I saw this image online and it reminded me of my son's pencils when he was in elementary school. He'd use them til they wore out. And then, he'd never throw them out because they had become his friends. He even gave them names.
Merriam-Webster defines persistence as "firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition."
Taking a look at goals; some of them are short term, like the one that states I will complete this project or make x amount of money. Sometimes they can take as short as a week or a year to manifest. Then, there are other longer term pursuits that could possibly take decades to materialize. And when you begin to see the signs they are becoming a reality, you may even forget that's what you planned in the first place.
Personally, I'm in the midst of seeing one of my longer term desires manifest. It took persistence to get here. Now that I'm here, honestly, it's a little scary because it's time to take a leap, whether physically or one of faith.
With long term goals, you need persistence to create them. You work on them, imagine them, and eventually opportunities appear that will create them. But with these opportunities, most times you have to let go of what you have in order to accept what you desired.
It's kind of like my son not wanting to throw away those tiny pencils. The familiar becomes a part of us and can cement us to them. It's up to us to clear the fog of an attachment and go with the flow.
Aloha! I am writing from Honolulu, where my husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We're here for the first time without the children.
Before coming, I set my goal: I would hike Diamond Head, the inactive volcano. My husband and two sons made the climb during a previous visit. At that time I passed on the outing, knowing I might pass out if I had joined them.
But this time I had Faith (the most powerful "f" word in your vocabulary) I would make it. It helped that my husband supported me. We jokingly called him my sherpa, as I was guided to take it slow and drink plenty of water along the way.
The event reminded me of this month's message about Faith. God wants us to have faith in Him because it helps us enjoy our lives more fully. Just like I had faith my husband would help me get to the top of Diamond Head, where I enjoyed the view and the Ocean breeze, in a deeper way God is our guide and constant companion helping us get the most out of our life journeys. So, a reminder this month to have faith and know all will turn out well.
Here's a picture of my "sherpa" husband at the bottom of "base camp" at Diamond Head. It's not Kilimanjaro, as he joked, but it is a reminder to me to have faith in God and in our guides.
This month's "Here is Heaven Newsletter" on Faith can be found at www.heavencantwait.org
Have a great November!
You're going to judge this book by its cover. So it's important I get it right. Or maybe not. The problem with getting it right is, you can't get it right for everybody.
Take the proposed cover for my book, Today's Top Story is a Four-Letter word. There's a lot about this cover that I chose. But when I look at it, it's not quite like I imagined it. I don't like the big white screen and heart in the middle. Or do I? I asked several friends about what they thought. While they liked parts of the cover, they didn't prefer the white space.
But then there was the owner of the hair salon I use. Goran loved it. It reminded him of his wedding invitation.
Your cover is not going to please everybody. Some people will like it. Some won't. Many will be indifferent. When you are self-publishing, is it important that you like your cover, all of it?
My friend Brian Thomsen, who published at least a dozen great books, never worried about what the cover looked like. He left that up to the designers. And he seemed to be pleasantly surprised when his words were packaged.
There's a lot about this cover that I didn't chose. It's not like I imagined it. I wonder if, like Brian, I can just be okay with that and move onto writing the next book.
You are the magician. Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you have the power. Those ruby red slippers are your passion and determination as well as your peace. Use them.
Whether you are writing a book, learning a new computer skill, or cooking a meal for your family. You have the power to make it happen. Joyfully!
So, use your ruby red slippers. Snap your fingers or click your heels. It's all within you; passion, determination and peace.
This week we've been getting some interest in "The Dance DVD." I want to share some of the backstory of how we created the title for these energetic movements.
In 2009, I travelled to Colorado to meet and videotape Sydney Lok and her higher self modalities, as she called them. I was not comfortable with the name of her movements. So, as Executive Producer, I worked with her to use a more general, and what I thought more heart-felt name.
Before heading to Colorado, I was personally renewing an old passion, jazz dancing, with some hesitation. I was soon to turn 50 years old and felt very silly going to jazz class, something I used to do in my twenties. Part of me felt too old to be doing "childish" things. One Saturday I was internally fighting with myself about going to class, then quietly I heard in my mind: "Dance For God."
Those three words lightened my mood. If I couldn't go to dance class for myself, surely I could do it for God. Those three words made it easier for me to let lose and celebrate, even at my age.
"Dance for God" was my idea for Sydney's DVD. We settled on "The Dance," agreeing that the Universe's participation goes without saying. It's understood that when you dance, you are not alone.
So, what is "The Dance DVD?" Here's how I described it in an earlier blog:
Sydney's dance is a moving meditation with five exercises that can be done seated or standing. The figure 8 movements were inspired, in part, by the Spanish Peaks of the Wahatoya Mountains in Southern Colorado where she lives. The movements trace the sacred mountains. And they trace the infinity symbol.
Sydney says "The Dance DVD" was created to help you open up to Higher Self communication, or communion with God, the Universe, Source, Chi, Prana, or whatever you lovingly call our guiding Spirit.
In this DVD, Sydney guides you through the moves with soothing music. All in all, "The Dance" will take you a little less than half an hour. And to help you understand "The Dance," you'll find an insert that explains the significance of each move.
We created this DVD in 2009. Now, in 2014, I think the world is ready for it. There's more information on The Dance DVD here. If you'd like the DVD but you are cash challenged, shoot me an e-mail, and I can tell you how to get it for free.
In closing, try not to get stuck on what you think is appropriate or not appropriate for your age. Move your body and Dance. If not for yourself, do it for God.
My book, "Today's Top Story is a Four-Letter Word" was done four years ago. So, why am I still having a hard time telling the printer to book it? How many edits does it take before an author feels comfortable publishing? Why is it difficult to set sail and shout "Full Speed Ahead!" I'll tell you why. It's because creation never stops.
I have learned a few things with this project.
1. There is always a better way to say something.
2. There is always a more creative way to present an idea.
3. There is always a block to overcome whether it's energetic, psychological, or financial. But on the flip side, I have also come to accept that
4. There is always a perfect time for your book to be released.
5. There is great reward in saying, "I'm Done." Let's move onto the next big thing.
So, just one more review from one more professional editor and then "I'm Done." Really, I am.
More about "Today's Top Story is a Four-Letter Word"
Creating a book is a somewhat lengthy and love-filled project. That's two reasons why I love this business. It takes awhile to get your book done the way you want it, but with careful nurturing, you'll have an item you can treasure, well, for the rest of your life and some. It will undoubtedly be passed on to the next generation.
Right now, we're working on the cover to "The Joy Journal." Take a look. This is our third color change. And I think it's still a little too pink, what do you think?
For comparison, here's how it started, a little more purple-y.
They may seem like minor changes, but covers are key. A cover is the face of the material you are presenting. While it's popular to say, "don't judge a book by it's cover," a cover does give detailed hints about what's inside your book. It's something that takes a lot of t-l-c (tender loving care). It takes time and a lot of thought to pick the right cover. Do you have any thoughts on this one?
I took a trip to the Super H Market at the suggestion of our intern. The Korean Grocery store turned out to be a sweet adventure -- eye candy at the very least. Here are a few of the fruits I scored. The round greenish fruit in the foreground is called lychee.
The Lychee were the first to catch my attention as we entered this massive market. It was my first ever introduction to the small fruit. And at our meeting, I happened to be very thirsty. The kind fruit stacker encouraged me to open one up. I did. I downed the white juicy pina-colada color-looking fruit. Odd to taste at first, then I quickly went back for another. As you can see, I even brought some home.
I did some research. Lychee was first grown in China and now grown around the world, still mostly in China and also India. I know a lot more about the small fruit than I did before entering the store yesterday. And that reminds me of one of the themes of last week's quotes: learning. With our new intern starting last week, we put a little focus on that. And now, I get a another reminder: just because I'm away from the office this weekend, doesn't mean I stop learning.
Lychee. I like-y. :)
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -- JFK
I anticipated the arrival of Joy Media's first intern, a senior at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Yeah, pretty fancy. But still, a kid, I thought. After all, she's my son's age! So, I prepared the information I would share with her about my home business, detailing the projects I wanted to tackle.
The doorbell rang before 9 a.m. Prompt. Great, I thought, we're starting off on the right foot.
From "hello, how are you" to an hour before it was time for Jeanne to leave, I realized I never got to my list! This capable professional woman hit the ground running. When she left, my two websites were connected with links about me and about my company, a new page was created for testimonials, and I learned about a Korean grocery that I will visit in the near future.
So, what's my takeaway? For one, leadership seems to be more about listening and sharing than about controlling the agenda. And for two, I know how to spot talent. :)
Talent. What is it? For this blog's purposes, I am going with the online dictionary's version: "A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment."
Last night I was shooting the breeze with my older son, home from college for a few weeks. I was telling him about a dream I had a few days ago. As if to make a point, in the middle of the dream, my hand reached out to touch a gold earring I had on the nightstand. It fell to the floor. I stumbled around in the dark to find it. When I did, I stared at it for awhile. It's shaped like a celtic knot and I think really quite beautiful. My very involved dream had to do with raw talent. And as I looked at the earrings, I immediately thought of two pieces of gold my son collected when he was younger. I found them and took this photo to show you. It's small, but I think you'll get the picture if you'll read on.
My dream was about raw talent. And so was my discussion with JT. The Blackhawks game had just ended and we were talking sports. JT said the sports figures he read about say that their success had everything to do with the work they put into it. I told JT what he was saying reminded me of what I thought about my earring after my own dream. The earring is so beautifully shaped and shiny compared to the gold bullion cube. Like the gold, our talents are God-given (if you believe) and a natural extension of ourselves (if that is your perspective.) It's what we develop that becomes our gift back to God, or to ourselves.
Talent. It makes me think about the "Find Your Joy" e-course that begins July 1st. During this 21 days of spirit-guided journaling, you will have conversations with your higher self about a number of things. One of them is your talents. Do you know what they are? Do you know which talents you have that are latent? Will you take the time to learn what they are?
I invite you to take the "Find Your Joy" e-course. It will help you discover a little more about yourself, your Soul, and your relationship to Spirit.
Here's more information on the course. If it speaks to you, don't wait. Register today! We begin in about a week! Take the time to find out more about who you are and what you can accomplish. Give this gift to yourself, if not for your own curiosity, give it so that the world will experience your unique contribution.