The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to the crowd. - George Bernard Shaw
Where do you keep the can opener?
So aware of it you mindlessly open the cutlery drawer each time you need to use it. A thousand times a day, we mindlessly stretch out and take hold of the ordinary, simple things we take for granted. It’s only if a friend came to visit and offered to help with preparing dinner would the question be asked where do you keep the can opener? And you would walk your mind through where you reached for it last and declare ‘It’s in the top left drawer beside the cooker.' For others this information is vital, for you it’s mundane.
Living magically everyday means that you have to accept that nothing in your life is ordinary, normal or mundane - even down to where you keep the can opener!
We’re so quick to praise others, marvel at their achievements and clever arrangement of their lives and it’s so easy in the blunt light of comparison to feel that in order for life to be outstanding and praiseworthy, it must be perfection itself. How many of us consider ourselves so.
How aware are we of our own 'simple, ordinary' merits of appreciation?
When every now and then we reflect that our efforts and achievements are unappreciated, un-noticed and heaven forbid taken for granted, it’s worth remembering the words of Danielle LaPorte ‘The world reflects back to you how much you value yourself.’
So today’s restful exercise is to celebrate your extraordinary-ness.
The thing that holds us back from expressing our pleasure in our achievements is our fear of what others may think - that we may appear to be blowing our own trumpet. But it is in the celebrating that we express our delight in living itself. And the truth is we don’t need to tell others. Our pleasure in our successes is something we wear around us like an energetic cloak of many colours. It lights up the room and infuses the lives of everyone around us without a word being said. ’There’s a glow about her’ they say having made the discovery all by themselves.
Yours is not an ordinary life so be aware of the treasures to be found in each day. Applaud your successes, love what you discover, savour the pleasures and bless your lessons before each day closes. This is not a gratitude exercise. It is an exercise in celebration of our victories, accomplishments and good news. Your sense of balance, self worth and joy depends on you recognising these because here is where you are closest to your energy, your essence and your purpose.
Joseph Campbell said ‘Follow your bliss’ because that’s where you’ll most likely find purpose. Each night as you finish in the bathroom as you head to bed, smile broadly into the mirror, make jazz hands and say tah-dah!!! Take a bow.
A little journalling exercise…
Write down five achievements you are most proud of.
Write down five things you love about yourself - no one else may know this so go big, go wide and go blousy with this one.
Write down the skills, talents and gifts you’re most proud of.
What do you believe your unique gift to the world is?
(hint: go back to day 8 Your Majesty)
And here’s the best bit!…..
Today in celebration of you and your extra-ordinary life, treat yourself to something you love - flowers, hot chocolate, a slice of cake perhaps - and as you enjoy it remind yourself of how wonderful you are and the gift you are to this world.
Enjoy a super Saturday,
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