As a kid, I would take great pleasure in casting a stone across a pond and seeing how many “jumps” I could get and how much of a ripple I could create. I could spend hours casting and counting. There seemed to be no greater pleasure than getting one extra jump on my next throw.
Mother Teresa taught that one person cannot change the world, but much like a kid casting that stone, you can create many ripples. As I continue to be a student of Personal Development, I am constantly reminded that creating that ripple is far more powerful.
There were times in my not-too-distant-past when my business would stagnate or conflict would come into my life and I would “freak.” Rather than creating a ripple with a single stone, I would opt to do a cannonball off the cliff.
Anyone who has ever cannonballed knows that it can be quite painful and dangerous. The same is true in life. When you jump in just to make an impact, unforeseen consequences may follow. My mantra is, “slow, simple, and calm.” Isn’t that how you create the ripple with the stone? You take aim and gently and calmly toss the stone across the waters. As the stone jumps, a new ripple begins. As those ripples expand, soon they meet and intertwine. Eventually, the ripple is so large and massive; it may be beyond what the eye can see.
This is what I am learning. I gently let go and allow the Universe to do what it does best –allowing those ripples to grow unobstructed. When that happens, the effect I caused is still at the center and I can still visually see the results of my efforts. In life, that is the center of my Universe.
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Here’s to one incredible ripple effect!
Recently, while watching a movie about bullying and high school fanatics, I began thinking about my time in high school and the work I am doing today with our leadership and personal empowerment curriculum. Then, I saw the following post:
Things I Never Learned In High School:
I began thinking how my life would have been different had I been a student of personal development in high school. When I am speaking to people, especially educators about our curriculum, I mention that it is ideal for any student who is making a transition; whether from middle school to high school, high school to college, or college to the adult world. The power of the curriculum is in how we learn to stay in alignment with our core beliefs. When that happens, success is ours and the law of attraction is in our favor.
I never ask “what if,” but rather ask “what is to come?” I do know this. If I had studied personal development during my middle school and high school years as I do today, then those days would have been different. I would have had a better grasp on how to make decisions rather than sulking because I had lost a parent. I would have embraced my passion rather than feeling embarrassed. I would have acknowledged that a bold new world existed and that world was part of my journey and my destination.
Today, and I so wish then, I endorse two amazing principles of life: Believe and Be Happy.
When faced with a potential life altering decision, digging down deep for the answer may not be enough.
Armed with professional opinions and advice, many rely on safe decisions. What if the best decision is the path less traveled? For me, I knew the safe decision was not the right decision. I had the courage to make that decision, but found I did not have the tools to effectively cope.
Late in 2010, I decided to focus on my physical health. I joined a gym and had a routine check-up. The doctors discovered I have a Bicuspid Aortic Valve, a congenital heart condition that should be monitored and treated early in life, and an aneurysm. For me, treatment was over 40 years overdue. I was told I was facing an aorta replacement and looking at less than 2 years to live. A lifestyle change could improve my longevity. Knowing my Dad died of this when I was a kid, fear became a factor.
The lifestyle change was easy, but I wanted to intellectually and emotionally be wise. I did my research and learned that stem-cell procedures were being developed in South Africa and Europe. In the US, that was currently not an option. Yet, that option spoke to me. I wanted more information and self-empowering tools.
Two years after my diagnosis, my consulting gig was ending. I began looking for a new path. That search led me to aligning with my passions and focusing on my personal development. Call it the “law of attraction,” but my current alignment was having me look at me in a way I've never done before. It was not enough to make decisions; more so, how to effectively place them into action and have continuous, effective growth with my decisions.
Today, I monitor my progress with regular checkups, moderate exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Through BFE, I am gaining more insight and confidence. I am recognizing that my actions can lead to potential breakthroughs, resulting in a higher quality of life for me and others. This validates and enriches my journey.
We know that teachers have one of the hardest and one of the most inspiring jobs today. With media such a force in today's world, we turn to media to find a few Twisted Truths About Teaching!
As The World Turns, teachers teach The Young and The Restless. Some days are like the Wheel of Fortune, and others, Survivor. The curriculum serves as The Guiding Light, but often in need of an Extreme Makeover. For many, the Fear Factor are those Desperate Housewives who want All My Children in special programs. Today's teachers are The Voice and often asked to do the work of Two and a Half Men. And, around The Office discipline is frequently disguised as Law & Order or Deal or No Deal. The Big Bang Theory is our Modern Family is The New Normal. Parks and Recreation is how we must Go On. Dealing with Criminal Minds, a Person of Interest, and Breaking Bad is How I Met Your Mother. For teachers, there is no Deception; these are the Days of Our Lives. From the moment they say, "Good Morning, America," we know they are the real American Idol!
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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