Our Facebook page and Twitter followers are getting quite the vocabulary lesson every week when we introduce our newest WOW (Word of the Week) Wednesday word. Its always great fun to give our Area Voices readers a summary of the previous months words…
EMERGENCY BRAKE: Yes, you might want to check yours. We dont mean the type you find in a car, but the one that inside of you. You see, most of us are unconsciously our biggest obstacle. By succumbing to limiting beliefs, staying in our comfort zone, and holding negative thoughts in our minds, we are traveling through life with our emergency brake on. The good news is that while were our biggest obstacle were also our biggest solution. We hold the power to disengage the brakes in our own lives. No more being held back or slowed down; by busting out of your comfort zone, challenging your assumptions, and changing your self-image youll enjoy a much smoother ride.
AFFAIR: Think back to the feelings experienced at the start of a new relationship. Everything is lovely, happy, magical; new love is sheer bliss! Today we are talking about a love affair of a different sort…a love affair with your life!
- STEP 1: A new experience is usually required to draw up the emotions were speaking of here. So what new thing could you could try? What passion could you pursue? We suggest something a little daring, wonderfully adventurous, that conjures up tingling butterflies inside. Its o.k. to start small; perhaps you just want to look at an aspect of your life through new eyes. Even that can bring you closer to the excitement.
- STEP 2: These days its difficult to focus on just one thing. Multi-tasking is an epidemic and not only do we physically juggle multiple tasks, we are constantly thinking about so much more than the current moment. But think back to a first date. The world around you stops and all you can do is stare into your companions eyes and think about how amazingly wonderful they are. So when you are doing the activity in Step 1, focus on just being present.
- STEP 3: Follow-up. After an amazing date do you just walk away never to see each other again? No way! The same goes for your love affair with life. Fuel the fire by revisiting the passion often.
REBEL: A rebel is a rule-breaker (or independent thinker, if you prefer). We know some rules are important for our safety, and others are important for civil order; but so often we accept rules without a second thought when we could benefit from taking a closer look at our beliefs about rules and rule-breaking.
Conflict isnt very becoming of a lady. Women belong at home. Women and children should be seen and not heard. Sounds preposterous in this day and age and yet at one time these rules were believed and enforced. Makes us wonder
What rules keep you from speaking your truth today? What would breaking those rules look like?
Remember, just because its a rule doesnt make it right. Maybe its time for you to think about breaking some rules? If you believe you need permission to break the rules, please do, anytime your highest values are supported by doing so! Well back you all the way!
HERO: Who comes to mind when you think of a hero? Maybe a firefighters heroism when saving a life from a burning building or a soldier protecting our country during war? There is no doubt that we all see these acts as brave and courageous.
But how about the executive who presents her proposal to the board of trustees? Or the wife who is caring for her ill husband? Or even the laid-off factory worker who is out there looking for a job? These too, are everyday acts that exhibit strength, nerve and guts. Too often we devalue the brave acts we demonstrate as insignificant. We think just because it is something we have to do, it cant possibly be courageous.
Dont under value the courage and heroism that you display. Acknowledge these everyday acts of bravery and celebrate them. Remember, you may not be putting your physical life on the line, but something just as important; your heart, soul, and spirit, and that makes you a hero!
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