One of the things that I was thinking about today is the statement “I stand for a world that is…” that some of us include at the top of our PSPs. I usually don’t.
The reason I usually don’t include it is that I haven’t really connected with mine. My version is something along the lines of “I stand for a world where individuals get to figure out what their talents are and get to contribute those talents to the world, creating passionate families, relationships and communities.”
My story has been I am still figuring out my talents, and the ones that I have kind of known about for some time – public speaking, connecting with others, communicating clearly – have gone underdeveloped and underutilized.
But after 49 days of experience of connecting with strangers and discussing our dreams and challenges, it hit me today… I am kind of doing it. I am kind of showing up and making a small contribution to the world that I stand for. And it feels good…ok, fantastic.
I wake up in the morning and it feels different. I have more joy, gratitude and purpose, and the rest tends to flow.
In past cycles, a goal was not to press the snooze bar in the morning. This cycle I don’t even think about the snooze bar. In past cycles I have had health goals. This cycle, I don’t need a push to do yoga or go for a run. In past cycles I have worked on my familial relationships. In this cycle I have made the 3 hour round trip to West Orange 3 times to spend time with my family. Integrity had felt like a burden. Now it feels a whole lot lighter. (this is the first cycle where I have met my commitments regarding buddies, small group and blogging).
That is not to say that things have been easy. It’s been hard. But I have more openly welcomed the challenges as growth opportunities….AFGO. And I have really appreciated all of the chances I have had to experience patience, trust and surrender.
So cycle 10, I am very grateful for all of your support and inspiration. Thanks to you, I feel like I am starting to stand for a world.
And in that spirit I offer you the following connection formula:
“Excuse me, can I share an idea with you? I am doing a 60 day growth challenge. The growth challenge is that I make it my business to do at least one thing each day that contributes to my overall health and happiness. I keep a log each day of the thing that I did. As part of the challenge, each day I share it with a person that I don’t know. The reason I do that is to hold myself accountable, maintain my enthusiasm and to connect with someone new. Today that person is you. I ask you one question. If there is one thing that you could do today that would make your life a little bit better (it can be anything – spiritual, physical, emotional etc,) what do you think it would be?”
I would be honored if you join me 🙂
-I am blogging today because tomorrow I have a date 😉