Being grateful never gets old. Every day — and some days can be pretty tough for all of us — someone is living through something that we wouldn’t wish on anyone. Just turn on the news for five minutes. You will become grateful for what you have.
I have learned to be grateful for so much in my life, whether the experience is bad, good or indifferent. We don’t always see it that way, but I know everything we experience is meant to teach us something.
Most of all I am grateful for my team, both my team at home and my team at work. Everyone transcends in wonderful ways I would never have expected. I used to want loyalty from people around me, but I never really knew what loyalty meant. I realized that I wanted something, but until I could embody it I couldn’t receive it. It all starts from within. I wanted love but I didn’t know how to give it. So I was always left feeling unloved — until I started to love myself. Now at age 35, I have learned what many learn at a much younger age. I am so grateful!
I really love this season and I love being able to give more. I always love to give, but what I now understand is that what we have to give is always there in our hearts. We embody it all. In my next post I plan to point out more examples of gratitude as we end this year and plan for 2016. It will be a wonderful year — I know it already!❤️
This week I found myself feeling frustrated with the overwhelming number of things to do right before the holidays. How could I possibly get everything done? (Welcome to the club, you are probably saying!) Even worse, I found myself feeling that those around me — both at home and at work – were not doing enough to help me. So, I became agitated and began working even harder. Not a good situation!
In the middle of all this my partner, who is a reasonable man, calmly made me realize that I needed to ask for help. Walking around being all passive aggressive with a chip on your shoulder does not help, he said, and feeling overwhelmed with everything bottled up inside does not answer questions or solve problems. We must all open up and ask for help, he said, and he was right. We talk to our individuals and our own children and associates and ask them all to voice their concerns, to use their words. And all of us need to do the same thing!
My partner likes to say that a closed mouth does not get fed. I have learned over the years that this is so true. Speak up, making sure it is not coming from an angry and agitated place. Then help and advice appears, things get done and you will no longer be overwhelmed, angry and alone!
So 2015 is almost over. We have accomplished so much at Elegant, moving closer and closer to making our vision become reality. Of course we have had ups and downs as positive and negative energy forces influence us. But through it all I have learned so much. For instance I have learned what happens when you find negative energy around you and learned how to rise above negative influences.
I have also learned that acceptance is crucial to people. I have acquired a true understanding of that which has built up over the years. Our diverse and amazing team at Elegant reflects that understanding and our individuals and team alike appreciate each other for what we are and what we all have to give.
To live a life you can be proud of you must appreciate others, respect them and love them. At work we must live up to our full potential. At home we must generate positive energy towards all who are close to us. If we do that, we can truly enjoy the life of joy and abundance we have all earned. When we radiate strong positive energy those who do not fit in will slowly, but surely, move away from us. That is why I couldn’t be more excited about what 2016 has in store. Aside from getting married — which is wonderful, exciting, news for me — I also foresee so much positive growth for Elegant as well as for Ruby, our electronic documentation system. As a result I predict abundance, light and happiness for all of us in 2016!
I took some quality time off this week, which isn’t easy since my mind is always with Elegant. But it was a good time to be away since my gift to inspire myself and others needed some recharging. I now know that my goal of quarterly vacations is a must. I just need to make more time to disconnect. I saw other hard working people while I was away and it definitely fortified me for the work ahead of me. There are many dreams that need to become reality in 2016.
For my time off I went away to a place where people were smiling and grateful. Gratitude was in the air. They were not consumed by what they didn’t have, or by what happened or didn’t happen, in the past. As Carlos, a new friend said, “You can’t go back. You have to keep moving.” It was inspirational and renewing to see such hope in hard working people combined with good nature and good intentions.
In fact it, I must admit it led me to defriend some people on Facebook as I continue on my journey of discovery for our program in 2016. It also led me to terminate a staff member who wasn’t upholding our mission. None of this means that people who don’t work for us, or that I defriend, aren’t on their own special journey. I hope they find the same inspiration that has led me and Elegant to where we are today. I truly wish everyone well. But for me to continue to grow personally and professionally decisions need to be made. I’m all for new decisions and breathing fresh air. But in order to do that sometimes, you have to exhale people, things and anything that isn’t serving you anymore.
One of the themes I see in the universe this week is an energy shift. When we make changes in life, we may not see them right away. Losing weight is one of them. Someone may say, “Wow, you are looking thinner?” Or, “Are you losing weight?” You may not notice it right away, but someone on the outside looking in is able to see it immediately. Of course, we all appreciate nice comments, but when we are truly able to feel and believe in it ourselves, that is truly what we call an “aha moment”. Oprah Winfrey talks about them all the time.
Experiencing the fruits of our personal growth, whether it be weight loss or the realization of our own empowerment, takes time. We hold onto what we know in life. I grew up with a mother who suffers from mental illness. While she brought turmoil into my life she was also my greatest teacher. It was no easy task, but in the end she inspired me to devote my life to helping others overcome obstacles.
Toxicity comes in many forms and from many directions. People for the most part have good intentions, but they may not always realize what is holding them back from the success and the fruits their labor deserves. The reality is that change comes from within. We can spend our lives thinking that other people are holding us back, but when we see ourselves clearly, waves of strength and beauty rise up and come to us. My own “aha” moment was at our last open house. I looked around and realized that nothing can dull our shine. I felt it like a beam of light during the evening. During all the hard work day-in and day-out, well beyond the formal hours of our daily program, we surely shine. We have a team that I am truly grateful for. Our message is out there. We now stand strong to move our mission. Those who are toxic now come, and then go. We are able to filter them out so quickly, we make them sparkle too!
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