Gratitude

Receiving

How have you cut off your money flows by deciding that _____ is how you receive money?

For example….

You may say, “I’m a waiter.  I make money waiting tables.”  Do you allow money to come in any other way?  Or is this the only way you can receive money?

This point of view leaves you blind to anywhere else that money could possibly enter.

How many decisions about who or what you are do you use to cut off receiving money?

Receiving


What is receiving anyway?  It’s not just about money.  It’s kind of about everything.

Really.

Receiving adoration.
Receiving joy.
Receiving gratitude.
Receive YOU.
Receiving judgment.  Yep, that’s right.  Judgment too.

If you’re unwilling to receive everything, good or bad….can you truly receive anything?

Your Desires

We all have them.  Things we would like to show up in our lives.  People we’d enjoy spending time with.  Places we’d love to visit or live.  Money we’d like to see in our bank account.

There are things we desire.  And by “things”…I do not mean things.

I just mean…we have desires.

Can you receive?

Are you willing to have ALL of life come to you with ease, joy and glory?  Are you willing to receive the good, the bad, the ugly, and anything in between?

What if you cannot receive anything you desire unless you are willing to receive everything?

How?

It can be quite simple.

If someone offers to buy your dinner, simply receive it…
If your neighbor shovels your snowy driveway, receive it…
If your friend betrays your trust, receive it…

Receive it all with ease and joy and glory!

I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating:

Ten times in the morning, 10 times at night:
All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Just try it.  If it doesn’t work, set it on the shelf.  I have no point of view.  What do you have to lose?????

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of life comes to me with ease, joy and glory!

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A Whole New Level

What if you could BE you on a whole new level??  Would you be willing to be that bold?

Are you willing to step into BEING in a whole new way?

What an adventure!

I am keenly aware that when I truly be me, when I step into all that is, when I show my true self to others, my life expands in a way I don’t know I can put into words.  I’ve experienced it.  And it’s wonderful.

And yet…

There are times when I hide who I really am from others.  And I play small and insignificant.  The other person doesn’t get to experience the totality of me.

It’s a lose, lose event.

Why do we do this?

We are here.  We are wonderful.  We are potent beyond measure.  We have unique talents and gifts that no one…NO ONE…else can bring to the world.  We are truly amazing.

And yet we hide this.  Why?

Fear.  Whatever that fear shows up as in your life.  However it looks.  THAT is what keeps us hiding ourselves.

If they knew the real me, they wouldn’t like me.
They’ll think I’m weird.
No one will ever embrace my uniqueness.
They can’t really “get” me.

Do you hear the lie in all of that?  It’s all a lie!

We buy it hook, line and sinker.  

Would you like to know the real lie?

The real lie is that by hiding yourself, people will like you.  That in denying yourself, you are generating a life.

The truth is that when you reveal yourself in all of your weirdness and vulnerability, people will show up in a whole new and different way and embrace you like never before.

They will be grateful to know YOU…whoever YOU happens to be.

The Invitation

Start being you.

What would that look like?  Who would you be?  How might your life show up?

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Trajectory

In life, we are often faced with choices for which direction to move in life.  Many times, we look at situations as “either ___ or ____” and we miss the other many choices available to us.  In any given situation, we have a multitude of choices before us.

Frustrations

Sometimes we make a choice for change.  We would like something different in our life and so we choose something we’ve not chosen before.  Then we step back and look…and when the results of our choice are not immediately evident, when we cannot see the change we chose, we become frustrated.

We assume that because we cannot see the fruits of our labor right away, it didn’t work.

Or that we picked the wrong thing.

Or there’s something wrong with us.

Frustration sets in pretty quickly, doesn’t it?

Trajectories

A trajectory is the path described by an object moving in air or space under the influence of such forces as thrust, wind resistance, and gravity, esp the curved path of a projectile.

This can apply to our lives as well.  Our lives have trajectory.

And whenever we choose something different from what we’ve chosen before, our lives take on a new trajectory.

Look at this diagram as a life’s trajectory, with someone at the center point and the arrow pointing straight up as their current path.  If in this moment, they make a small change in their life’s choices, the impact in 1 year (first circle) is pretty small.  But if you go out 5 years (second circle), you can see that small change is quite substantial at that point.  Now, imagine that same choice 20 years out.  Or 50 years.  WOW!

Also notice what occurs when at the 1 year point, the individual makes another trajectory changing choice.  Notice the difference in their original trajectory and the result of 2 small changes.

Hope

It is my desire that this gives you some hope.  Hope for the trajectory of your future.

Hope that one small choice, one small change, can alter your life.

Hope that just because the results are not immediately noticeable doesn’t mean that the choice was wrong or that something is wrong with you.

You’ve never made a wrong choice because every choice you’ve made for your entire life brought you to where you are and who you are today.

Be grateful for your journey.

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Earth

There is much talk around today…a lot…about “Save the Planet.”  People talk about recycling and “going green” and reusing.  What if that is not what will save the planet?  What if there is more required?

Destructive Forces

Can we all agree that some of the most destructive forces on Earth are forces such as:

Anger
Hatred
Judgment
Fear
Invalidation
Apathy
Resentment
…etc…

It’s not a complete list, but these are definitely on the list, correct?

What if…

What if these destructive forces, combined with others like them, are far more detrimental and destructive to the Earth than any kind of paper use or making plastic.  What if the vibrations of anger, apathy and resentment damage the Earth more than the annihilation of any rain forest?

Just a thought…

Generative Forces

If there are destructive forces, then there are also generative forces.  Some of those might look like:

Caring
Gratitude
Kindness
Joy
Appreciation
Questions
Ease
…etc…

Again, not a complete list, but you get the idea.

Generate Our Planet

What would it be like if we generated our planet, instead of destroying the planet?  Not only with recycling and such…not that those things are unimportant…but with what we be toward others around us, with our attitudes and actions.

The Key?


Is that the key to saving the planet?  Who knows?  But would it be amazing and magical if it were all that was required?

Are you willing to access kindness and joy and gratitude to save the planet?

What else is possible?

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Hiding Out

I had an interesting conversation once with a young man.  He explained to me that the reason he chose his career was his fear of “the real world.”

In high school, he became aware that he was almost an adult and so began to work to excel in sports so he could ha

ve a scholarship to buy him time in his avoidance of “the real world.”

Then in college, he worked to avoid the real world by pursuing professional athletics.

As a professional athlete, his primary drive was his fear of having to enter the real w

orld, get a real job….perhaps live a real life (that part is my point of view).

Living Life

We each have a life to live.  We have things that we are here to learn or achieve or complete.  We are here to live.

What’s th

e point otherwise?  Why even be here if we are not living life?!!

Hiding Out

In what ways are you hiding out?

What are you choosing in order to hide out or avoid living life?

We all do it on some level.  We make choices, turn them into “have to’s” so we can use them as excuses for avoiding living.

Personal Confession

I work in a barn about 35 miles from my home.  I adore the place.  The barn owner has been great.  I adore working in barns, being around horses, communing with nature and such.

I’ve told myself that I “have to” work there because I need the money.  (Note:  There is a fear attached here.)

The reality is (when I look past the fear) that the money I get working there probably just covers my gas getting there and back.

What would be generative for me?  Well, maybe having more clients?  A local job?  Stay home & not use the gas?  There are infinite possibilities!

And I use it as an excuse to hide out.  It’s safe.  It’s comfortable.  It’s familiar.  Right?

Why do I do it?  It’s clearly not logical.

Fear

It’s not really real.  And we are great at making it very real.  We make it more real than living!

Fear of being rejected by friends and family.
Fear of passing others up.
Fear of judgment.
Fear of the unknown or uncertainty.

We make it so much more real than what actually is!

STOP

Stop letting fear of living rule your life!  Get out there and make the choices that actually contribute to your life and living!  If the life you are currently living is based on fear of the real world, get out there into the real world!

It’s fun!

It’s generative and rewarding!

The real world ROCKS!

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Impossible…Is That Even Real?

I read a quote on a blog by Joel Runyon.  His blog is all about doing the “impossible.”  It’s a really great read.

Now, back to that quote….

“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” – G. M. Trevelyan

It’s interesting to ponder this.  How often do we do this?  How often was this done to us?!  How often is this still done to us?!

And the intentions are usually pure.  People are just trying to protect us…they don’t desire for us to experience disappointment or failure (whatever *that* is).  Shouldn’t it be our choice whether we would like to fail miserably?

Would it actually be failure?  What is failure anyway?

Back to the Impossible

What does that mean?  Really.  Does it only mean that no one has done it?  Or that no one has tried?  Does it refer to a lack of knowing if it can happen?

The dictionary defines impossible as “unable to be, exist, happen.”

But what does that mean?

Making “Impossible” Happen

Have you ever noticed that it only takes one person, who is willing to do something, to accomplish that which is impossible?

Prior to 1954, people thought it was impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  Then one man made it happen on May 6, 1954, when he ran a mile in 3:59.4!  Impossible?

At one time, people looked up at the moon and thought that no one could ever get there…it was impossible.  Then on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made it happen when he stepped out of the landing craft and onto the surface of the moon.  Unable to happen?

What have you decided and judged as impossible that if you would destroy and uncreate that decision would open up a whole new world of infinite possibilities to you?

What is possible to you and your life and living if you let go of impossible?

Don’t be shy! Tell me. What can be possible for you?

Much gratitude,
Sarah

All of life comes to us with ease, joy and glory!

Which Are You?

In life there are mostly two types of people who show up….

Tiggers…

…and Eeyores

I always liked Eeyore!

It sounds odd, but his glum was kind of cute.  And it always felt a bit like he wasn’t really sad, he just pretended to be sad.

I really liked Eeyore’s heart.  He has a great heart!  His love and compassion are evident…his caring nature toward his friends.

I love Tigger!

He sings:

The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I’m the only one!

Tigger is exuberant!  He drives Rabbit crazy with his bouncing.  He is FUN!

Which Are You??  Tigger?  Or Eeyore?

I suppose I’m a little of both.  I have the caring and kindness of Eeyore….but outside of that, I’m ALL Tigger!  I’m fun, fun, fun, fun, fun…and I’m the only one!

The Only One…

Yes.  I’m the only ME there is.  No one else is like me.  No one contributes what I can contribute.  No one chooses exactly what I choose.  I am ME and I’m the only ME there is!

How ‘Bout You??

I’d love to hear from you!  Are you Tigger or Eeyore?  Are you happy in your choosing or would you like a different choice?  Are you stuck on how to choose something else?  Talk to me!

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

All of Life Comes to Me with Ease, Joy and Glory!

Happiness Quotient

You’ve all likely heard about the Intelligence Quotient, or IQ.  IQ is a score derived from one of several different standardized tests designed to assess intelligence.  And if you really desire to learn more about IQ, you can go here:  Wikipedia.

And while many people believe that your IQ is very important in life, I’d like to offer a different possibility.

Happiness Quotient

If there were a series of standardized tests to assess happiness, or joy, what would your HQ score be?

Probably not something you’ve ever even thought about, right?

Well, let’s think about it a bit.  What is your “happiness quotient” or what would it be if there were a test?  Would it be high?  Or would it be average?

Be honest.  You’re not answering me here…you’re answering yourself, so please be honest with yourself.

Happiness Can Change

Your HQ might change a bit from day-to-day, depending on how each day goes.  You may have a day of let’s say 100HQ and a day of 45HQ.  Overall, though, there should be a trend.  Overall, you should see a predominant set of numbers, either on the high side or the low side.

Maybe Joy Would Be Better Here

Maybe it would be better to use a Joy Quotient?  Since joy is what we are.  And happiness ebbs and flows with our circumstances.  But joy is pretty constant…true joy.

Either way…

I’d like to invite you to examine your HQ or JQ, whichever you prefer.  Take an honest look at your daily life and determine whether you’re an all-around “happy person” or whether you might desire to do some things to raise your HQ.

Tomorrow

We’ll examine how this might be important a little more in-depth.

Much Gratitude,
Sarah

Communication Flub

I really, very strongly dislike when I say something that makes perfect sense to me but lands on the recipient and leaves them in complete confusion.  This happens quite often with me because I hold some strange points of view that when examined closely can often just be a case of semantics, but when it offends or upsets the other person, I feel badly for that as it was not my intention.

In the interest of being my true self, I will share an incident.  The tanning salon I use is owned by a man and on occasion a friend of his stops by during my session.  They are quite a lot of fun, the two of them.  Yesterday, the friend said that he was a nice guy and I replied, “You’re too fun to be nice.”  (Open mouth, insert foot.)  What I couldn’t get straight until AFTER I’d arrived home was how to explain to him my version of “nice.”

Nice

When I hear nice, I tend to think of a superficial and shallow state.  Nice doesn’t feel real.  It’s what happens when under observation or with an agenda.  Nice is something people “do.”

Where I got stuck…

I got stuck trying to explain this to him. TOTAL, complete and utter stuck.  My brain was locked up…it was in jail!

Kind

The other half of what I couldn’t communicate to either of these wonderful men was that I perceive them as KIND. Kind is deep.  Kind is abiding.  They are both kind, caring and genuine individuals and that is why they are such fun!  Kind is a “being” not a “doing.”  And if these two amazing individuals know nothing else, they know how to “be.”

In my point of view, kind carries a completely different vibration than “nice.”  Maybe it’s overused?  Maybe it’s thrown around too haphazardly?  I don’t know what it is.

Here’s an example:  Someone buys a gift for you.  They clearly put thought into it, getting you something that fits your personality and style.  You tell them:

A — Thanks.  This is nice.

OR

B — It was so kind and caring of you to get me this gift.  I can tell you put a lot of thought into it.  I am very grateful that you thought of me.

Can you FEEL the difference in those two “Thank you’s”…one just feels flat, superficial and shallow, doesn’t it?

I’m blond…

I’ll chalk it up to a “blond moment” and one of the primary reasons that my motto is:  “Cute, not bright.”

I sat there completely locked up, with my brain in jail, while these two wonderful men tried to reason that they were “nice guys.”

I felt horrible!!

I couldn’t make a sentence even form.

My Apology

Today, when I stop in for tanning, I will be able to communicate this to the owner (and maybe his friend, if he happens to be there) and hopefully shed some light.  And I will apologize.  I will apologize that my brain went to jail and I couldn’t form a sentence to communicate to him the kind and caring individual that I perceive him to be.

Much Gratitude,

Sarah

Bodies Know

Our bodies never ever lie to us!!!

I know.  This might be a stretch for some.  It’s true.  They do not lie.

My Dinner Last Night

I was driving home and passed this little restaurant and thought, “Oooh, they have good chocolate cake!”  So, I turned around and went in.  Once inside, I sat pouring over the menu trying to choose what to have for dinner (because I couldn’t just go straight to dessert right? That would be totally unheard of.) and not finding anything on the menu that sounded good.  I ordered Spaghetti Ala Leonardo.  My salad arrived and I ate the good stuff…the tomatoes, cucumbers, etc…and left the majority of the lettuce.  Then dinner came.

I ate about three bites and sat there saying to myself in my head, “Self.  Why did you order this?  We wanted chocolate cake.  Not spaghetti ala leonardo!  Cho-co-late cake.”

I asked her to box up the spaghetti…I’m not sure why.  And I left.  I felt somewhat sick after eating the spaghetti that clearly, my body did not desire to eat!

Have you ever done this?

It happens not only with food, but with clothes and activities.  Our bodies communicate something to us and then we second guess and think, “No.  That couldn’t possibly be correct.”

With food it can show up as I described above…complete dissatisfaction with what you are consuming.  One of those days where you sit and think, “I should’ve just ordered the steak I actually wanted instead of this salad.”

With clothes it might show up as feeling uncomfortable until you put on that top that you had initially thought about, but then “decided” wasn’t appropriate or whatever.

With activity it can also be that feeling uncomfortable or even pain.

Bodies are conscious

Our bodies are completely conscious.
And they talk to us all the time.

Why do we ignore them??  They never lie.  Seriously…NEVER.

Bodies don’t lie

I was out with a friend and the first thing I noticed on the menu was the filet mignon.  I’d just had steak, though and thought that I’d rather have the salmon.  But every time I looked at the menu, all I saw was steak.  My body really desired steak…and I actually had an “argument” with my body.  But since I’ve (mostly) learned to listen to my body, I ordered the steak…albeit reluctantly.

IT.  WAS.  HEAVENLY.

See?  Body knew.  Body knew what I was unwilling to know.  So, kudos to you body!!  Thanks!

My Invitation

Tune into your body when choosing something that affects it…like food, clothes, movement, etc.  Ask your body what it would desire to have or do.

Would you be willing to let go of all the cultural mindsets about what you “should do” and just ask your body what it would like?

In Gratitude,
Sarah