"To Live My Life As..."
This is a re-post of the ONLY post I did that didn't receive a single comment. I consider it to be one of the most important posts I've written...
First of all, thank you so much for reading this and for all the amazing emails, phone calls and conversations of support. I know I am blogging like crazy, but for now, the juices are a'flowin', so I am a'bloggin'. I'm sure it will slow a bit and I will start to post recipes and such....okay for those of you who know me, maybe not recipes...
A few years ago, I spent a life changing weekend at The Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.
It was an intimate retreat of 10 business professionals designed help create your business's culture. In any business, you have to know what kind of culture you want in order to really hire and market to the people you want.. or more importantly, the people who want you!
To begin the process, the facilitator (actually, I think he was a jedi master in disguise) asked us to each come up with a mission statement for our own life. My mind started reeling immediately (I am totally competitive when it comes to these things) but the "Master" spoke and reeling ceased almost instantly and my life was changed forever.
This man, master, guru, said the following: "For me, it is that I want to live my life as the man I want my son to become."
TO LIVE MY LIFE AS THE MAN I WANT MY SON TO BECOME
Every fiber of my being resounded, "Yes! Yes! Yes! That is it. That is how I want to live."
The clarity was instant. It was a true "Ah Ha" moment. How to live, who to be, what to do, was....well, instantly obvious.
Getting the mission statement was the easy part (this sentence alone was worth every penny of that expensive retreat). Truly living it, holding my place in the world in this way is the challenge.
When I hold myself to this kind of awesome accountability, I make the right choice everytime, without fail, no exceptions. When I let my ego, pettiness, jealousy, etc. get the better of me, I try to snap out of it by reminding myself of the woman and example I want to be.
Am I perfect? Ah, that would be a big, fat "NO, not even close!" But, I am thoughtful and aware and that's half the battle. For me, having a "motto" for my life is necessary. A grounding point. If you don't know where you're going, how are you ever going to get anywhere?
If you have a mission statement or motto, please share it in the comments! If not, maybe take a few minutes and think about it. If the motto I shared suits you, take it, it's yours... Can you imagine a world in which we all functioned from such a place?
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