I am returning with fresh energy after a brief hiatus. My step father, who was 101 years old, passed away on May 6. We were close in every way. I had the extraordinary experience of being with him during the last days of his life. Here are the 10 things I have learned about life looking through the eyes of this time.
Love is really all that matters in the end.
We will be remembered for our virtues and our impact on others (not necessarily how much money or stuff we have left.)
It’s all very mysterious and silent. Where do we go in the end?
I am courageous and capable of WAY more than I thought I was. The Energy within can meet any challenge. I trust that Energy completely and draw my confidence from there. (You can too.)
There are amazing people all around who show up fully (and without hesitation) in moments of intense need. These people are not necessarily who you expect (or hope) they will be. When you are called to step forward, step forward with a big YES. There is not necessarily a back up.
Loss and birth are intertwined. “The Universe says that loss demands birth and two are lovers.” Deena Metzger.
Seeing death at close range, gets us committed to LIVE life fully and passionately.
Focus on the goal and savor each moment.
We really don’t have that much time to dink around doing what doesn’t resonate.
Playing a ukulele can make you smile no matter what is going on.
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A few gems of wisdom from my SOLD OUT 30 Amazing Women-Seattle Event this past Monday.
Guiding principles for Turning Points:
1. Each life has a destiny & purpose that is unfolding and there are often deeper clues to that purpose at turning points.
2. We can sense the turning point coming and at these moments we are called to let go vs. hang on.
3. It’s not easy to let go. There are pitfalls and there is fire. There are places where fear or unexpected events can cause us to waiver or wobble. This is part of the process and easy to misinterpret. If we choose to hold on when we are called to let go, we just keep “circling Dallas”. Forward progress is indeed slow.
4. There is a flow that is wanting to happen if we listen. The flow helps us wisely discern what to hold on to and what to let go of and WHEN.
It is Fall, the changing of the leaves; time to set down our hoe, celebrate the harvest and let go of what is no longer needed as we turn towards winter.
Last week I came across a children’s book called “First Snow in the Woods.” It’s about a fawn in fall, approaching her first winter. She can sense that a change is coming and she’s not sure she’s prepared. All the other animals give her advice. The squirrel says, “Gather your Acorns!!! “ The groundhog says, “HIBERNATE!!!” It goes on and on, the advice not at all appealing or appropriate to our fawn. Meanwhile she is looking worried . She is losing all of her spots and growing a heavy coat that is, well, quite hot.
In the end, with the help of a few key words of wisdom from a wise teacher, our heroine fawn realizes she has all she needs to enter her next season AND she notices that she has naturally prepared for this change in her own instinctual way. The way of the fawn, which is different from every other species.
This fall, may you feel a deeper trust and knowing of your way, your path and your destination. We are all being called to step forward with clear conviction into our purpose and legacy. This stepping forward involves turning points. While you may or may not be aware of what needs to change. We are all in the process of turning toward what’s next.
There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change, but it doesn’t change. Willliam Stafford