Just finished feeling the warm breeze whisk by as I started the day with a bike ride around the neighborhood. It seems, especially lately, that whenever I walk out the door I see something new. Today was no different although that was partly because I took a virgin route going down a new set of roads. Passing by house after house some would say they all look the same, but I see them as unique characters each with their own personalities. There are those that appear almost happy while others sad with paint peeling and a months old flyer hanging on the door knob on one in particular.
Then as I parked my bike in my own house after the ride, I was just sitting down to turn on the computer when I received a text. It was a direct twitter message saying if I wanted to wake up inspired then subscribe to their email distribution. Intriguing was my thought. What if I already woke up inspired?
I am going to subscribe, by the way, because I feel that there can never be enough inspiration in my life. And, inspiration is such a beautiful word to me. To be inspired is something to inspire to although how many of the billions of people on the planet not only don’t feel inspired but are feeling right now exactly the opposite?
So what inspires you? And, what gets you up in the morning feeling alive? Is it someone else? That dearly beloved? Or, does it take that kick start of a fresh cup of coffee to get your engines running?
Whatever it is, we are here now alive for yet another day. For me, every day is an opportunity. There are always lessons to be learned and new paths to be discovered. And, what I discovered most recently is that by simply following my own instincts and listening to my intuition I find my way. Such was the case two days ago when an idea came to me as simply a whisper of inspiration if you will. My intention is to offer my services to 30 people in 30 days.
So there you have it. That was my idea, and while we all have ideas the question becomes how many of us act on and follow through with our ideas? How many amazing ideas are out there right now laying dormant inside someone’s head?
I decided to act. My implementation phase consisted of posting on facebook my intention. Almost immediately I began getting email responses. That was exciting and within the first 24 hours I received my first seven responses. What surprised me the most was a very unexpected shift.
Simply by putting it out there that I am offering my services to 30 people in 30 days, I began to receive phone calls from people wanting to take me up on my offer. The only catch is that they never saw the posting. They were calling for the same thing that I was offering although doing it all on their own volition. I even mentioned in my post that writing is one of my services that I provide, and the next day someone I have not spoke to in probably half a year called asking if I could write her bio for her.
Absolutely. I was happy to do so. And, I did write it for her. Then after I completed the writing I began to think about the reasoning of why this particular idea came into my head in the first place.
One of my most trusted advisors is my coach of some 10+ years. Some would say she is a life, or business coach, but I simply call her my beloved coach. Many ask me, “Why do you have (or need) a coach?”
“Why wouldn’t I have a coach” is typically my response. I equate to having a coach to the same as an athlete who has a coach. The athlete may be a great individual basketball player, for example, but it takes a coach to help develop and hone those skills while also developing the player into the frameworks of the team. Great players do not always make great teammates, and likewise, great players do not always make great teams.
My beloved coach does the same with me. She brings out the greatness in me, and how I can best integrate within the world that which works best for me. So what did she say when I told her about my 30-30 idea?
She would have liked if I would have added an additional 30, and it would look something like this: 30-30-30. The idea would then be to offer my services to 30 people in 30 days for 30 dollars. I love it!! And, her.
I also went with my intuition. By not adding a dollar value to it, I feel that I am truly being altruistic. That does not mean that I believe in the ideology that money is the root of all evil, as some suggest. On the contrary, it is my philosophy that the more resources I have available at my disposal the more I can do to make the world a better place. .
Another aspect that I want to mention is that I am completely focused on being grateful for all that I have instead of allowing my thoughts to become obsessed with a perceived lack. That coupled with practicing living void of fear and instead acting in a love based mode, by being of service to others, it is a means of achieving my goals through focusing on my thought patterns.
Have you heard someone ask you what you would do if you had no fear and the time and possibility to do anything you wanted to do? Well, that is exactly what I am doing. I may not be traveling the world, yet, or the myriad of other long-term goals that I have but what I am doing is living each and every day in intention.
Now that I have shared my intention for the next 30 days, I can tell you that my past 30 days have been spent practicing extreme self care. What is extreme self care? It is taking care of myself, first and foremost body mind and soul.
So I bought myself a bicycle and started riding. I went to my acupuncturist and received tuning fork vibration therapy. I picked up a new book that I am in the middle of reading. Found a few new favorite restaurants. I researched taking some college courses, among other things.
In the process I have gained new insight and understanding. Not with the world or anything external but merely new insight into myself and what I want to do to make the most of each and every moment. What I have learned the most lately?
- Fear is an aberration. Truth is love.
- Turn off Turn Down or Tune out the disconnect, and by disconnect I mean anything or anyone that does not resonate right here right now. (I love the saying that people will either add to and multiply your life or they will subtract and divide)
- Listen more talk less. Furthermore, the more I meditate the less I need people and/or things. That does not necessarily mean that I do not want people and/or things but need and want are two totally separate distinctions.
“There’s no greater purpose than service to others.” – Socrates (from Peaceful Warrior)