“Friday Wishes” … light and inspirations for motivation, strength and steadiness… as we’re “retrofitting” our personal foundations

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I’ve REALLY  been needing to “retrofit” my own “personal life-foundation” throughout the past few months!

I’ve been feeling a bit like I’ve been living in the midst of a “life quake”…and my “personal foundation” has felt like it’s in danger of collapsing and definitely hasn’t seemed steady or resilient  enough!

I’ve been  supporting  that much needed “foundation retrofitting”  by using a number of  resilience and well being researchers’ ideas for creating a stronger “personal foundation.”

In support of doing that, I’ve continued to reflect upon, commit to and live those ideas and  qualities on the “Well Being” checklist that I compiled last year!

And amazingly enough, using that checklist on a daily basis…and living those qualities on a daily basis… is leading to an increasing the sense of steadiness, stability, strength, motivation, connection, well being and resilience!

What a surprise…actually “living” those checklist ideas, qualities and suggestions works!

 

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Living the Mayo Clinic Resilience suggestions…
easy to understand, basic and effective!
living these qualities….as much and as often as I can…

Lady Liberty standing upon her strong, steady foundation…
encouraging and inspiring us with… her beacons of light!

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Reflecting upon, considering, understanding and committing to
living the Ryff Well Being ideas..
as much as possible,
as often as I can…

Lady Liberty, strong and steady,  encouraging and offering us…beacons of light!

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Each day, I simply review the Mayo Clinic and Ryff ideas on the Well Being Checklist.
I look at and review the other helpful, positive ideas on that checklist, too!

Each day, after doing various “activities” throughout that day, I read each checklist item and check off the qualities that I lived while doing that activity…

I’m learning so much about my deeper senses of motivation, meaning and purpose!

And I’m learning to align and realign…again and again and again…with positive, proactive, healthy qualities and outlooks… each one aligned with my own deeper values… as I’m building and retrofitting my own sense of  “life foundation”

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I started out using just the Mayo Clinic and Ryff ideas, but I’ve  expanded the list over the past year to include a greater variety of  positive, helpful, proactive ideas!  These ideas have been so helpful for me!

Throughout this past year, I had been familiarizing myself with the various checklist ideas and using and living them on a daily basis.

And then the election!  Thank goodness I was already familiar with and able to access and use these positive ideas!

And so now, I’m continuing each and every day to simply committing and re-committing… aligning and re-aligning…with the goodness and strong positive life-potential that is supported through actually living these ideas!

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Lady Liberty…standing upon her strong, stable, resilient foundation!
Inspiring and guiding us….with her beacons of light!

Seeing her standing steadily upon her strong foundation!
We’re continually able to see…Lady Liberty’s beacons of light!
Inspired by… her beacons of light!

Guided by… her beacons of light!
Strengthened by… her beacons of light!

Aligned with the ideas within….her beacons of light!
Living the inspirations and principles within….her beacons of light!
Committed to the goodness of… Lady Liberty’s beacons of light!
Living in alignment with…her beacons of light!

Mayo Clinic and Ryff suggestions and ideas…
standing upon a strong foundation…beaming out beacons of light!
Lady Liberty….guiding us along our way!

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“Friday Wishes….”

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“California Rising” … “We have become what we are by welcoming new people and new ideas.”

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“We believe in the potential of every child in our state. Every single one.”

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Link to the printable pdf copy of that art work and poster:  California Rising, Marin Community Foundation.

Marin Community Foundation, Dr. Thomas Peters President & CEO

 

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Photo of newspaper pages from the San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2017,
taped up onto our kitchen wall.

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That newspaper art and poster, hanging on our wall!

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“We believe in the potential of every child in our state. Every single one.”

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“We know that immigrants make us stronger, not weaker.”

“We have become who we are by welcoming people and new ideas.
This will never change.”

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“We are Californians.”

“And never prouder to say so.”

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How about…
“Oregon Rising”…. ???
“Washington Rising”… ???
“People all over our country rising”

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Marin Community Foundation, Dr. Thomas Peters President & CEO:

“As a life-long resident, I’ve never been more proud than now to be a Californian.

Amid the loud rhetoric and heated debate of the day, one can literally feel the upwelling of support for the human values and welcoming traditions that are the virtual watermark of our state. Anyone who knows the history of California knows that it has been the great flow of immigration that continually refreshes and revitalizes our culture, creativity and productivity.

There is no better time than the present to celebrate and defend California’s dynamic force.

That’s why we created a statement from MCF, California Rising, which you’ll see below.

As a community foundation, we are committed to doing everything we can to uphold the values and traditions that make California, California.”

 

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“Friday Wishes”…to develop my abilities to “Stop, Step back, Reflect, Transform…”

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Noticing negative thoughts, feelings or reactions….
and then….
stopping…stepping back… evaluating….reflecting…using good reasoning…transforming

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Little drops of water, little grains of sand…little deeds of kindness, little words of love…

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My mother used to recite this little poem to us, when we were little…
a special sentiment…

encouraging and nurturing kindness, generosity and love,
reminding us to nurture ourselves and each other
as we all travel through life together

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a reminder….
even during times when we’re  feeling tumbled around in turmoil,
we can take refuge in offering and receiving
little thoughts, words and deeds of kindness…
little thoughts, words and deeps of love…
little drops of water, little grains of sand
happily given….gratefully received

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happily given…gratefully received…
kindness, nurturing and love…

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This post is part of “Nurturing Thursdays” hosted at  Becca’s Given’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.  Please visit Becca’s blog to view her Nurturing Thursday post and to link to posts by other Nurturing Thursday bloggers.

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Sharing happiness with each other…. on Valentine’s Day…and every day!

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 Happy Valentine’s Day!
May we share happiness with everyone in our everyday lives!

Sharing….
kindness, appreciation, generosity, help, support and care

Showing genuine interest in….and caring about…
the well being of all people in our lives,
today… and… every day!

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Nevertheless…. SHE persisted… WE persist in all walks of our lives…walking with compassion and love…

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“Women Have a Key Role in Ensuring Global Peace”

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Encouraging excerpts from that  article:

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The whole article… quite remarkable ideas!

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Elizabeth Warren…
a determined, self confident woman in a strong leadership role…
she persisted,
she continues to persist
committed to creating a safer world…
a kinder world
a more ethical world…
a world aligned with the strength of compassion and love

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Encouraging words from the DalaiLama…
encouraging each and every one of us to walk our walks…

committed to developing our self confidence,
finding whatever “leadership” role we might find,
no matter how small or large,

working hard with an increasingly strong sense of determination…
committing to walking all of the walks of our lives…
with compassion and love

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All of the walks of our life…
so many walks!

So many walks….
sometimes on “paths” strewn with tricky roots and rocks!
so easy to stumble on any of those roots and rocks!
so easy to get discouraged…
sometimes wanting to give up and turn around,
BUT…
it’s so important to persist…
It’s so important
to commit to this walk….to re-commit to this walk…to keep going!
step…by step…by step

Walking each and every step of our walks…
walking carefully, thoughtfully and intentionally,
making a deep commitment to walking each and every step with….
compassion and love

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Neverthelessshe persists… I persist… we persist…
walking with the increasing strength, confidence and determination of ….
compassion and love

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“Friday Wishes….” …doing whatever we can….

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Inspiration from: Nkosi Johnson, 11 years old

“His big moment came in July 2000, when he addressed delegates at the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban.

A tiny figure in a shiny dark suit and sneakers, 11-year-old Nkosi Johnson held an audience of 10 000 delegates in occasionally tearful silence as he told his story.

“Care for us and accept us – we are all human beings,” he said at the conclusion of his speech. “We are normal. We have hands. We have feet. We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else. Don’t be afraid of us – we are all the same.”

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“Care for us and accept us – we are all human beings
We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else.
Don’t be afraid of us – we are all the same.”

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Doing…whatever we can…in whatever manner we can…simply offer…..

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