A Terrific Turn-Key Transformation Tip to Lighten any Trouble

That feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted, saturated with suffocation by a problem you don’t think has any solution can be completely paralyzing. Anger, fear and resentment arrive wrapped in a bow of confusion like the plague without warning. “Do I really have to deal with this right now?”

Pending the discovery of a silver bullet which I have never known to exist for anyone, I think you’ll find this little exercise a quick fun fix to turn around any sorrowful perspective into a dazzling vision of hope and joy.

“When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has past”.

I recently interviewed the founder of Mariposa Magazine, Emily Hahn, and loved her cure for the “stinking thinking” disease we can all occasionally face. I call this type of action “successful sabotage” because you are setting yourself up for success in advance of encountering any inevitable obstacle. Consider it an insurance policy to protect your heart from despair.

Acceptance is imperative. Why? Because understanding you will face people, places and events which can get you a little down now and then, is the foundation of all true freedom. It’s OK. Don’t worry. It happens to everyone. The brilliance is not in avoiding feelings of pain, but to make sure those hurtful feelings don’t become your final destination. Good to begin well, better to end well.

Emily had a really rough childhood as an immigrant to the United States, from language barriers to family dysfunction. She had a tough marriage which ended up in divorce, and difficulty finding financing to complete her education while raising her children alone. It wasn’t easy to pick herself up and go on, but she did. (Listen to her story – click here).

During that time of discouragement, she unexpectedly found a job as a waitress, which she very much enjoyed because she loved meeting and serving a variety of new people. The money she earned afforded her the opportunity to complete her college degree, which she then used as a spring board to become a top sales manager at a fortune 500 company.

One day, driving through town, she found herself reflecting on her earlier struggles and how drastically different her life had become (for the better). She was deeply grateful, thanking God to be on the other side of her most horrific pain, when she suddenly recognized the old restaurant. How could she have ever known?

Emily thought how wonderful it would be if she could forever capture that pure moment of peace, success and appreciation. Wouldn’t it be amazing if she could bottle that positive energy for safe keeping to recycle on a rainy day? She wanted to wrap herself in that blanket of joy and happiness to never forget.

It was in that moment that she had the idea. Compelled by a strong inspiration, she entered her old establishment to purchase an apron like the one she had worn for so many long hours in days gone by. She wanted to touch that piece of her history that gave her the opportunity to turn her life around.

What happened next was equally as unexpected. She went to her local frame store and had that apron mounted on all four sides like a badge of honor. It was her certificate of authenticity, proof she could live life on life’s terms, validation that dreams really can come true.

Today, that framed apron proudly perches in her office as a constant reminder that the bend in the road doesn’t have to be the end of the road. She did it once; she can do it again and again and again after that. Her disappoints in life were spiritually transformed into a vehicle of delight. Anything is possible with a little hope, faith, trust and true grit.

Emily's Framed Apron

Emily Hahn didn’t discover an antibiotic to eliminate problems from everyday living, but she most assuredly learned how to inject optimism into every moment of the days she is yet to live.

Like the caterpillar into the butterfly, we often don’t see the most beautiful change is happening deep inside our struggle, which births the strength to give us our wings to fly.

 

 

Deb Scott, BA, CPC #1 Best-Selling Author in Social Media for Business for “SocialMedia for the Rest of Us: Simple Steps to Understanding & Optimizing Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+.  Best-Selling Author in Motivation, Self-Help, Transformation and four time award winning author of; The Sky is Green & the Grass is Blue.  Top rated best podcaster winner for: The Best People We Know Show, with over 1 million global listeners.  Top 1% Kred Social Media Influencer. Deb spent twenty years as a cardiovascular surgical specialist, winning numerous awards for outstanding sales and leadership skills.  In her personal life, Deb battled sexual abuse, others’ alcoholism, dysfunctional relationships, depression, was the sole caregiver to both her parents who fought cancer to their death, and even experienced financial devastation.  Today, Deb helps people turn things around in their business, or the business of living, with the discovery of the amazing you.

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Progress NOT Perfection: The Real Deal Success Recipe

As Featured in:  Soul Woman Sanctuary Magazine

Why do some people feel happy with so much less than others who appear to marinate in misery with monetary over flowing abundance? Could it be in the way success is measured? Could it be the easiest way to achieve peace in this life exists in progress vs perfection?

Consider the first man on the moon got to his destination by being in a rocket which was on track perfectly approximately only two percent of the time. Only two percent of the entire journey! Yet, the goal was astonishingly accomplished which changed history forever for all mankind. Was it maintaining perfect progress towards the moon or being perfectly on track which most powerfully propelled ultimate victory?

My point is this; consider measuring your life and goals in terms of progress rather than perfection.

Think of something right now you want very much in your personal life, your business, or even in your family which you don’t yet have. Consider the progress you have made in this area in the last year, two years or even ten years, and ask yourself if you don’t instantaneously feel more inspired, uplifted and hopeful.

Realize you might not be where you want to be, but you’re definitely not where you use to be!


 
So next time you need a little jolt of joy in your life journey, adjust your internal thermometer to focus on the great amount of progress you have made in learning, growing, changing and adjusting to the inevitable ups and downs of life, instead of comparing and despairing in the futile illusion of being perfect. The truth is; progress IS perfection.

 

Deb Scott, BA, CPC is a four-time award winning author of “The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue,” and a top rated Best Podcaster winner of “The Best People We Know Show” on blog talk radio, stitcher and player FM with over 1 million global listeners.  Deb spent twenty years as a cardiovascular surgical specialist, winning numerous awards for outstanding sales and leadership skills.  In her personal life, Deb battled sexual abuse, others’ alcoholism, dysfunctional relationships, depression, was the sole caregiver to both her parents who fought cancer to their death, and even experienced financial devastation.  Today, Deb helps people turn things around in their business, or the business of living, with the discovery of the amazing you. Sign up for Deb’s free mind vitamin monthly newsletter at:  http://www.GreenSkyandBlueGrass.com  

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Best People: Is this You?

It’s been a lot of fun to see the #BestPeople hashtag get so much attention on twitter.

The hashtag was created from The Best People We Know Radio Show, which we are blessed to have over 750K Global listeners now going into our third year.

But what does it mean to earn the #BestPeople seal of approval?

Best People aren’t just anybody; they are above average in every respect. When I reflected on the character traits of those I have come to admire in this elite group of amazing human beings, I came up with the following top five traits you can always trust a Best People to Know person will absolutely possess.

Best People:

1. These souls have integrity and walk their talk with action not just word.
2. They help each other unselfishly beyond expectations without an agenda.
3. They have a great sense of humor and always look at the bright side of life.
4. They encourage, inspire and share their wisdom with style and grace.
5. They love to connect Best People to other Best People.

Are you one of the Best People to Know? You can find us sprinkled around the globe on every social media outlet available. If you know a Best People or your are one yourself, be sure to tag us and introduce yourself with the hashtag #BestPeople.

And thank you to all the Best People who have been kind beyond measure to support the Best People We Know Radio Show in the prestigious Shorty Awards.

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Lots of Blessings with Love Sprinkles and keep Sharing Your Shine,
Deb

The Process

 

The "Process"

Instant messaging, fast apps, viral video’s, life on demand.

Is it any wonder you may feel like you’re a total failure if you don’t have a drive through break through to achieving your dreams?

Change, growth, creating a better life, it’s all part of a process.

Consider this:  Do you go outside and plant a seed in the ground expecting it to mature into a full grown tree in twenty minutes? Are you frustrated, filled with negative thoughts or depressed when it doesn’t happen in a moment? No, of course not. Then why would you expect your living human spirit to respond to laws which are made for the technological and mechanical.?

I recently interviewed Rakesh Sarin a researcher and professor from UCLA who discovered after extensive research one of the key factors to experiencing authentic happiness is the individual’s ‘expectations.’

An expectation can be a moving target and enemy shadow tirelessly chasing your peace, contentment and inner joy.

Can you recall a time in your life when you were injured. If you broke your arm or sprained your ankle you automatically had the expectation that it would take time to heal. You were undoubtedly excited and grateful when you saw yourself making progress toward regaining your original condition. You had a new expectation in light of your injury, and therefore a different base line for what made you happy.

Life is a process. Your spiritual growth is a process. Relationships are a process. Learning is a process. Becoming skilled at a task is a process. Healing is a process. If you’re alive, you’re in some stage of a process.

 

"Am I ready yet?"

 

Be gentle with yourself. Whatever goal, dream or vision you have for improving your life takes time. Enjoy the process of becoming. Live in the present moment. Taste it, listen to it, feel it, touch it, breath it in.

It's All A Process

Perhaps if you alter the unrealistic expectation that something more needs to happen for life the way it is to be a success, you will suddenly find yourself exchanging stressful restlessness for loving patience.

Next time you feel frustrated that something isn’t happening fast enough for you, remember that your agenda is merely a pre-mediated expectation which hasn’t been given a truthful reality check yet.

 

Deb Scott, BA, CPC

Deb is Author of the National Four time Award Winner Book in: Self-Help | Motivation | Best New Non-Fiction | Self-Improvement; The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - , a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the Top Rated Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self HelpRadio

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Best Poem in the World

Open Your Mind to Open Your Heart

BEST POEM IN THE WORLD

I was shocked , confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloudnine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.

‘And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said,
‘they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.’

Author Unknown

 

What Does This Say To You?

If you’re like me, you’re feeling a rush of emotional shock right now with that last line.

Judge not and you will not be judged.  Many saints were sinners, and many sinners became great saints.

What message does this poem say to you?

 

 

 

 

Deb Scott, BA, CPC

Deb is Author of the National Four time Award Winner Book in: Self-Help | Motivation | Best New Non-Fiction | Self-Improvement; The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - , a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the Top Rated Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self HelpRadio

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Turning Your Talents & Passions into Success

As Featured in The Motivation Marathon.
By Deb Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

Terrific Tips!

Do you want to be a success? Of course your answer is a resounding YES!

The more difficult question to contemplate might be: how do you define and measure your success?

Is it having a specific amount of money?
Being a certain weight?
Traveling around the world?
Receiving recognition and accolades at work?
Experiencing a rewarding relationship with your partner, spouse or children?
Is it an emotional feeling of peaceful well-being?

You can’t turn your talents and passions into success, if you don’t have a clear definition of what success is for you.

 

Write down your personal definition of success below.

____________________________________________________________________________

The next part of the equation is identifying your talents and passions. You may have a talent which you are not passionate about using, and a passion for something you are not talented to manifest, and you may have some talents and passions which directly overlap. For example, you may be passionate about drawing, but you might not be particularly talented at it. You might be very talented at singing, but not particularly passionate about it. You could be a talented teacher and also very passionate about teaching.

Take a moment to write three things you are talented at, and three things you are passionate about.

Talents                                                                    Passions

1.                                                                                  1.

2.                                                                                  2.

3.                                                                                  3.

A recent study by Dr. Martin Seligman suggested happiness can be broken down into three separate and measurable categories.

A) The Pleasant Life
Having as much positive emotion and as little negative emotion as possible.

B) The Engaged Life
Being completely absorbed by the challenges you face at work, love, play, etc.

C) The Meaningful Life
Knowing what your highest strengths are and using them to belong to and serve something that is bigger than you are.

Combining your talents with your passions in the context of what gives you positive emotions, and powerfully absorbs you in a meaningful way, will inevitably give you true success in being your most authentic self.

 Fit Your Talents & Passions Together for Success

 

One of the best ways to achieve something you want is to find a good mentor. Who can you think of who has already accomplished what you want? What did they do to get it? Who do they associate with? What types of activities and hobbies do they engage in? What types of people do they associate with? What books do they read? What associations do they belong to? What are their daily habits like? These are just some of the questions you can ask.

Name 2 people you admire who already have what you want.

1.

2.

The Texas Medical Association identified 8 characteristics of happy people.

8 Characteristics of Happy People…They…

· devote a great amount of time to family and friends

· are comfortable expressing gratitude

· are the first to offer a helping hand

· express optimism when imagining their futures

· savor life’s pleasures and live in the moment

· make physical activity a daily habit

· are deeply committed to lifelong goals

· show poise and strength in coping with crises

Do you notice a trend, that happiness is developed by nurturing your talents and passions, which ultimately leads to personal success?

Doing what you were designed to successfully accomplish will give you more energy, not less. You will be better at making decisions, leading others, and more resilient in adversity. Your health and immune system will be stronger, and you will enjoy a more satisfying life.

Another psychological study by Chris Peterson indicates truly successful and satisfied people tend to have the following 6 virtues in their character:

· Wisdom

· Courage

· Humility

· Justice

· Temperance

· Transcendence

Which one of these do you identify with most powerfully? Which one of these do you admire in other people? Which ones do you want to experience more frequently?

Once you have clearly defined what success is for you; understanding what talents you have and what sets your heart on fire with passion, you are able to deliberately feed your soul in each area. Ideally, you will be activating one or more of the virtues listed above to reinforce your overall success.

So how can you strategies for success?

Implementing the following three elements into your action plan will result in success:

1. Focus on learning new skills to reinforce your talents and passions.

2. Consistently cultivate what you already do well and enjoy.

3. Eliminate unnecessary stressors which are not a priority to your value system.

You can’t do it alone, and you weren’t meant to! We all learn, grow, and succeed with the help of others. Surrounding yourself with people who inspire your soul to free your talents and passions will carry you with momentum not possible on your own power.

We are here to support your success with tips and tools you can use and trust.  Keep  going and growing to be your best!

Love and Blessings,

Deb Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

 

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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Deb is Author of the FOUR time National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue- turning your upside down world right side up!  a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio. Simple Steps to Stop Suffering : The Sky is Green & The Grass is Blue : Now! Now available on Kindle. Dumping the Drama – Workbook and 30 Minute Audio. Now available on Kindle. Sign up for Debs “Mind Vitamins” Newsletter today!

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Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of The Best Ever You Network and the host of top-rated “Best Ever You Show” on Blog Talk Radio. Elizabeth is a certified professional life coach, journalist, actress/on-air personality and author. Her two award winning children’s books “Blueberry – A Cat’s Eye View of Maine” (2009) and “Pinky Doodle Bug” (2011) are available where books are sold. Elizabeth and her husband Peter have been married for 13 years and have 4 boys.

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Gratefulness; A GREAT Person is FULL of GRATITUDE

Great People are Grateful People.
As Featured in WE Magazine for Women!

I firmly believe the greatest people I have ever met in my life, are always the most grateful.

Does this describe you?

The grateful person undoubtedly possess one or all of the following qualities I deeply admire: peace, humility and happiness.

A Grateful Person is a Happy and Healthy Person

Research by Dr. Robert Emmons at UC Davis showed adults, youth, children, and even those with medical disabilities benefited in a variety of of ways both mentally and physically from practicing gratitude activities.

Summary of Findings

  • In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).
  • A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment: Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
  • A daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others). There was no difference in levels of unpleasant emotions reported in the three groups.
  • Participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another, relative to the hassles or social comparison condition.
  • In a sample of adults with neuromuscular disease, a 21-day gratitude intervention resulted in greater amounts of high energy positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one’s life, and better sleep duration and sleep quality, relative to a control group.
  • Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families (Froh, Sefick, & Emmons, 2008).

The good news is emotional resilience is not limited to your genetic make up – you CAN improve your attitude and overall well being by taking an active role in reflecting on the many things you can be grateful for.

My Gratitude List Begins with...

What can YOU be grateful for today?

1. Did you get up in a warm house this morning?

It is estimated by the National Alliance to End Homelessness that 2.3 and 3.5 million people experience homelessness in America.

2. Did you have running water to brush your teeth?

The World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, says three billion of the world’s population lives in squalor and misery without access to proper sanitation or clean water.

3. Can you read, write, hear, or speak?

Helen Keller could not read, write, hear or speak – yet she became one of the greatest thought leaders of our time, making the whole world a better place.

Once asked what was worse than being blind, Ms. Keller answered “Being able to see, but not having any vision.”

4. Do you have 2 arms to write and 2 legs to walk?

There are many Wounded Warriors coming home this Thanksgiving and Christmas without limbs protecting the freedom for you and me.

Nick Vujicic has something to say to you about Life without Limbs.

I’ve had the pleasure now to interview over 100 experts and celebrities on The Best People We Know Radio Show - and it never fails – the really great ones are always the most humble and grateful for every blessing they have had the privilege to experience. They are passionate about helping other people be happy.

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Count your blessings not your burdens.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero

Deb Scott, BA, CPC

Deb is Author of the THREE time National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio

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Your Best Holiday Ever!!

Memories most Treasured are the Moments which Matter most.
(As Featured in the December Issue of the Best Ever You Magazine)

My Best Holiday Ever!

Busy moms, non-stop active kids, family commitments and a to do list that seems to have a never-ending life of its own.

“Are you kidding? How do I create the best holiday ever with all this going on?”

First, take a moment to define what will truly create your best holiday ever? Is it in the activities or the feelings created during the activity? Is it the material gift, or the eternal memory which it inspires? Is it in the doing, or the being?

 

The Recipe for Happy Holidays:

1. Create a Family Tradition.

Creating a special family tradition where each person contributes in some special manner is a great way to make any holiday unforgettable. “Family traditions are important in every individual because it strengthens the connections between each member and it bridges the gaps between them.”

It can be a signature dish you cook together, a gratitude tree you decorate reflecting what each person appreciates most about the other, certain prayers you say before your holiday meal, music you enjoy, or even doing errands together in preparation for the celebration itself.

The point is to have fun, create smiles, and an atmosphere where you all feel the love, love, love!

2. Help someone else have a Happy Holiday.

The irony in volunteering is the person you help most is most assuredly yourself!

Helping out at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter probably quickly come to mind, but what about volunteering to watch another family’s child so parents can get some alone time, walking a neighbors dog, visiting the old age home and dropping off some home baked cookies, or keeping socks and food certificates in your car to give to a homeless person you might see going by?

No time to travel in your volunteer effort? How about writing a letter to a Holiday Hero who is away from his/her family this season. The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes is a great place to start.

3. Watch an Inspirational Movie together and discuss what you experienced.

Stories and movies are a powerful catalyst for introspective emotion because we see ourselves in the characters and their story as we watch.

Find a movie which inspires reflection on priorities which you value- love, integrity, respect, or simple appreciation for being alive.

One of my favorite Christmas movies is the 1946 Classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It highlights the paradox of what we want vs what we need, and the revelation that often being aware that we may already have it, is the most profound gift of all. George Bailey thought his life was not worth living triggered by a major financial crisis. What he learned by seeing life without him in it, was that he truly did have a ‘Wonderful Life.”

How great would it be to start a family discussion of your favorite scene, message, or quote which especially touched your heart? Al little popcorn and a lot of conversation can be an inexpensive event with a priceless memory.

4. Share Gratitude Prayers together.

I have never met a humble or grateful, unhappy person. Sharing prayers of gratitude for the blessings you have in your life, and praying for those who don’t, keeps you fully in the present moment.

Not only will you feel better when you reflect on the many blessings in your life and family, but scientific studies show “Children who practice grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and their families (Froh, Sefick, & Emmons, 2008).”

I have begun to make a conscious daily effort to capture how many things I can be grateful for in my day from sun up to sun down. From waking up in the morning and being grateful that I had a bed to sleep in with a roof over my head, to the heat in my house, and the water that is running for a hot shower, to every meal I am privileged to eat. Why do I keep it so basic? Because there are many people without a home, heat, running water or food. My two legs that walk are a blessing I can’t allow myself to take for granted, as I reflect there is a soldier coming home who does not have his legs anymore.

From A – Z, or using each letter in your name, there is a way you can start your gratitude list and pray for those who don’t have what you already enjoy. Your gratitude list is somebody else’s best wish list.

5. Give one another the Gift of Time.

In this electric speed information age where everything is instantly available, it is easy to forget the material world is not the real world. In fact, the things we all want most can’t be purchased or touched with the hand, but only felt in the heart: Love, appreciation, respect, happiness.

Why not wrap up a box with the gift of time. An intention to get an ice cream together, visit a museum, go ice skating next weekend, finger paint, or finally make that trip to that ‘somewhere’ you planned for ‘someday.’ You can even volunteer to help an animal by adopting a pet for a day – check out Pets 911 for more information on how to make this happen.

The Gift is In the Moment.

Get a new way of thinking about the most valuable gift you can ever give: yourself.

Try one or all of these tips, and discover if they don’t help you have your best holiday ever.

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Angel sprinkles and blessings to you and yours for the happiest holiday ever.

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Deb Scott, BA, CPC

Deb is Author of the FOUR time National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio

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How Bamboo Taught Me to Be Happy – 3 Things it Can Teach You Too

Lessons from Bamboo

I believe all of nature speaks loudly the lessons we most need to know, but the unique attributes of beautiful Bamboo resonate especially clear the life lessons we most need to hear to live a happy life.

Widely know as a symbol of good luck, a Bamboo plant with “three stalks is considered good for happiness, five for health, two for love, eight for wealth, nine stalks for overall goodness and prosperity in the owner’s life.”

Not so widely known is the fact Bamboo is one of the strongest and fastest growing plants on Earth. Bamboo is used in a wide variety of venues such as; food, medicine, construction, paper, fabric, furniture and even music.

Want to get solutions to your problems? Be like Bamboo and live a happy life. Here’s why…

 

1. Be Open to Be Strong


Don’t let the hollow tubing in Bamboo deceive you. What you think may appear weak, is actually strong. The open cylinders characteristic of bamboo are solid vehicles to transport water in irrigation systems, surviving tough winters and the hottest of summers.

To receive a new of thinking, being, and doing, we have to be open to receive like the hollow channels characteristic in bamboo.

Only when we are open to receive, can we be a channel to transport wisdom, knowledge and love. In the the openness of bamboo, there is also strength.

2. Be Flexible in Storms

Bamboo is often the only thing left in tact even after the highest winds of a typhoon. The tall stalks move with the wind, not against it.

The bamboo trunk will sway and bend with the wind, while its roots remain firmly rooted in the ground. It bends, but does not break.

When storms come towards you in life, and they always will, lean with the process, not against it. “What can I learn from this problem, discomfort or difficultly?” There is always something good which can come out of something bad if we stay firmly rooted in the solid values which give purpose to our unique existence.

3. Be an Instrument of Healing


While the Bamboo flute is known to make some of the most lovely music, it is rarely recognized for its medicinal properties in healing the ills of the body or mind.

Bamboo as a medicine “is especially used for the disorder of hot phlegm that coats or obstructs the “orifices of the heart,” affecting the brain functions. Thus, it is used for epilepsy, fainting and loss of consciousness in feverish diseases, and a variety of mental disorders.”

Unsuspecting, Bamboo is a source for successful solutions to a wide variety of problems and needs. There is no part of the Bamboo which is wasted, it is all good.

“The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same.” Aikido master Kensho Furuya

Deb Scott, BA, CPC
Deb is Author of the 2 x National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue – turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! On Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio.

 

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Awareness: Do You Know Who YOU Are? 3 Quick Questions

You must be self aware.

Do YOU Know YOU?

Aristotle stated “The unexamined life is not worth living,” hundreds of years ago. I have found it not only remains a modern day nicety – it’s downright dangerous to not examine and know who you truly are.

Do you really know you?

What if I told you that you were the eagle in this story? OK, I am. So open your mind, and read with patient reflection what I’m trying to show you. [Read more…]

The Perfect Christmas Gift

The Perfect Christmas Gift

The perfect Christmas Gift for you, or anyone and everyone you know is less than affordable $15.00 away!

What is this fabulous present? A book of course!

The perfect gift for anyone!

Great inspirational books offer years of life lessons on how to be happy, live your best life now, transform screams into dreams, and ways to live in purpose and on passion.

Books fit Everyone

You don’t have to worry about getting the right size, color, or style. It’s low in calories, and high on mind vitamins. It’s not too big or too small, and you don’t even need to spend a lot of money. It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

The Gift they willl Enjoy All Year!

Books are the perfect gift because:

  • “Books deepen your relationship; creating a unique, intelligent and personal connection..”
  • “Books offer ideas and insight that inspire, educate and motivate positive change in a person’s work and life.”
  • “A personally signed gift book becomes long-lasting reminders of an event, celebration or shared experience.”
  • “Books are tangible communication tools, that help reinforce key messages and core values.”
  • “Books are “bonding agents” that create buzz, promote communication, idea sharing and culture building.”
  • “Books don’t end up in the circular file.”
  • “Plus… you’ll hear things like “Wow… this is really cool!”

Everyone Enjoys a Great Book!

Need an Idea on Which Book to Give?

Get the FOUR TIME NATIONAL Award Winning book -“The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - turning your upside down world right side up!” on Amazon, Kindle, and Barnes & Noble.com today.

"Thank You! I love this book!"

Be amazing.  They’ll thank you with a smile.

Give a gift they’ll love. Give a book.  Bring happiness.  Sharing is caring!

Eliminate Fatigue the Natural Way

Do you feel more fatigued in recent days?

It could be due to the reduction in daylight hours as we enter the winter season, or as obvious as the upcoming issues often associated with holiday stress. No matter the cause, there is a natural way to fight fatigue, for free.

"I've fallen and I can't get up!"

Researchers at the “University of Michigan, and Terry Hartig, of  Uppsala University, have shown that nature experiences relieve mental fatigue.” Nature is filled with abundant content in sight, sound, color, smell, and sound which “offers intrinsic interest and a sense of fascination, which leads to renewed attention and positive affects of well-being.”

Your Five Senses

When your five senses are engaged, you are more likely to be mindful in the present moment. This awareness boosts sensitivity throughout your body, releasing endorphins.

Feel the cool crisp fall air on your cheeks, taste the blazing colors of yellow, orange, and red jewel tones bursting through the autumn leaves. Hear the squirrels scurrying through the ground foliage, and smell the soothing scents of the wild which refresh the depths of your soul. Breath deep, and experience the peace.

A Natural Mirror of YOU

There is good reason why your inner spirit feels at rest in the woods. Kaplan & Talbot found statistical evidence that, “exposure to external fundamental structures leads to greater contact with internal fundamental structures.” So if you want to discover more of your inner self, place yourself in natural outer surroundings which act as a mirror to ignite the process of self discovery.  

Soak in Nature

There’s even more good news. Merely focusing on photographs of nature can have similar results. “Studies showed those individuals who observed images of nature compared to urban scenes had an increase in overall well-being, as well.”  Placing images of nature in your office or home are more than mere aesthetics.

 

A Very Good Medicine

Nature is potent medicine. “One previous study showed that surgical patients with a view of trees required fewer painkillers than those looking at a brick wall.” And a Japanese study showed that, “a three-day exposure to nature increased the body’s natural “killer cells” by 50 percent.”

Wear Now

Feelings of awe and wonder help shift our focus from the “me” to “we” in search of universal connectedness. Ideas and insights into spiritual meaning are born and developed, with a sense of surprise and divine arrangement. Being part of something greater than oneself adds purpose and meaning to life.

So next time you feel mentally, emotionally, or physically exhausted, consider immersing yourself in the natural remedy outside your door.   More of the birds and bees, please.

Terrific Teens – The Best People We Know Club!

You may have heard the phrase, “out of the mouth of babes,” but you may never have considered learning life lessons from teens.  This blog post could provide a surprise which opens your mind.

Terrific Teens Team!

I recently completed a full week of volunteer teaching summer catechism (i.e. better known as Sunday school) for eighth graders at my parish in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This was a super concentrated program, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm daily.  Quite a demanding commitment for most adults, these young  people rose to the occasion with an attitude of openness, enthusiasm, and respect.

These terrific teens became positive energy transformation machines!  

Each student enjoyed contributing their own personal brand of authenticity into each project and presentation.  Creating posters, coordinating skits, organizing events, each teen expressed themselves with healthy humility and charisma.  A delicate balance of integrity many adults have sadly forgotten to represent.

Our Future & Hope

Picture Perfect Pizza.

At the end of the week, the group yearned for pizza.  How could you say no to those sparkling eyes and miles of smiles?!

When one of the group went out to place the order (everyone has a cell phone at thirteen these days), the returning response included, “Deb, we were short $15.00 for the order, but the pizza lady said not to worry about it, and she’s going to deliver it to us anyway!”

Shocked, I had to smile myself.  It was clear the pizza lady responded with the non-conventional generosity of spirit the students expressed to her.  Do we give more than we receive?

Screaming with excitement and gratitude to have all five pizzas confirmed in the order, the group quickly applied the lessons they had learned.  Love is an action word, and what would appreciation for pizza look like?

A huge hand made poster board thank you card of course!  Complete with pictures, comments, signatures, and a “Deb’s Awesome Class, INC” manufacturing logo.  A human symphony orchestrated with  fun and flair everywhere!

Give what You have to Give-Gratitude

A surprise for the eyes, a gift for the soul, a lesson in love, from heaven above. 

We can all grab a gift in this simple pleasure of …

living in the moment. 

Being fully present. 

Grateful without reserve. 

Open without intimidation. 

Celebrating the simple.

The Best People We Know Club!

Refocus your vision for your eyes to clearly see.  Expect the magic to be in every moment.  Accept sometimes the best wisdom is packaged in a surprise.  Open you heart and mind to find the treasure in your terrific teens.

Give Authenticity

If ever there is a memory to turn a green sky into beautiful true blue, it could come from the unique brand of you.  Dare to be bold in shining your brilliance into this day.

Your light might fade the shadows blocking someone else’s way. 

Love in action never looked so good!

Love in Action