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MAA Log 9: The Unforgetting Soul

The Soul never forgets

I am thankful that as we grow and mature; as provision and responsibility call us into our adulthood, as our worried aging minds forget who we aspired to be, who were are at our core, and who we can at any age strive to become, our soul never does. I am thankful for the second, third, hundredth change our soul gives us to settle and be ourselves. I am thankful that my four people, my tribe here at home allows me the flexibility and encourages me to rediscovery.

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MAA Log Day 8: We are free to move about

We are free to move about

I have been, and hopefully forever will be in a state of rediscovery. Rediscovering myself, my family, my values, my beliefs, my goals, my life. Moving freely between the labels I place on myself and the labels others have placed upon me. Which ones do I accept, which ones do I grow out of and which ones do I grow into?

But careful, that I do not attach these labels as a definition of who I am. For the existence of these labels, merely pull others into a shared experience, a starting point, an introduction. Not a definition. I am free to move my many labels and rediscover lost as well as new ones.

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MAA Log Day 7: Next Best Offer

You are only as good as your next best offer

When it comes to promotions, raises, and money, two of my mentors used to tell me: “you are only as good as your next best offer.”

The coaching goal was to get me to understand that no matter how truly valuable I am when it comes time to assign a dollar amount to that value, in general, and in business, it’s customary that we would receive only as great as our next best offers. Taken under the wrong light, this comment could, in fact, appear like a slap across the cheek. Further still, while exceptions to this statement are certainly not uncommon, make no mistake: we will receive in life, not only what we ask for, but said request grounded against a baseline of our next best offer.

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MAA Log Day 6: Not Alone

I am not alone

A collection of strokes 

Just as every piece of artwork is not one specific pen or brush stroke across a blank page, yet is a collection of all pen strokes that had come before and resulted in the final piece of artwork; similarly, we are not defined by this one moment or a specific period. If taken out, any single brush stroke across the canvas is not enough to identify a standard of said artwork, nor identify subject matter – there is no context for one stroke alone. So too the artwork that is our life.

We are not the bad day in the office, nor the failed attempt to be patient with our sons and daughters. And we are not the projects left undone on our desks and kitchen tables

We are a collection of brush strokes that has taken years to form. There is no context with one stroke. And these brush strokes have been performed by those that have come before us and will come after us.

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MAA Log Day 5: Every Day Begins Anew

a·new

əˈn(y)o͞o/
adverb
literary
adverb: anew
  1. in a new or different, typically more positive, way.

2 significant things have happened in our little family life the past couple of months:

  1. My daughter was invited to play on a summer Super Y soccer team (equivalent to baseball AllStars)
  2. My company is going through another acquisition.

Through these 2 events there is one resounding take away from me:

You can’t live off the success of the past, every day begins anew

With the Soccer invitation came a new level of skill development for my daughter. She felt out of her league because she was. Everything that she had done up to that point had gotten her to where she was, but now, she’s learning even more.

With the acquisition (both last time and again this season…) I was out of my league, again. Everything that I had done to that point had prepared me for the next step. However, I still had to make that next step. And the next. Then the next. I have to keep going.

While it’s easy to look back and see how far we’ve come, and while we should revel and be proud of those moments, we can not linger there too long.  Plateaus come out of complacency. Where there is potential to keep going, one should.

I can not live off the successes of my past. If I do, then that step, and consequently growth is never taken.

MAA Log Day 5: Every Day Begins Anew

I am mindful of all the successes that make up our past and find both pride and joy in them.

I accept that to continue to grow and move forward, I can not live on the success of my past, but make new ones each day. This is in my power and control to work this practice into my daily interactions and challenges.

I appreciate that every day begins anew. Every day I have an opportunity to start again. From where ever it is that I end one day, tomorrow begins again, and my slate is wiped clean.

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MAA Log Day 4: My Body is My Temple

I follow the blogs of many successful professionals and find one common thread running through them all:

Mental strength and agility is built, nurtured, and maintained by strengthening your body and spirit.

Connectedness between Mind, Body, and Spirit

There is an inner connectedness with our mind, body, and spirit. Strength or weakness in any one of these impresses upon the others. As we build up our organization, we learn that we can push through much more than we initially once thought. We find the strength to work hard and to persevere, to keep going the extra mile, to push through and forward.  Likewise, when we strengthen our minds, we are capable of gaining the foresight and energy to continue building our bodies in continuation of supporting our minds.  Further, when we are aware of our spirituality, our connectedness, our place among this vast universe and the energies and powers that are all around us, we understand that we are not here merely for ourselves. It is the interconnectedness through our bodies and among others that bring meaning to why we are here and what our journey can be.

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MAA Log Day 3: Where I Call Home

Everything is relative. Everything.

Far too many times my family has looked at our house or standard of living and thought, “Hmm… is that it?”  It is like a page right out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except Goldilocks, never finds the bed that is ‘just right.’

Keeping Up With The Jones

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MAA Log Day 2: Proud To Be A Woman In America

I tell my kids, nephews and nieces, anyone under the age of 20 really, to follow high school with college. Maybe it is college, perhaps it is the trade school, and maybe it is an internship. My point to them is to follow up with higher training when you have the time because as I know from first-hand knowledge finishing school while working and holding down a house and kids ain’t a walk in the park.

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MAA Log Day 1: All Paths Lead Home

There was a time where only half of my family was getting together – 2 times a year at best.  A troubled childhood leads to varying paths for each of us. Many demons to shake and true selves to find.

All paths lead home

Slowly we have come closer. We have opened up and accepted the different ways we each took- the various people we each became. On Day 2 of my Mindfulness, Acceptance and Appreciation Log, I am thankful for my family and all the adventures we’ve shared.

Our 10-year-old niece has been visiting from Oregon. It’s the first time we’ve seen her since she was three months old. In fact, her presence here has pulled the family in for more adventures over the past two weeks than imagined.

While nothing is ever perfect or balanced, life has a way of pulling things together. Perhaps we avoided each other because it was painful or confusing to remember.  As the days lead us to our final sunset, we have each been able to accept the pain, the memories that are etched in the faces of our family members and begin to love each other through them.

MAA Log Day 1: All Paths Lead Home

I am mindful that everything has its time and place.
I accept the past and everyone in it – including the actions of and experiences with others and myself.
appreciate the adventures we are having and look forward to many more.

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Mindfulness, Acceptance, Appreciation (MAA) Log Day 0:

Mindfulness is the aware, balance acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that.
– Sylvia Boorstein

In my attempt prepare my mind and performance at work for yet another acquisition and transition I am overloaded with anxiety, pressure, and nausea – to the point of sickness.  The last transition was anything but easy with a steep learning curve. The mountain ahead, even more so. Yet, I have very little time to hold onto the blood-curdling fear that was coming over me because we are hosting our niece all the way from Oregon.