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A powerful post, Alice. The concept of soul agreements is an interesting one. Many times, we may not realize one is made because it is coming from another person. It may not be recognized by the other or specifically discussed between the two people. An implied soul agreement may be a missed one.
When it comes to family or even old friends, we miss some of those opportunities for second chances because we focus too much on the past and may not recognize changes made -- from both sides. Meditating on these opportunities for second chances may be the best way to sort through them and plot a course forward. Jon
3 days, 15 hours ago on Second Chances
Opening ourselves up means also serving others. Just as we need to be open to others, we need to open up by helping others. Recognizing our inner resources is such an important step to take, Alice. We need to recognize that talent and desire from within and then use it, sharing it with others. By doing this, we will lead with an open heart! Thanks. Jon
1 week, 3 days ago on Open Heart
Alice, You outlined some great practices for us to embrace. Earlier this year, I heard Chade-Meng Tan, author of Search Inside Yourself, speak, and he highlighted a practice of kindness. Smiling at others and looking at the crowd around you with kindness changes you and those around you. It is about being a light in our world! Thanks! Jon
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Be A Light
Alice, Congratulations on your next step forward! Although we don't know how our lives will unfold, continuing to develop our skills will take us places where it does all come together. It is not "giving up" as such but continuing to develop and work in new and bigger communities. Looking forward to reading about your paths forward and all the positive impact you will have wherever your path continues to unfold. Jon
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Giving It Up
Another wonderful post, Alice! If we follow the steps outlined in your post, we begin to see patterns. The patterns maybe what we need to release, lean into, or grab ahold of and boldly move forward. It is recognition, acceptance, and appropriate action that will lead to greater success (however we may define that!). Thanks! Jon
1 month ago on Acceptance Leads To Success
Great topic, Alice, and great reminders on how to keep our mind focused on the right things. Another reminder is embedded in what you wrote about. In your tennis experience, you learned something about the experience. We always need to look for the lessons learned as well as exploring topics that keep our minds fresh and growing in perspective. Healthy mindsets are growing ones. Thanks for writing about this important topic! Thanks. Jon
1 month, 1 week ago on Power of the Mind
A great questions to ask, Lori. Focusing on your corner of the world makes one area to be a little better. Who knows what transpires from there. Someone inspired from your corner takes it to another. Purpose spreads its wings. Starting in our corner of the world can have a huge impact, so I will continue to focus on my corner in hopes of something catching on and being carried forward. Jon
1 month, 1 week ago on Are You Changing the World?
@profkrg @ThinDifference In thinking about it, I don't think I have before. I was looking for a good book to read outside of the business and biographies I have been reading, so I will with this one. Always appreciate a well-written book.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Book Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin
It was a great movie; it stuck with you for awhile. Now, I will need to read the book! Thanks for the review.
How we start our day is so important, and you highlight this fact as well as provide some ideas on how to begin each day in a centered way. This post really resonates with me, Alice, as I am working to change how I start my days. This past weekend, I took a beginners meditation class and I am ready to begin each day with this practice. It is also taking those "re-centering" breaks during the day, too. This is a wonderful post and a great frame on how to start our days in a meaningful way. Thank you! Jon
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pilot Your Day
These are a few excellent quick test points on whether or not a company's culture is on the right track or not. Basing it on customer touchpoints will highlight other internal successes or areas for improvement. Like the approach here. Thanks! Jon
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Company organizational culture: Common Mistakes
Great points, Patrick. I try to get feedback from friends of mine, and it helps tremendously. It helps me with site design as well as feedback on content. An important thing to do! Thanks! Jon
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Do Your Friends Think of Your Blog?
A remember the fresh smell after rains on the farm and fresh cut hay. I love getting new books and paging through to build anticipation. I love conversations that make me think. These are a few of my favorite things.... Thanks!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Are Your Favourite Things?
Thanks for sharing your experiences, Alice, and how your mindset is intertwined with them. It is an interesting question in whether or not experience influence mindsets or the other way around. It seems our mindset is first. We few upcoming interactions in a certain way, and we can change that mindset, as you point out. However, when we enter the experience, our approach may change but, if the experience isn't different, our mindset may go back to the old way, old attitude. Mindsets are a powerful thing and they can change experiences. At times, though, experiences can overpower our mindsets and then we need to adjust - one way or another. Great food for thought here. Thanks! Jon
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
This is a great way to think about change, through personal stories. In a similar way, the place I grew up is now mostly gone. It is odd to go back to our family farm now, as there is only one building left. Most of what was is now gone, other than the vast prairies and memories. Change does always continue yet, at some point, some our advancements disappear. Our hope is that what has happened next is better, and it is our responsibility to try to foster the right type of change. Our stories center us around these elements. Thank you, Alice!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Disorientation of Change
It is a choice, and it should be a verb. Bob Goff wrote a great book entitled Love Does. When we embrace love in our actions and mindset, live becomes much more fulfilling and purpose-filled. Love isn't a squishy thing; it is a life-changing thing. Thanks for raising our call to act with love! Jon
2 months, 1 week ago on Love Is A Choice
Great list! One thing that also helps for me is to print it out. Maybe I am old fashioned, but reading it on paper still helps my editing. Thanks! Jon
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 11 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing
Well done, Doug. Fascinating article on viral content or, really, the role audience plays in it. Appreciate all the work you did on this. Thanks! Jon
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Study: Where Does Viral Content Get Its Start?
@Lori Thanks, Lori, for your thoughtfulness. I appreciated your comment on my Wisdom 2.0 post, and I will definitely take a look at adding to the Life of a Blogger. Thank you. Jon
2 months, 3 weeks ago on How Do You Manage Grief?
Lori, I wish I had some insightful comment to add, but I don't. All I can express is my gratitude for your sharing your journey through grief. You are providing an example for many others. Jon