What’s your word?

March 23, 2015 at 4:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ― Pema Chödrön

What’s your word? I’ve been talking with lots of people lately about what ripples they want to be creating and experiencing through their daily thoughts, words and actions. Within each of these discussions we have gone off on many tangents, explored a multitude of life’s challenges and complexities, and discovered a lot about our individual and collective passions and dreams. But most of all, these conversations kept bringing us back to our own core word (or words).

“Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.” – Unknown

For me, two words kept coming up above all others. They were ‘Inspire’ and ‘Empower’. As we drilled down deeper into my own and the other peoples words, I realised that they had the potential to and/or were acting as a rudder while navigating our personal and professional interactions and choices. It didn’t mean that I or the people that I was talking to embodied those words 24/7, 365 days a year (we are all too very human for that), but these words were definitely showing up consistently within the daily thoughts, words and actions of each of us as individuals.

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy E. Disney

One example of this came in a conversation with a friend towards the end of last week. She was telling me about her friend from overseas who deeply inspires her, as they had caught up in the last couple of weeks here in Australia. She was recounting the many personal traits that he has developed over his life to create and take advantage of opportunities ‘to be the change he wishes to see in the world’, in particular his passion for challenging himself and sharing what he is passionate about with others. What struck me most during our conversation was her telling me about when she took him completely out of his comfort zone on a recent canyoning trip.

“We cannot expect to grow if we are too afraid or unwilling to change and face challenges. When we exit our everyday, mundane lifestyles to do something different we can experience growth, undiscovered strength, and new abilities within ourselves.” – Ashley Ormon

Standing on the edge of one of the jumps she wondered what would happen next. She knew he wanted to give it a go but doing it can be a completely different thing. Fifteen minutes went past, with many affirming words being passed back and forth, and then he took the leap of faith. The amount of time that it took between reaching the edge and jumping wasn’t important, what was important was that the ripples that were created and experienced were grounded in the core words (or values) that he holds closest, and how those thoughts, words and actions positively impacted all those present in the group on the day (and of course others like myself when I was listening to the story last Thursday).

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John Maxwell

So what’s your word/s? How could digging deeper into yours help you as you navigate your daily thoughts, words and actions? Think of a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone because you knew it was important to remain aligned to what is central for you?

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