This is a blog about personal growth. I am not faithful in my writing here, because mypersonal growth takes me in multiple directions. My marketing coaches tell me to pick a niche and stick with it. That is the only way I will grow readers, and perhaps get clients. This is difficult for me because my interests are fairly eclectic, as are everyone’s. I read books that capture my interest, I go to church and learn, I am interested in my health (more so as I get older and things start feeling my age), and my work takes me in many directions. In short, I am living my life. And my days ebb and flow on that current.
I have decided that for this blog to work for me, I am going to share what I am interested in, what I am learning, and the meaning making that has for me. If that also works for you, please join me. Converse with me – I will answer you. Share your opinions, even when they are different from mine. I will seek first to understand your point of view, and have a dialogue with you. This is where we practice the skills I often talk about in my leadership training:
- Discerning our values
- Developing our vision and mission
- Setting goals and making values based decisions
- Having fun
- Being creative.
- Listening, and being empathetic
- And, so on
Today, one third of January has passed. My word this month is JOY. I am faithfully posting on Facebook each day what I am joyful for each morning and evening – and my followers tell me they are truly enjoying those brief statements. I hope they recognize the everydayness of those thoughts, and that some days, like them, I have to look for the very small things because there are no huge JOY moments to talk about.
Last week was a growing experience at our church, Unity Lincoln. We participated in Discovery Circles to find out what it is, or who, the church wants to be. Over the weekend, we held full workshops on Making Peace With Your Past, along with a Healing Circle on Sunday afternoon. The purpose? To learn to be truth seekers, open and honest with each other at all times. To call each other on it when we are being less than our best – with love and respect. And, it was about forgiveness, letting go of what was so that you can begin to live what is.
I’m glad I participated – I relearned what I already knew. I identified situations I need to forgive because the feelings they stir up haven’t served me well in my life. I knew them before, but I wasn’t done with them. These are additional opportunities for growth – and to offer myself compassion and acceptance, and rest in the joy of who I am today. Because, I am perfect, whole and complete in the eyes of the Universe.
I have been drinking Kangan water for three days now. A friend of mine is supplying me with the water so we can get a taste (no pun intended) of the changes it can induce in us before we take on a major investment in the machine. Karl and I, along with Joe, are taking a hard look at the food and drink we put in our bodies, and doing some research on the affects of our “meat and potatoes” American diet. Karl is struggling to give up his daily “dinner”, and the sandwiches he normally eats each day. I am struggling to identify what I want for my breakfast besides the traditional breakfast food I really enjoy. We are such creatures of habit, continually falling back into what we learned and lived as children. It is difficult to make the adjustment to a different lifestyle, and a healthier life, because we must break lifelong habits. Each day, we are consciously making the decisions we need to make and continuing to do the research we feel necessary to find what is right for us.
Last night, Big Dog had a seizure for about 30 seconds. Afterwards, he paced throughout the house for about an hour and a half. He stopped frequently to drink, but often stood at the water bowl as if he wasn’t quite sure what he should be doing or how to lap up the water. Once we got him to lay down, he began to whine, and then to howl as only an Alaskan Malamute can. I sat with him, giving him Reiki, for almost an hour until he laid his head down to sleep. The remainder of the night was quiet, but sleep was elusive for us. We didn’t know if this was the beginning of something new for him. He is over ten years old now which is the lower limit of his life cycle. Malamutes generally live between 10 – 12 years, and it may be his time to transition.
This morning, I am joyful we made it through the night with Byron. He is a good dog, and so very loving of his humans. We have had him in our home since 2006 when Joe moved in with us, and he has become part of our family, becoming our dog when Joe moved out in 2010. It is my wish to help him through this toward whatever end we are headed.
The values I am living today are: love, patience, generosity of spirit, focus and a willingness to be vulnerable. Completing and posting this blog fulfills all of those. Thank you for being part of my community.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.