You Are A Hero

Did you ever know you are my hero? This verse from the song Wind Beneath My Wings written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley in 1982 and popularized by diva singers Bette Midler and Patti LaBelle should be the success anthem.

Knowing that you have heroes in your life and that you are or can be a hero to someone else is POWER! This kind of power is priceless, beyond the materialism that comes when you buy something for someone and then wash your hands, thinking that is enough. Hero power is beyond sentiment, where you randomly mouth how are you? and expect all is fine so you move on without interest in the other person.
Heroes don’t wear capes, but they stand up, speak up and dress up the wounds of others. Patrick Mayer is a hero. He created the company Wheelblades to simplify snow travel, though he himself is a quadriplegic and wheel-chair bound. Mayer says, “I am convinced that Wheeblades don’t just assist you but also bring you a lot of joy.”

Heroes bring joy. In spite of her personal pain from childhood cancer and the harsh treatments, Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004), then 4-years old in the year 2000, told her family she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex manned that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of joy and hope.

Heroes shrug fame or fatuousness, instead preferring to say, “I had to do something.” This world is full of people who do extraordinary things to serve and care for others without the grandiose glare of the media. You are a hero when you wipe up a spill on the floor in a public place that might injure someone. You are a hero when you stop someone from using sexist or racist remarks that degrade other people. You are a hero when you say thank you in your own powerful way.

These seemingly small acts of kindness, generosity and selflessness spring from the soul of heroes. Dr. Zimbardo, in John Quiones book Heroes Among Us, believes we can all build our “heroic imagination” by imagining heroic scenarios and figuring out how you would react; how you can be a hero to somebody. You can cultivate heroic genes, you can anticipate what would you do if ….

Quiones’ quest to find everyday goodness from common “heroes” stem from the hit primetime ABC television series, What Would You Do? that he hosts.  This is a pivotal question, what will you do? How will you help?

“Nothing liberates our greatness than the desire to help.” ~Marianne Williamson

There are heroes among us, YOU!

Take It Easy On Yourself

It’s time to celebrate YOU! The woman you are should be celebrated. The man you are must be celebrated. The young person or child that you are deserves loud claps of celebration too. It is time to celebrate.

Why is it time to celebrate? You need to celebrate and take it easy on yourself because life is so wonderful and you have contributed to that awesome wonder. Each time that a smile is shared, a word of praise is exchanged, an unexpected gift is given or a song is shared that lifts the heart-you have made a difference.

Celebrations also allow you to take it easy. Oftentimes the frenzied pace of the day demands that your attention is elsewhere on tasks and on competing requests to be fulfilled. Understood, but you have to take it easy too. Breathe in the fresh air, tickle a kitten, skip on the sidewalk, hum a bright tune. Have fun, celebrate.

A good way to keep a proper perspective while your life is hectic, as it can often become, is by focusing more on the fun and enjoyment you can share with others. Here are a few tips to take it easy on yourself:

  • Find your center. Get to the core of who you really are. You are more than a time clock. You are more than a carpool driver. You are alive and active for a purpose. Connect with that purpose person and take a minute or two and celebrate your given, central  reason for being here at this time, right now.
  • Be in the present. Blank out all of the head noise and just be. It is okay and the sane-making to be with yourself in the present. Cancel all noise and just be in  the serenity that is ever present with you. Be present.
  • Claim your right. You are entitled to celebrate. A you focus is proper and necessary each and every day. Shun any notion that you have to wait for your birthday or special event to celebrate. Celebrate and add good vibes any time you want to.
  • Relax and rejuvenate. Be free. Be positive, expect positive and everyone ends up winning. You can create a victory for yourself and others today by simply choosing to enjoy every second. Refresh your life. Relax and rejuvenate. Take it easy on yourself.

Jump for joy. Make it an any person festival of happiness. Look up and marvel. Plant your feet on your solid awareness that you are created with purpose. Smile, life loves you.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”   ~Oprah

Become A Practice Teacher

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Dr. Howard Thurman

Practice what you teach; that’s all it takes to be a practice teacher. Start today by noticing what you practice successfully (meaning what you are good at) and begin teaching that.

Rather than search all over the world for meaning, practice teach what has meaning for you right now. Modify your inner world-that what you know, practice and teach-to create your outer world.

Ask yourself what makes you come alive. That’s what you practice teach to the world. Touch what is intrinsic to you inside. Magnify and illumine that gift of an alive spirit within you and then glow in your happiness. You will feel an increased self-worth, gain in purpose identity, and sprint to new levels of success when what you practice and then teach is synchronized to your belief and action.

You already sense what is meaningful to you. That true purpose of yours is there, but it may take some changes in your learned automatic responses to uncover “meaning” that has been buried because of fear, tradition, criticism, doubt or other internalized limitations.

To become a practice teacher, you have to open up to life and leave all of your obstacles behind. Here is how to begin to practice teach and live a life of success:
1. Get into alignment. Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute suggests using mindful activities such as meditation or yoga to shift into stronger alignment with your innate passion to come alive. She says, “These practices help people to determine what’s meaningful to them and get aligned with these interests.” Or, create a mantra that magnifies your passion. The point with alignment is create inner and outer congruency to live out alive.

2. Seek opportunities. Search for opportunities in your life, whether its career or personal, to practice teach what is meaningful to you. Toss out your fears and do it, find opportunities that give you the freedom to make a contribution. Opportunities are out there, step into an existing one or create your own opportunity. It is up to you to find compatible ways to practice and teach what you value. Read Making Good.

3. Get out of a bind. Get away from whatever is binding you. Get out of the mental ropes that strap your mind. Eliminate your limits, resist useless tradition. Push back, investigate truth, examine meaning for yourself. Really search your mental attitude and rid yourself of oppressive coils of expectation. Trash mental clutter and open up to fresh, new possibilities and begin to practice teach what is bind-less to you.

4. Make a list. Now that you are open, ready to change and explore your intrinsic meaning of living alive and awakened, make your own life list. John Goddard made his “life list” of things he wanted to do at the age of fifteen. He wrote 127 goals or experiences that were meaningful to him-he came alive. Write your life list, live alive.

Active passion, that may or may not be guided by a life list, is one practice of the successful and fulfilled. Every person has a passion for something. The achievement key is to get your practice teaching certificate by living your purpose and passion now.

Come alive.

Fix Your Own Life

It does not matter the source to which we turn outside of ourselves to fix ourselves, it cannot be done. Only you can fix your own life. You may read tons of books, meditate, take the advice of others, or become a life-fix guru (and these things are often positive) it stills remains fact that you are the only one who can fix your life.

Iyanla Vanzant has a new television show on the OWN network, Oprah Winfrey’s production company, that’s titled “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” In credit to her, she knows she is only a conduit. Recently on the Tavis Smiley show, she offered this comment, “My vision is to elevate the consciousness of humanity one mind, one heart, one life, one spirit at a time.”

Iyanla is a source, that’s all. The fix of your life is still up to you. Eckhart Tolle, in his book A New Earth, also describes his written works as a source. In the opening of that book, Tolle writes “This book is about you.” Of course it is about you, for you alone can fix the interpretation thereof to meaning in your life.

Tolle is a source, that’s all. The whole premise of the book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits! is that you are the CEO of your life, only you. It does not matter what obstacle you encounter, you have the talent, source, wisdom to transform that, in truth, transient obstacle into an opportunity step to a stronger inner awareness.

What you read, inculcate or advocate is a source, that’s all. The awakening that all of humankind is called to internalize and advance is entirely up to you as an individual who forms a part of a collective consciousness of healthy healing.

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” ~Bruce Barton

You are superior to circumstance. You are superior to the ego in others and within yourself that tell you you are inferior. You are superior to temporal mistakes. You are superior to your past. You are superior period.

You are noble; ingest that truth for a while. Really feel your nobility-allow your inner nobility to transcend past labels. You are noble.

You are a perfect, superior being of nobility. It is your innate nobility and your superior nature that equip you to love yourself and others and consciously live in the pure freedom of acceptance in spite of perceived chaos. These two qualities-superior oneness and nobility- are the tools you already have inside that strengthen you to fix your own life.

Fix your own life; you can. Only you can.