I’m asking myself, “Am I treading water?”
In measurable terms my diligence has fallen off somewhat, primarily because I needed to listen to my body. Without sufficient and restful sleep my performance indicators dropped. You might say that I am out of balance, so much so, that after I cancelled a bodywork session on Monday, I realized a couple of hours later that I had the means to pay.
“Take a breath, Grant.” When I rang back my time had been taken up by another client.
Being out of whack, stems from not doing the work and not keeping my promises. Today I am on track and back kicking butt. Well, I completed one of two blogs for the week and I’m smil… ing; which reminds me, I sent this photo to a few of my friends last week texting:
“Isn’t this the biggest smile you have seen on me from me. Lol.”
You see, I have no living memory of feeling that I could smile when taking pictures. If I couldn’t avoid being in a photo I just put my lips together. It was physically impossible to smile. This is the only picture in my life where I haven’t cringed or criticized it in anyway.
I am happy with who I see in this picture. It’s like looking at the Guy in the Mirror, that sacred place of giving and receiving love.
The picture of me with a smiling face is a beautiful gift from subby. I am grateful to Mark J, the fabulous Davene, all the MKE Crew and fellow participants doing the work and following their bliss, which has helped me to love this man. I AM whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
Did I have anything to do with it?
Well yes. I created the index card below and kept it on my laptop overnight and alongside my keyboard as I worked.
The thing is even though I promised to “Smile walking through doorways” and I always read “I always keep my promises”, my success rate was pretty low. Every time I was being photographed in my life I always felt self-conscious, bordering on dread. I have always been critical and embarrassed by my photo.
Why should my lifetime habit of hiding my inner turmoil, with a dead pan smile, generate this smile that I am happy to say looks (and was) natural. How did my facial muscles change? What made them unlock?
Are you asking yourself “What happened?”
Even though I didn’t always keep my promises in real time, I always kept my promises.
I accomplished this by retracing my steps in my imagination, physically smiling through every doorway that I had passed through. All the way back to the last doorway I passed through, where I actually did smile. Subby cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
“Thank you Subby. Love ya!”
Last week I chose to place COURAGE to the top of my Franklin Makeover Virtue List. This week everyone is focusing on KINDNESS. My 78 year old next door neighbor, Colin epitomizes kindness. For instance, this morning as I tried to turn off the tap watering my small veggie garden it just kept spinning and spinning with water gushing everywhere.
The tap was stuffed! So, I go over to Colin’s place, who is getting things organised for a day trip, and tell him what just happened. We go back to my place, where I turn off the main water tap and Colin has a quick look at the problem. He says “It needs a couple of washers. I’ll just get a spanner and pop back.” Within a jiffy, he’s back and job done. “Thanks mate. We’ve got water again.”
On Saturday I mentioned to Colin that I was attending my second cousin’s talk on Antarctica. It just so happens that Colin and his partner Avis were on the first jumbo flight to Antarctica from Adelaide. We go upstairs and Colin rummages through a small cardboard box. He brings out two white T-shirts that have not been open from their original packaging. He says, “Take this is.” It is the T-shirt of the Antarctica I’m wearing where I am smiling!
I had never met my second cousin Amelia Tandy, but what blinked again and again in her 2 hour fundraising event was COURAGE.
Amelia was introduced by two of her old University colleagues, one of whom pointed out that she was courageous. Amelia herself said in order to apply to be selected as one of 100 women to participate in the Homeward Bound one year online course for women to become leaders on the world stage, including a month or so in Antarctica, a one week conference in Argentina and following up with a project of their own choosing on Climate Change, that they document. Does any of this sound familiar? (This is a rhetorical question to fellow Master Key Master Mind Alliance members.)
Amelia had an amazing mentor, Joan Russell, as our Guest Speaker. Although unknown to me Joan was well known by the audience and is a local South Australian celebrity.
In her opening remarks Joan acknowledged Amelia and spoke of her COURAGE. Then she went onto speak about leadership from her personal experience in Antarctica. Joan was the leader of two other women and twenty three men.
In sharing three stories Joan not only was called upon to have COURAGE, but need to be vigilant and courageous throughout. She didn’t win a popularity contest, however at the end of the expedition she was informed that everyone of the scientists felt safe, that everything worked like clockwork and they all said that Joan had their back!
Joan was inspirational in a very quiet, authoritative and compassionate way.
What hit home besides COURAGE was seeing a Plan of Action from Amelia’s Definite Major Purpose play out before my eyes. It was an honor and a joy to be part of her dream.
I am going to borrow a saying from Mark J, the inspiration and driving force behind the Master Key master mind Alliance. If you have a dream and you haven’t taken any action, “Giddy Up!”
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