The Power of Choice

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”  – Chinese proverb

As I wrote my morning pages this last week (a morning mind dump so you can concentrate on what is creatively important for the day), I kept remembering that we have a choice in how we view our world. The thoughts we hold in our heart are reflected in what we see, what we pay attention to, and how we create our day to day lives.

A Beacon of LightWe get to choose! We can look out on a world of beauty, that beacon of light, or we can look at the darkness of the box we have chosen to live in.

Do we choose beauty, love and hope? Or, do we choose darkness, hate and fear? Do we choose to believe we are safe, or do we choose to believe that everyone is out to get us? Do we choose to be kind, compassionate, and understanding? Or, do we choose to scream, yell and be hateful?

Our thoughts are prayers. What we think about all the time is what will show up for us. This is powerful! We get to create our reality – the world we live in. And, while we do this, how does it ripple throughout our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, and our world? How are you impacting the people around you?

We are facing the shadow side of our country manifesting in our politics and our streets. Many of our countrymen and women are choosing fear. The only way to fight fear is with love. And our job is to love in the face of this fear. To be mindful and compassionate. To embrace those who are trembling. And, to teach by our actions, words and creative living.

What is your world view? What is your choice? How are you impacting the environment around you?

Daily Insight: Where am I now?

GratitudeI’ve taken a break from writing blogs for quite a while now.  I’m still reading, and learning, and responding to thoughts from the Universe, but I haven’t shared much with all of you. What I have shared has been met with mixed reviews, and I’m thinking that my contemplations may be out there too far for many to grab on to.

You see, I like change. Our world is changing rapidly, and I’m doing my best to stay focused on the impact it has on me, my family, my friends, and my community and entering into the spirit of non-resistance.

My clients are sensing that they also need to change, but many are resisting because of their inherited beliefs and values they have agreed to. I love asking the questions that require them to stop and think – and seeing the light in their eyes as they have an ah-ha moment. As my fellow leadership go-to here in Lincoln, Heath Harding,  often says, “I’m an Ah-Ha junkie!”

So, where am I now. Life has gotten interesting as I have begun re-pursuing an interest, one might call it a passion, in art. I’ve begun utilizing Zentangle as a meditation art tool, and I’m loving it so much I’m creating Zentangle prayer cards.

Along with that, I’m exploring the possibilities of Zentangle stained glass projects. This could be interesting and VERY complex.

I’ve begun drawing again, and I’m currently working on a pastel of my granddaughter, Ellie. And, I’m getting ready to dip into painting.

Why art? Because it allows me to slip into the stillness. My mind quiets, and I rest in the creative space of my heart. I am a better person for it. I am a better coach.

Have I stepped away from personal growth and leadership coaching? No, I haven’t. What I’m finding is that this branch I’ve stepped on to has deepened my commitment to coaching, and encouraging people to pursue their interests and what makes them happy. It has helped me better understand the importance of the question – “Who Are You?”

  • Sometimes this does not mean a change in careers, but perhaps it means a change in self-care and self-development.
  • Most of the time it means looking at how we spend our time, and how we prioritize what it is that we do each day.
  • It always means looking at who we are.

The question of the day is  – Who are you? Where are you now? To help you answer that question, think about the following:

  1. What motivates you? What are your priorities in life?
  2. What are your values? At the same time, don’t neglect to identify your needs (they trump values every time)!
  3. What are your strengths? (Don’t hesitate to pick up the little book, Strengthfinders 2.0 and take the assessment.)
  4. What are your interests – what do you enjoy doing and have ever since you were a child?
  5. What have you been successful at in the past that gave you great pleasure?

You are not your biography – what you’ve accomplished, where you grew up, who your parents are. The you that you are looking for is deep inside, observing the world around you.

Who am I?

My name is Georgia Feiste.  My job title is President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc. I live in Lincoln, NE, and Phoenix, AZ. My career is as an accomplished personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  I am also a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher.  

My passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  My strengths are seeing possibilities in what is, recognizing we are all connected and things happen for a reason, thinking and contemplating, helping others recognize and maximize their strengths, and setting goals to help each of us, myself included, create the future we envision. 

You can also find me on my website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.    You may also reach me at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.