong enough. Persistence creates faith, and faith is the only antidote for failure.


Great Resistance

November 5, 2013

resistance in life resistance in life No person, ideal or institution becomes great until Great Resistance has been encountered.
Greatness cannot be achieved until this concept is understood.
Unfortunately, the average person is ignorant of this rule to achievement. Mr. and Ms.
Average, in their ignorance are fearful and reluctant to encounter even slight resistance in liferesistance. They
don’t want to make waves or be criticized and they incorrectly feel that criticism will hold them
back and prevent their happiness from being realized. In truth, the opposite is the case.
Take note: when we begin to change our jobs, we are first given resistance by our loved ones,
for they fear change because change means facing the unknown! When we begin to make
rapid achievement or commitment to rapid progress, we have roadblocks thrown up by our
friends and relations. They begin to resist by negative comments and actions, which are
devices to cause you to maintain the ‘status quo’.
Now, if you are to achieve great progress, you must prevail against those closest to you; this is
difficult and requires courage because you desire to please and not hurt those you love. The
truth is that great harm befalls your loved ones when you fail to be yourself and do your thing.
This is so, because you lose your enthusiasm for life, your growth process stops and your self esteem
diminishes. Those negatives are reversed when you stand your ground; and when you
have prevailed, your loved ones gain a new and higher respect for you.
History records countless events, which prove the point. Let the great lessons of the past stay
in our mind as a beacon in our personal and corporate future. Let us understand and be
grateful that our ideas have proved worthy of tremendous resistance. Today, all over the
world, great forces have risen to resist our growth. These forces fear us for what we present
and they are attempting to destroy us and our dreams. Our understanding of this phenomenon
and our strength of character and our commitment to our way of life is prevailing over these
forces which have risen up. We are fortunate to have such great resistance. This resistance is
evidence of our greatness and it provides us with the energy to prevail. These next few short
years will record a brilliant history and establish a permanent place for our way of life – which is
Freedom to be and to work out our dreams for a great world, for ourselves, for children and all
humankind.
By William Penn Patrick


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