Relax today and do nothing.
This is a guilt free day. Relaxing could mean watching the football game or being on the computer. Remember what is relaxing can vary from person to person.
Before you can love someone else, you must first love yourself. Today write a love letter to yourself. Tell yourself all the reasons that you love you. Your warm smile (remember yesterday) and our generous heart. It doesn’t matter if you are a little over weight or your hair is gray. What really matters is that you love you.
No one can truly predict the moment we inhale our first breath or when we will exhale our last breath. The whole concept of life and living fills us with awe and wonder. It is something to be treasured and lived to our fullest potential.
In the last few months my family has experienced sudden and unexpected loss of life. It seems our hearts have barely had time to recover between the sorrow that has persistently knocked on our doors. During this time we also have family members that are dealing with terminal and life changing illness. I find myself feeling anxious every time I log onto facebook, receive a text or answer my phone. You see those that have exited our world has not been limited to the very old and sick. Those would have brought intense sorrow but also some degree of understanding. Rather for us it has been our young and vibrant future family and world leaders that left us with no warning and no chance to prepare.
Their departure reminds me of the encouragement my cousin, Ms Vic, said to me as she was preparing to transition from this life; live, nothing else is important, live, don’t worry about credit, money and the cares of life just live life to the fullest. Since her departure I have made a decision to live consciously and on purpose moment by moment. I have set aside any need to judge, condemn or live up to some ideology of what should or should not be. I have determined to make an effort to be present when dealing with those that I love and serve. Yes, I meant to say serve because in my heart and mind I serve each and everyone with whom I connect. Living to me is seeing, being and fully giving of myself selflessly. It is daily encouraging, motivating and igniting faith in others. It’s absorbing, finding and sharing information that enables one to live, love and be better. It is understanding we are all a work in progress. It is knowing that none of us gets to choose when our work is over. It is not knowing what age, what way or when we will take our last breath. It is being comforted that our memories will live on in the life of others. It is knowing that our legacy lies not in what we have done but in whom we have been each and every day in the life of others. Living means we are blessed w
Some lights shine for a fleeting moment, others longer and others brighter; but all leave an impact. So today I want to set aside my sorrow and personal need to grieve. I want to reach into my heart and ponder on the gratitude of having known or been exposed to these wonderful beings. So, although, each of you have made your exit your light and life lives on in me and I will diligently carry the torch of living life fully until time for my exit. Each day I am alive is a day I get a “do over.” I get the chance to #livelifefully! So today I am filled with joy and happiness, and my light just got brighter because of you.
If you have been touched by a recent loss of life please share how you plan to carry on and live life fully at drshelution.com
Much Love and Many Blessings…Namaste!!!
Namaste-the God in me salutes the God in you!!!
“Age is nothing but a number.” Earnestine Sheperd
I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many creative and entrepreneurial spirits. These inspiring people work hard and yet have time to pursue other interest that bring them emotional and financial satisfaction. Recently I was watching one of Oprah’s shows and she showed a clip originally found on prevention.com about Ernestine Shepherd who is a 77 year old African American body builder and fitness trainer from Maryland. The story told of her quest to honor her sister by getting fit and making history at 50 plus. Her testimony and triumph is an inspiration to anyone that it is never too late to pursue change. There is also no end to the potential and possibilities that await those that risk change.
This story reminded me of my mom and her sisters who are always coming up with ideas to enhance their lives. They have done many things they loved and turned them into money making ventures. Many times these ventures evolved by meeting the needs of others. In so doing the rewards have been used to supplement their ability to provide support for their children, grandchildren, church, community and themselves. More importantly they leave for us a legacy that it is never too late to make a difference. With faith and perseverance any goal is achievable if you are willing to risk taking steps towards it.
Although; the aforementioned are great examples. Today, I am focusing on my cousin Nicole. She is a wonderful women who fulfilled her post education goals, worked for a reputable firm and opened her own practice. All of this was achieved while being a single parent; which is a full time job in and of itself. In addition she has sold hair and purses, organized trips and events and is now selling “glamberries.” Wow!!! Talk about someone who is willing to do what she can when she can; while working with what she has available to her at the time, this girl is an “awesome inspiration” in human form.
When Roxanne and I were talking about Nicole’s story, I thought to myself, why is her story so important to me? Well, as I was growing up people would go to work at a company and stay there until they retired or died. It seemed like stability was more important than taking risk. Happiness took a backseat to responsibility and the internet had not brought the world to our fingertips. Everything was funneled through your church or community and your means to communicate with that base. Nicole is a reminder that we live in a vast and diverse world. Our ability to connect to people and things all over the world via social media and the internet help support our dreams. We do not have to settle for one thing or one purpose; we can explore our options and learn and grow in the process. Our willingness to take a risk, work hard, let it serve its purpose and move up or move on is key. It is also vital to receive support from those that are able to give it; while releasing those that can not.
I, like Nicole, have done many things and have always had some business venture on the side. But in recent years I have conformed more with my childhood idea of stability. Transformation has been a part of my process but I have also rationalized putting things on the back burner or burial pile. Thank you Nicole for living your life and in so doing waking me from my slumber. You have reminded me that fear can hide in many places and time moves on whether you do or not. Support from the universe will come as needed. Life is for living, mistakes are only teachers, risk is faith in action and trust is confidence that “all things work for your good.”
So, I am taking inventory of my assets and abilities. Having grappled with the paralysis of analysis I am motivated and inspired to dust off my hidden dreams, pull out my ideas, let creativity flow and take a risk. I realize that things work when you work them and that from the words of my late father in law “nothing beats “a failure” but “a try.” Faith tells me what I need will be there when I need it.
So we will see; it looks promising for a new adventure to materialize on the horizon, to add to my day job and DrShelution, stay tuned to find out.
Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!!
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Sir Winston Churchill
Options. I am blessed to have options in my life. The world I live in is filled with options. Why is this important ? Well, according to a google search definition “an option is a thing that is or may be chosen. It is a choice, an alternative or a recourse.” This idea of “options” gives me a sense of peace and reduces stress. Even on my job we have been encouraged to give people options allowing them the opportunity of choice. This led me to share how options have impacted me personally.
A little more than a year ago I felt so indecisive about my job, what I would do when my daughter graduated, whether I wanted to live in the midwest, etc. It felt as if I had so many questions yet so few answers. It appeared as if I was stuck with very few choices. Doubt and fear were hiding my dreams.
During this time my mother went through a critical health crisis and survived. Needless to say this was a definite reality check. All of a sudden I had to reevaluate what was truly important. Then I was given the opportunity and made the choice to change jobs. This new job was a great fit for me it aligned more closely to my values, ideas about servicing people and allowed my gifts to be brought to the surface and shared. That decision alone has opened my eyes to this idea of options. It may be that you are in a season where you need to work to help meet the needs of your family or for your personal benefit but where you work and what you do is a choice. There may be options available if you open your mind and heart to them. I believe when we align ourselves with the flow of all that is good then good will come our way.
The midwestern winters also made me contemplate where I wanted to live and if a move was imminent when my daughter graduates. Should I create a retirement home on my parents property in Indiana allowing me the opportunity to be with them and travel, should I return to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to my son and give my daughter a chance to return to her birth state or should I stay in Illinois. I found myself struggling to make decisions and I felt as if I needed immediate direction and answers. Then I came to myself; through the help of my “truth teller” Roxanne and my dad. The reality was I have options; I do not have to live in a sea of indecision, I can pursue my options day by day knowing that the right path will unfold itself in time.
Today, I am very happy for where I am in my life. I am embracing my mid fifties authentically and in the present moment. I have made the choice to embrace this mantra shared with me by my mom; I will “cheat on my doubts, break-up with my fears and marry my dreams” day by day one step at a time. As such I feel very sure and confident the options available to me in this next chapter of my life will allow me the opportunity to live my life for my highest good or better.
Carpe Diem, seize the day and recognize the options in your life. More encouragement at drshelution.com.
Much love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila