What Scares You?

This is the time of year that we get invited to high school graduation parties.  I must confess that we do not have as many as we used to since our own children have graduated already.  Each year it can be a challenge to decide on the "perfect or right" gift for the new graduate.  I want to congratulate yet also inspire this young person that has their whole world ahead of them.  Is this my job?  Probably not, but it is my intention nonetheless!

 

I have found a card that has a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt on it.  It says, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  Wow!  This is kind of awe inspiring, right?  Or - is it just scary!  How do I make changes that will really impact the world?  Is it even possible that someone like me can do that?  The more I reflected on this and thought about it the scarier it got!

 

This is what I finally decided - if I make the changes I wish to see in myself, does that not change the world?  Does this perhaps, change the world just a little bit at a time?  My answer to myself was a resounding - YES!  By making some positive changes in myself, I then affect change in the people around me.  That's my thought anyway.  So, what are some of those changes that I wish to make?

 

Of course, there are some personal things that I want to change.  How about:

1.  I would like to be more intentional about seeing my friends.  

2.  Help out my family more.

3.  Volunteer more.

4.  Exercise/get healthy 

Wait!  This is starting to sound a bit to me like New Year's resolutions.  It's not what I really had in mind.  

 

I decided to look at this a little bit differently.  Even more personally.  So I decided to make a bucket list.  Some of the things on my bucket list really scare me - like zip lining across a beautiful gorge or water or a canyon!  Even scuba diving - something I have always wanted to do - is scary.  Even more scary, however, are some of the changes I would like to see in myself.  Kind of like self-growth.

 

I have decided to take more time to meditate.  Re-think and state my own values, beliefs and intentions.  In other words, actively  participate in my own self-care or emotional well-being.  By doing that, I believe that I will then be more motivated to really pursue those things on my bucket list.  I will be more motivated to making those changes that sound like resolutions.  This will fill my own bucket which then allows me to help others fill theirs.  Since that is a true value that I hold that's exciting!  

 

Here's your challenge - What scares you most?  Be the change YOU wish to see in the world.  Excuse me now.  I must go meditate.

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