I had an interesting conversation a while ago with two amazing women. Diane Stein and Kim Barker. They have their Masters Degrees in Education and have been teaching and influencing children and adults their whole careers. Their resumes could fill this blog.
Diane is a friend of mine from high school. We go WAY back. Kim is a new friendship.
The interesting part about the conversation was that both Diane and Kim have read my book, and they both used it as a reference and teaching tool with their staff and students. When they told me the positive effect it had on them, a lightbulb when off in my head, my heart skipped a beat, and my eyes swelled with tears. I think that’s what I would classify as a moment the Divine enters inside of you and lets you know that you are about to go down a new path. Here, all this time, I thought my calling was to help women who have little to no self-worth instead to discover their true divinity, power and purpose (that’s my mission statement.) It turns out, I think I’m supposed to be guiding a younger audience as well. The under privileged, lower income socio economic group. Go figure.
I decided to have Diane and Kim on my Webinar to talk about their backgrounds and the amazing work they do in service of others, and talk specifically about the ways my book and my processes were helpful for them. I wanted to know the details. I wanted to know exactly what resonated the most. The acts of taking a breath and the work on anxiety resonated with them the most. They’re using some of the practices on their students, and it’s helping.
When we write and speak, we never really know how what we’ve said has impacted someone’s lives exactly. It isn’t until after you “put it out there” and you get feedback that you gain clarity. Feedback is vitally important to me. As an “Intentional Living Expert”, I want every word I say or write to have only the best, most effective, powerful Impact and intent it can have.
Every single word we speak or write matters. When we take our thoughts from our heads and translate them into communication, they live forever. I’m sure you’ve heard this before that every thought that was ever thought still exists, every sound ever made still exists, so every word we utter lives forever. Choose them wisely.
Which takes me back to my point about the younger, under privileged community out there. I’ve got some words for you! You are so special, so talented, so gifted, so extraordinary, and so worth it! You MATTER more than these words can say. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Do not consider yourselves a victim of your upbringing and your circumstances. You are better than that. You’re smarter than you know. You’re much more powerful than you give yourself credit for. Just…Keep…Going!
I guess this message really applies to everyone, including me. We all could use to hear them:
We all matter so much.
The world would not be the same without any of us.
Our circumstances do not define our worthiness.
We are all born into this world the same way and we all leave the same way.
It’s what we choose to do with that time in between that counts.
So, make it count, ok.
Quote: “You can never plan the future by the past.” – Edmund Burke