April's Opportunity

Apr 10 21:00 2004 Mark Susnow Print This Article

April's ... season has its moods and flavors. Spring is a time of new optimism and in last month's letter, Planting Seeds of Spring, I wrote about planting seeds as a metaphor for possibi

April's Opportunity

Every season has its moods and flavors. Spring is a time of new optimism and in last month's letter,Guest Posting Planting Seeds of Spring, I wrote about planting seeds as a metaphor for possibilities.

April has its unique challenges and opportunities. With the usual focus on taxes, we are reminded of our relationship to money. We see our tax returns as scorecards for our financial health. In our society money equals power and security and there's a common belief that money makes the world go round. I like to think that its love that makes the world go round.

What we do with our time and what we think about defines who we are. Because of financial pressures we have increased demands on our time and less time to do what we really want. With so many people affected by today's economy and the struggle to make ends meet, thinking about ideals and values seems like a luxury. But this is precisely what we must do. If we don't reconnect with what gives our life meaning and purpose we will have nothing when the scorecard turns against us.

I do not underestimate the importance of money. Money is important, but more important is what we do and sacrifice to get it. If the pursuit of money and commerce is our main focus, we will lose sight of what our real work is on this planet and lose the ability to appreciate the little things life offers us. Until we shift our focus to consider what we need to sustain us on a soul level, we cannot begin to heal ourselves from this predicament. Only then will we find a way out.

"We make choices about how to take care of business, how to make sure we take care of our needs and the needs of our children...The question is whether or not we can let the song of our soul—our essential nature—guide those choices when fear is singing on our other ear. The question is which tune do we dance to, which piper do we pay."
The Dance, Oriah Mountain Dreamer

In our society our bank or commercial institution provides us access to either written or online statements that detail our financial health. I want to introduce you to a different type of bank ....the Bank of Well-being. Negative thinking and stress drain the account. A life with no direction and purpose, or unfulfilling relationships also depletes the account. You get the idea. When you discover the negative influences on your account, you have an opportunity to stabilize it by feeding your soul. As we nourish our souls our accounts grow and become replenished.

Knowing what is important is the first step, but taking the time for these endeavors is even more important. For many years now that first step for me is the quiet time in my morning. I have noticed a direct correlation between the quality of my morning and the quality of my day. I have created a positive morning ritual that allows me the time to nourish my spirit before I think of anything worldly....there's no need to hurry...the problems of the world will still be there. Other empowering rituals for me include music, being in nature, intimate conversations, exercise, yoga and juicing. I know you have your own rituals and as you take the time to incorporate them into your life your experience of well-being will be enhanced. The paradox is that as we take the time to expand our interest in our "bank of well-being", the value of our other bank accounts also increases.

Because we are all interconnected, as we heal ourselves we heal the planet. As we give to ourselves, we give to each other. Just taking the time to smile during the day will touch another and make a difference in their life. Just taking the time to slow down and "be in the moment" will add richness to your life.

One way of making a difference is by sharing this letter with the friends in your circle and let them know about the advantages of being on the journey.

Part of my journey has been connecting with other people around the world. My website enables me to do this and as I continue to expand and evolve it also expands and evolves. I am also expanding what is in this ezine and your suggestions are welcome.

Journey On

Mark


Mark Susnow, formerly a trial attorney for 30 years is a coach, speaker, and group facilitator. He's inspired hundreds of people to believe in themselves and to achieve their goals and dreams. Be sure to visit his website. www.inspirepossibility.com - 415.453.5016

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Mark Susnow
Mark Susnow

Mark Susnow, formerly a trial attorney for 30 years is a coach, speaker, and group facilitator. He's inspired hundreds of people to believe in themselves and to achieve their goals and dreams.

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