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Yourlifework Guide, Issue #011 The Heroic Journey!
April 27, 2005
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Begin within: follow your inner guidance, do less and be more, and live life with more acceptance and peace. Editor and Publisher: Teresa Proudlove
Issue #011 April 27,2005
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Table of Contents
1. Time Travel Blessings
2. Self-Help Sledge Hammer
3. The Heroic Journey
4. Grow Self-Trust
Time Travel Blessings
We purchased a VCR player this weekend after years of living with only a DVD player. Buying a VCR may not seem like a noteworthy purchase in a high-tech world yet it proved to be a worthy blessing. Boxes filled with VHS recordings were unearthed from dark recesses where they had hidden for over a decade.
Replaying some old home videos for the first time in fourteen years eerily pulled me back to witness a much younger self - long ago left behind. One of our time-travels took us back to 1991 to perhaps the first workshop I publicly presented called “Being Your Best, Inside and Out.”
There I stood, so very polished, professional, all-knowing; assuredly directing people how to think and present themselves correctly in order to have successful lives. Barely a chink showed in that professional armor.
Self-Help Sledge Hammer
I shuddered to hear myself assuredly espouse the latest personal development philosophies without fully evaluating how those words might affect others. I had not considered how people might feel after being told “You must do this/do that, strive for more, set the right goals, live with passion, avoid mediocrity, change your thinking, be a peak performer etc… to be successful.”
How carelessly back then I said, “If you think you have a comfortable life, are comfortable with your job, home, family this is the death-knell rattle. To be comfortable is a death. We must always be reaching for more…”
Through living a much kinder approach to life, I now know, this endless striving for more, never being good enough now, calling anything short of peak performance "mediocrity," hurts us. This thinking denigrates and devalues our human journey.
What about picking your fifteen year old up from a Friday night party at a friend’s house (and yes, the parents were home) to discover they had bought and drank vodka? Isn’t handling that volatile situation with enough love and understanding to be given the entire truth from your teen a peak performance?
The Heroic Journey
Doing our best to be good human beings; loving our children, spouses, making a decent home and livelihood is nothing short of a heroic journey. Any philosophy that intimates we are failures or are living lives of mediocrity if we work in a job that is not our passion is the antithesis of self-help. Perhaps the job is not our greatest love but often we do it out of love for our homes and families and in this, there is great honor.
Of course, this excludes making ourselves work somewhere that is toxic or making us sick. Nor am I advocating ignoring our dreams or the changes we long for. Rather, I am suggesting we put more trust in ourselves and our God for our answers than in latest “How to achieve” philosophies or shallow societal values.
Our self trust grows the more we notice how we are feeling after hearing, reading or watching something. We learn to find the pearls amidst the glut of information we are constantly bombarded with. Do we feel a little bigger and better about ourselves? Or do we feel less than if we do not comply with the message? As our teenage son remarked about my canned “self-help” video given so long ago, “I didn’t know you were one of those phony people who go around telling people what to do!”
To be fair to myself those workshops back then were an excellent experience offered with good intention and some pearls. However, at that time I had not come to realize how damaging this continual striving and pushing to do more, be more, change more, is to our precious selves. Back then, I mostly ignored my feelings and commandeered my world from my head.
Now, I do my best to live and speak from my heart… to live a much kinder life philosophy. So my heroic friends, thank your for your time. I hope you enjoyed this e-zine and found it useful. I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next month’s issue,
Warmest regards, Teresa I would love to hear from you!
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Remember: Be gentle with yourself. Listen to your guidance. Navigate through life and work with more peace and acceptance.
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