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It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever —
the one who recognizes the challenge
and does something about it.”
~ Vincent Lombardi

How would you act today, what would you do today, what steps would you take today if you knew you could live your dream life?

I want you to stop and think about that for a minute.

Actually visualize yourself doing what you love and succeeding.
Taking the step. Breaking through barriers.
Pushing back. Living the life.

What would your life be like? Feel like?  What could you accomplish?
How could you change the world?

So, my question to you is “Why not?”  Why aren’t you living the dream?

Could it be because you’re afraid of taking that first step?

Watch out!  You know that first step can be a doozy!

In the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with so many people who are stuck. They have dreams and goals and desires for a better life. But they’re in the same boat they were the last time we met.

Same life. Same sad story. Same trip around the hamster wheel.
Lots of talking and activity, absolutely no progress.
Too fearful to break free by taking a step toward something better.

Why not let today be the day you throw away the excuses, you break through the chains, jump off the wheel, and take the first step toward your amazing future!

Dream the dream. Take the step. Live the life.

Whatever you are, take Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!”

Deanna

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“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.”
~Mark Twain

I awoke this morning to the songs of Cardinals outside my window.  One was quite close, the notes clear and strong.  The other was somewhere in the distance, offering the faint melody of response.

Such an amazing way to start the day . . . the week.

It’s spring. The flowers are peeking up from their beds; the birds are singing, and each day seems to be bursting at the seams with an unreasonable amount of possibility.

Is there anything better? I’m sure there could be, but it would take a double-dose of most anything else to even come close.

It’s today, the beginning of a new week, your new life. I like what Og Mandino has to say on the subject:

Live this day as if it will be your last.

Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools.
Forget yesterday’s defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow.

This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year.
The saddest words you can ever utter are, ”If I had my life to live over again.”

‘Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!

Step up to the starting line. Get ready.  Today is your opportunity create your future afresh.

Whatever you are, be a good one today — before it’s gone forever!

Deanna

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This is not a dress rehearsal.

This is it!

~ Tom Cunningham

Standing right in front of you is your big chance. The moment you have been waiting for.

You are on the cusp of an enormous opportunity. What are you going to do with it?

Regret past mistakes and failures? Focus on what has already taken place?  Keep looking over your shoulder?

It’s too late for all of that!

Worry about the future? Agonize over events that may or may not occur? Waste today, hoping for a better tomorrow?

To paraphrase Alan Watts: “This — the immediate, everyday, and present experience — is IT: the entire and ultimate point for our existence.”

Listen, you are not getting a second go around. Today is your time. This is your shot. Live in the moment. Enjoy your right now.

Tomorrow’s life is too late.

Live today.

~ Martial

Whatever you are, savor the miracle of the moment!

Deanna

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Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision.

But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day, for it is life, the very life of life” [The Sanskrit].

Three weeks and counting.

To most adults, the days are rushing by much too quickly as they watch lists grow and checking accounts dwindle.

For children, time is standing still. Just clogging up the calendar as they wait for Santa to arrive.

Why do we treat today as just a bookmark between our past and present?  Not so much part of our story as a space holder.  Trading the right now for . . . what, exactly?

I feel compelled to interrupt your life, stop the insanity, give you a reason to reflect and refocus on what is important today.

Not what might be.

Nor what could have been.

But what is today.

“Let us live today.”
J.C.F. von Schiller

Enjoy this moment. Celebrate this experience. Recall the people you love and the blessings in your life.

This — the immediate, everyday, and present experience — is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe” [Alan Watts].

Whatever you are, be a good one!

Deanna

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The future has a way of arriving unannounced” [George Will].

It’s difficult to believe. Even harder to imagine. But it’s true.

You future is here!

You know that far-off-in-the-distant, one day I’ll get there, that’s why I’m working so hard today future?  Yes, that ONE!  Well, it’s here.

And it might not even seem like it. Could be impossible to recognize, what with all the exceedingly normal activity you have planned for today. But be assured, today is your future.

What do you mean it doesn’t look like what you had imagined? Were you anticipating marching bands, balloons, a parade in your honor?

What? You weren’t ready for the future’s arrival? What were you expecting today to be? Just more of yesterday?

Simone Weil said, “the future is made of the same stuff as the present.”

That may be why it doesn’t look particularly different. And it may also explain why we don’t recognize it. And why we fail to plan for it.

I wonder what would happen if we managed to stop thinking of the future as some fuzzy time far off in the distance happening that will burst on the scene when we least expect it, and begin thinking of the future as tomorrow.

You can sit by and mindlessly go through the motions, waiting for your “some day” to arrive.

You can hold your future hostage through the actions of your past.

You can paralyze the future through unforgiveness, bitterness, and shame.

You can ignore the future — play the part of the grasshopper instead of the ant.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how you treat the future, it’s coming again tomorrow.  The future is not a surprise party given in your honor. It is a creation of your efforts. Each of us is responsible for our own future.

So, the question you must ask yourself is this one:

How are you going to live today,
to create the tomorrow you’re committed to?
~Tony Robbins

See how easy that is?  Change today, impact tomorrow, and create the future you’ve imagined.

Whatever you are, be a good one!

Deanna

PS: “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal” [Wayne Dyer].

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Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.

A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.

You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine.

No more busy work. No more hiding from success.

Leave time, leave space, to grow.

Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

~ Og Mandino

Yesterday, October 15, I “celebrated” my one year anniversary of being downsized, right-sized, restructured out of a job.

I now have 12 month’s experience of “doing things my way.”  For the most part, a good thing (as I sit in my pajamas, writing this blog and contemplating the twists and turns my life has taken), but depending on how much money you need to have in your bank account to sleep comfortably at night, maybe not such a good thing.

Looking back on my structured, corporate-approved life, I realize how many challenges I missed, the large number of opportunities I never recognized, and the long hours that were invested into a career that ultimately turned into several weeks of severance pay.

Meeting deadlines, filing reports, sitting in meetings, participating on teleconferences, always thinking that I would have the opportunity to catch up on my life tomorrow, or the day after that, or on the weekend. But not today. Today I was very busy.

I celebrate this milestone because I feel that I have done more than merely survive the past year.  I lived my life. Although there were times of waiting and indecision and cutting back, I have made progress in ways that would have been impossible (or impractical) if I still had a real, adult, “look at me I work for a great company” job.

I stretched my limits, ran past my boundaries, explored new skills and talents, reconnected with friends, enjoyed meeting so many new acquaintances, broke through the fear, and increased my confidence.

Maybe “they” no longer want me to do that, but I discovered that I am AWESOME at (and really enjoy) this!

I have learned that “uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. You shouldn’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity” [R. I. Fitzhenry].  And trust me on this, I know of what I speak.  I’ve had more than my fair share of uncertainty and mystery in the past 12 months or so.

Several other important lessons I’ve learned:  take a deep breath (it calms the nerves), keep a good attitude, maintain the proper perspective, you’re stronger than you realize, accept the challenge when it comes along, make time for yourself, ask for assistance, look for ways to help others, and live your life today!

Not tomorrow, not next week, not when you have a job offer, not when the contract is signed, not when the kids are back in school, not after vacation or the holidays or at the new year — TODAY!

Remember today,
for it is the beginning of always.

Today marks the start of a brave new future
filled with all your dreams can hold.
~Unknown

What a difference a day makes. This day. Today. It is the beginning of your always.

“Kiss your life. Accept it just as it is. Today. Now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by” [unknown].

Whatever you are, be a good one!

Deanna

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“Slow down and enjoy life. Its not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why” [Eddie Cantor].

“Where are you going in such a hurry?” If I’ve heard that question asked once, I’ve heard it asked a hundred times. It’s usually asked by an older person and directed to a younger person who is racing around, busy, Busy, BUSY.

Imagine a Toddler running around the Dining Room table, not really watching where she is going, and not really getting anywhere. But she’s moving fast.

Or the young adult who blows into the house like a tornado, picking up food, clothing, heading to his room. Only to exit minutes later with the money, tickets, or change of outfit needed to get on with the next exciting chapter.

Or you. Take you for example. Racing around, getting up early, working through lunch, frantically rushing to the next appointment, moving fast and faster toward the next big thing, but are you really getting anywhere? Or maybe the more applicable question is, “Are you enjoying the trip?”

Have you stopped lately to make sure you’re on the right road (or any road for that matter) or have you been deceived into believing that activity translates into accomplishment? Have you bought into the assumption that because you are so busy, that your life is meaningful and rewarding and important?

Sometimes it feels like we’re living life in the Express Lane — 15 items or less only! In an effort to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible, we grab a minimum number of items off the shelves to get us through, so we can utilize the Express Lane. Or, better yet, we skip the grocery altogether and stop at the convenience store on the corner.

Think about the times we forego a more satisfying experience, broader selection, better quality, or lower price, simply because we need to be some where else . . . in a hurry. In the blink of an eye, we have willingly exchanged the meaningful for the expedient — because we are SO BUSY.

“Where you are going is more important than how fast you are going”
[unknown].

What’s with all the rushing around again today? Why accept the inferior product, or experience, or anything, simply so that you can mark it off your list today and get on with your real life? Isn’t today a part of your “real life”? And if so, why are rushing through it, willing to minimize its importance? What is so appealing over there that you can’t justify taking the time to fully experience the right now?

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable” [Storm Jameson].

Whatever you are, be a good one!

Deanna

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