Tell us what you are learning this month.
I used the Canva App a bit this week. I'm such a novice and some of my work seemed like I was wasting time!! I didn't find what I was looking for, so took a different route, until I learned more. Isn't that like a 4 yr old? Trying to open a door or cupboard? Keep trying something different?
How do you like to learn? Books? Videos? With a mentor? Following instruction manual? Trying it out first - DIY?
How did you learn something that, later you found you had a gift in? Skiing? Speaking? Singing? Painting? Writing?
So many things seem easier to learn when a friend, or someone just a step or two ahead of us, shows us the way. Is that true for you?
Today I hosted a Zoom meeting. I'm still a novice at running them myself. But I'm determined to keep "practicing" until I can pay someone to help or train me. Videos help in a pinch, to learn.
The amazing thing to me, is neuroscience is telling us learning uses a different part of our brain. We have to be in a happy or positive place to both be courageous and learn!!
All the more reason to be REAL patient with ourselves WHILE we learn!!
Is there something you'd like to learn to be able to do with or for someone? Sing along? Share your knowledge about a subject or country on a trip? Leave a legacy?
Ok, let's put the shoe on the other foot. What are you willing to have someone teach you? Can you learn from a grandkid? Can you ask for help? That takes a lot of courage!
I don't have grandkids so I don't have that option. But I did ask for someone's opinion this week on a couple ideas I had. I was GLAD I did, too!!
With spring in the air, what are you going to be courageous to learn this week? Something new about gardening? Tress & shrubs? Pruning? My aunt got to be an expert on what plants liked to grow next to other plants! My friend John got to explain to people about woody plants when he volunteered for giving tours at the UW arboretum!!
THANK YOU for joining me here today. It's the Lent season now. Have you given up anything for a season. Take on something new? Be blessed!!
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. What this says to me is: if life seems to be closing in around me, I need to try something courageous! What do you say?
I tend to not do my daily walks when its raining. But I'd like the courage to go on hikes soon. So, courage would be to walk in the wind and rain SO THAT I build up the stamina to go on hikes this spring.
Courage to ask for help is a BIG one. I am a retirement coach and I'm really concerned with people suffering with isolation and loneliness because it impacts our frame of mind, which impacts our sense of well being, which impacts our health, which impacts our doctor visits, which impacts the number of meds we take, which impacts our length of life. Be courageous and sign up for a coaching session. You are worth it.
Many times in life, we make things harder than they seem. Getting help from others often turns up an easy solution. Collaboration is kinda magical to me = putting two heads together makes room for something new to emerge.
If you change nothing, nothing will change.
The earth changes in response to the sunshine. Are you willing to try something new, in response to the warmth of our offer? I hope so.
In your mind, what makes you lonely?
Who in your life IS courageous? Could you ask them to help you, or show you how to have more courage. Or, remember days or years in the past when you were courageous. Remember the feeling you had then. Savor it. Remember the result and how glad you were you took the risk. NOW.... let's .... try something new ...courageously.
Would it be courageous to call someone? Would it take courage to pick up the instrument you used to play? Sing a song that makes you happy? To plant a vegetable garden? Or, flower garden?
I know it sure takes courage for me to try a new App. But a lot of them sure make life easier. LIKE THIS ONE!
Have you ever tried TRADING something with another? How about a song for a story? A hat for a scarf? Do you knit? Trade something for somebody's art? Trade your loneliness for someone else's help?
I read a good book a year or 2 ago about resilience. It was by a black lady who lost her high-paying job when she was over 50. She started a small support group with friends and others who were interested in sharing their "Ain't it awful" stories - seeing who could come up with the best one!! HA! It turned into Resilience Circles: Dedicated time to practice pausing and focus on being rather than doing. Time to honor yourself and your own self care. Safe, judgement-free opportunity to share feelings and experiences in a brave and confidential way Who could you trade ain't-it-awful stories with today? Who Won???
Does shyness stop you from having courage? What part does critical voices in our head stop our good intentions?
Loving myself more has been helping me be more brave and courageous. Valuing my perspective, in a way, to speak up.
What part has fear played in stopping our good intentions? When I was a lot younger, it amazed me how often people's response might be, "what will other people think?" Now we find out, most of the "other people" don't think about me!!! They think about themselves. Ha!
Being that I'm more the curious-type, I may use some caution, but more often I get a little excited about the possibilities that MIGHT happen, because I am courageous!
Something like mentioning to a stranger out-ot-the-clear-blue-sky about being a musician or quilter or Dutch, and it turns out they ARE too! Now you can start a conversation. You have something in common.
Faith is another thing that helps us express or do something out-of-the-clear-blue-sky. Like taking a casserole to a family - that it turns out, the cook is sick in bed. Wow, how great that your courage turned into a blessing - without them saying anything.
OK, so last month I challenged you to have courage to send a couple Valentines to friends. Just to walk-my-talk I bought 5 and sent 6! Monday this week, I got a call a couple days ago from someone I sent a card to and hadn't heard from for 3 months! We talked for an hour! I like to say, WE ARE ALL PLANTING SEEDS! Some seeds may come up in a week, some n a month and some in a year or two. Don't give up.
A saying I picked up, from Anne Frank, is "NO ONE becomes poor by giving." Giving love, a dollar, a smile, a card or letter, your seat on the bus, WILL be repaid - along the line.
I think there have been times when we don't feel like "we are enough". Someone has told us that. What a turn-around when we can say to ourselves, I Am Enough. Or, I Have Enough. I am brave enough to share my song. I have enough to share my flowers or garden or book.
Since there is an Ebb and Flow of life, are you able to Give and Receive?
When the flow in and out becomes stagnated, death begins to happen. So, keep up your loving, giving, helping, connecting and sharing. We are ALL better for it.
Courage takes risk. But n my experience is, THAT's where the vitality is too!
What VITAL thing could YOU do this coming week? Try it. You might like it! Make it a great one!
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