I’ve just finished teaching our Movers & Shakers workshop in Toronto and wanted to send a brief newsletter that shared a simple, yet powerful message. Last week I had dinner with good friends, some of who are dealing with difficult life situations. During our conversation, one friend going through a tough divorce said, “I have this handwritten note in my wallet that says ‘You’re the best uncle in the world!’ It came from my six-year-old niece who wrote it while visiting last year. There are times when it literally gets me through the day.”
While cleaning out old files last week I came across an article from Money Magazine about the secrets of achieving your money dreams (even on a modest income). The article focused on the strategies of people who had created a net worth of one million dollars or more. The common denominator in each success story was the commitment to pay careful attention to how they spent and invested their money. As a result, every person had acquired a high level of financial self-esteem – the key to creating and sustaining wealth.
Every year around this time, I invite you to stop and reflect on the positive changes you’ve made in your life. Since the quality of your life is directly related to the quality of relationship you have with yourself, it’s important to be your own best champion. When you feel good about who you are, you allow better things – people, experiences, jobs, opportunities, etc. – into your life. Taking the time to inventory your positive changes is an important step in developing this stronger relationship. And it’s a key way to reinforce good habits.
This morning, I sat on a stool in my bathroom for almost thirty minutes watching my cat, Poupon, study the faucet on our tub. Just before I walked into the room, he somehow managed to turn the knob just enough for the handheld shower to slowly drip, drip, drip water into the tub below. By the time I arrived, he was sitting on the windowsill next to the faucet, trying to figure out where the water was coming from.
Last week I received an email from a woman who’s been unemployed for several months and is worried about losing her home. My heart goes out to her and the thousands of people who are in the same situation, struggling to make ends meet. As I considered her challenge, I suggested several things that might help. This week I thought I’d share the ideas in case you, or someone you care about, need help.
Two years ago I developed a morning ritual of writing one page of spontaneous affirmations in my journal as an uplifting way to start my day. I’d make myself a cup of tea, find a sunny spot in my home (whenever I could), and sit down and write what came to mind. I’ve learned over the years that it’s the feeling an affirmation gives you that fuels its expression in your life so, over time, I crafted a list of affirmations that made me feel hopeful, excited, and instantly inspired.
I’m just getting back (late last night) from a trip to Italy with Michael. It was our first real vacation since his illness and we had an amazing time. I need to digest the experience, so, while I do, I thought I’d share a little wisdom from our Facebook community. Before I left, I invited people to offer their favorite little treats – the simple things that make life enjoyable on a daily basis. We had lots of great ideas. Take a look at some of them and add something new to your daily repertoire this week!
I’ve just finished moderating a 6-week web retreat with Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God. I accepted Geneen’s invitation because I loved her book, respect her as a teacher, and wanted to learn more about food as a doorway to a deeper relationship with myself. I’m so glad I did. The course was eye opening, mind shifting, and provocative in all the right ways. Here are just a few of the lessons I learned from the experience. I hope they speak to you.
This week, after taking some time off to spend with a friend visiting from London, I was reminded of something important: I need to stay focused on solutions rather than problems. One morning, after discussing the gulf oil disaster at length, I noticed that I felt exhausted and depressed for the remainder of the day. When I thought about it, I realized that this has been happening more and more as I’ve watched the story unfold.