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Are changes in your life coming at you so fast that you constantly have to adjust? Perhaps you love some of the changes, maybe you hate them. Love them or hate them, we all have to deal with them. When I embrace change as a gift, the positive attitude opens a door to opportunities in every facet of my life.
Haven’t you found that when you understand people, you understand their needs … and when you understand their needs, you figure out ways to help them. Isn’t that what life is all about?
The greatest value in doing something new is that it reminds us of the many possibilities in life.
Years ago, I came face to face with this Rumanian shepherd. I looked him in the eyes, and he stared back intensely, creating a powerful moment of understanding. Have you ever experienced a moment like that, understanding without words? I felt like I was not only connecting with the shepherd, but with myself. I hope when you connect with family members, friends, and even strangers, that you not only appreciate them a little more, but understand yourself a bit [...]
How can we not be delighted by the changes that every sunrise and sunset bring to the sky? Why not be equally inspired by the changes that every day brings to our lives?
Have you thought about serendipity lately? We all know that chance events can change our lives and with change comes a fear of the unknown. I now believe that by trusting serendipity, change can be embraced as a gift, the gift of an opportunity.
Where do you connect with your core values? Is it in the warm embrace of your family? The hubbub at your office? The peace found in natural places? I have found that only when I am in harmony with my core values do I bring to the world the best I have to offer.
It has been said many times, the eyes are the window into the soul. When you look into this soldiers eyes, what do you see? Do you connect with him? Haven’t you found that when you connect with people, you understand them better, understand their needs, and hopefully figure out ways to help them? Isn’t that what life is all about?
As you look back over the years, what changes have altered your life? Unwelcome changes imposed from outside? Welcome adjustments from inside? Somewhere along the line, I figured out that if I embraced all changes as a gift, opportunities could open up in every facet of my life. That simple insight has made all of the difference in my life and career. Would it make a difference in your life?