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Want to change the world? Make your bed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Start your day in a definite way.

I was intrigued bythe headline above and was hooked after reading the first paragraph.

Writer Jenee Osterheldt had this to sa:

“I made my bed this morning. And that’s rare. Unfortunately. As I straightened out the blankets, tucked the sheets just so and fluffed my pillows, I shook off last nights’ sleep and my constant resistance to being a morning person. This tiny task had a big benefit: It woke me up to the day, to the possibilities ahead”

Jenee went on to say she was inspired by a speech given to a graduating class at the University of Texas by US Navy Seal Admiral William H McRaven, who said, “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another and another. By the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

He continues “If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never do the big things right. And If by chance, you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made - that you made - and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better”

It resonated strongly with me because, like the writer Jenee, I had gotten out of the habit. Now I’m practising it again and it’s energising. Just like doing some exercise, it gives me a physical and mental boost. No matter what else happens in the day, I’ve achieved something positive. And one good thing leads to another.

What was it our parents said? – “Tidy your room” The great thing is – make your bed and you’re already half way there.

If you want to change the world, start where you spend almost one third of your life – your bed. Make it happen.

Have a great week.



Give yourself permission to SHINE!

Saturday, May 24, 2014
They say the teacher appears when the student is ready.

I recently did another workshop with Rebel Black -The Hungry Spirit

It wasn't all comfortable. After all, working on moving onward and upward involves risk, possible pain and definitely hard work. Things we all appreciate from a distance but don't always want to experience first hand. 

Part of the workshop preparation was required regular readings of some of Nelson Mandelas' Inaugural Speech, as follows;-

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others". Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural speech.

I know personally that the biggest thing holding most of us back is that nagging voice that tells us we shouldn't get "too big for our boots." That voice that makes us afraid of standing out - afraid of what others think.

That voice that can sap our energy - or gives us an excuse - to not do the work necessary to create and support our dreams. The often hard, challenging work we need to do, to get to where we want to go.

Martha Graham said "it's none of our business what others think about us." Kind of empowering.

A bloke I've know for a few years amazed me a few weeks ago with some rap songs he's written, but he wanted to get someone else to sing them because he didn't think his voice is good enough. It definitely is, he just needs to get used to the sound of it - and remember that he's his own worst critic, like the rest of us. The great thing is that after a bit of encouragement he's practising, improving and that energy is spreading. THAT's what living the dream actually is. Self doubt, yes. Struggle, totally. Effort, yes. But the doing it, is success in itself, no matter the outcome. Go Nathan. 

Remember, Sing Your Own Song . And to read a great take on "it's none of our business what others think of us click here

This week give yourself - and all around you - permission to shine.

All the Best,

Kim

Every single day, in every single way, we’re getting better.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I must admit there are days, when the planets don’t align or the politicians are particularly pathetic, that I struggle to believe my own song. Sometimes it feels like it’s all uphill. But, as with everything else, hills can be gotten over.

Staying the course requires perspective and being able to recognise the silver lining - or at least admire the scary darkness of the cloud. When we’re toiling up those steep and slippery slopes, muscles aching and heart thumping, be mindful that when we reach the summit, rather than a lush mountain meadow, with butterflies, frolicking lambs and babbling brooks, we may well be confronted by a vista of more parched and rugged mountains stretching to the dauntingly distant horizon.

That’s when a sense of humour comes in handy.

Who remembers the ex prime minister who stated that “Life wasn’t meant to be easy” and some years later found himself outside his New York hotel with no pants and no reasonable explanation?

If we’re actively participating, the ups and downs of life catch us all eventually, but even the most shocking, scary or plain cringe worthy events can bring on gut busting hilarity after a sufficient length of time.

Or at least a wry smile.

The key is achieving distance. Perspective. To step back and admire the comedy of it all.

Life has a way of shrugging at even the greatest achievements, biggest disasters or most mundane non-events, but there’s always a laugh there if we look.

As my wife and Garfield (not the same person) would say, “Don’t take life too seriously, it’s temporary”
This week, let’s look for the laugh wherever we can.

And if it hurts too much to laugh, smile inside.

On a completely different note, take a moment to check out this music video of the band No Shame from Walgett Community School. It probably won’t make you laugh but it will definitely make you smile. Inside and out.
       



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