“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
~De Sales, St. Francis (1567-1622)
Life is real, you show up ready. This post “Show Up Ready” has simple, practical steps to life your life.
One day, I talked about the Dale Carnegie concept of show-up words. So, I think I have picked a good one and here’s why. For any given day, moment or experience, I want to show up READY. That doesn’t mean I will have the answer to everything. It just means I am going to bring the best of myself to it and do whatever I can for the best outcome. There are several themes that I fitted into this notion.
Taking care of myself
How often have I found myself ill-prepared or lacking the energy to take up an opportunity that comes my way? More often than I care to admit. It is critical to care for oneself both mentally and physically by building their strength and endurance. Invest some time into building these up. And I need to avoid spreading myself too thin.
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I see life when I observe motion. The energy I observe creates. Bees fly and plants bloom. A child smiles and makes a better day. Life is one big motion to observe.
“Justice in the life and conduct of the state is possible only as first resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.”
~Inscription on the Department of Justice Building, Washington, D.C.
“Observe the invincible tendency of the mind to unify. It is a law of our constitution that we should not contemplate things apart without the effort to arrange them in order with known facts and ascribe them to the same law.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
Thoughts resonate any day of the week, but this is a Friday thought:
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the confirming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconfirming minority.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love, 1963