Maximizing the Landmark Experiences of Your Life

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Eric closed his eyes as he rubbed his temples for what seemed likerepparttar twentieth time that hour. His life lately resembled an episode from a daytime soap opera rather than reality. A thought entered his crowded consciousness: "What is it about me that I can not have a quiet, calm, uninterrupted life?"

Sheila discussedrepparttar 124078 twists and turns throughrepparttar 124079 past decade with her new friend, Danelle, over a Mocha Java at her neighborhood coffee house. The aroma of baking bread filledrepparttar 124080 room as her hands gestured with her eyes wide. Her hearty laugh rose through repparttar 124081 room. Danelle stated simply, "Your life has been anything but dull! How do you do it?"

Sheila paused as she allowed her warm drink to fill her throat and chest. Looking contemplative, she softly said, "I would not have it any other way."

Eric Hoffer, twentieth century American social theorist said, "The remarkable thing is that it isrepparttar 124082 crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty."

Makingrepparttar 124083 most of your landmark experiences will insure your life will be both memorable and filled with meaning.

Here is how to maximize your landmark experiences:

1. Facing a landmark experience with gratitude is sure to energize it towardsrepparttar 124084 positive. Being grateful for something which onrepparttar 124085 surface looks contrary to your plan for life is highly unnatural. Perhaps THIS is why it is so effective. As ridiculous as it sounds, practicerepparttar 124086 tiniest gratitude forrepparttar 124087 situation, and grow that gratitude daily. You will notice a difference in a short period of time, guaranteed.

2. Honorrepparttar 124088 messagerepparttar 124089 landmark experience is sending you. Instead of pushing throughrepparttar 124090 time or aggressively creating a struggle, inviterepparttar 124091 experience to dance. Listen for its rhythm. Match its movements with your own. Engage it as a partner. Deciding to honor and respect your experience will bring you through it more quickly than rushing it: sort ofrepparttar 124092 tortoise andrepparttar 124093 hare race in life practice.

From Complacency to Power

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Simmering like a pot of vegetables right onrepparttar verge of a boil, Grace knew something had to change. She was stagnant, nothing was moving. People had made promises yet situations had not changed. She was frustrated. She was clearly not inrepparttar 124077 driver's seat and was tired of waiting for shifts to happen that needed to happen in order to get where she wanted to go.

In a flash of a moment, she made an important decision. Instead of allowingrepparttar 124078 anger she was feeling to turn into a quagmire of depression, she chose to be righteously angry. In doing so, she was able to steer away from her frustration and userepparttar 124079 anger to empower herself, instead. In doing so, she usedrepparttar 124080 anger as fuel instead of using her anger as quicksand.

With her main goal as her target, Grace focused on creative solutions. She was not content to stand byrepparttar 124081 sidelines anymore. She spent an hour in active contemplation, brainstorming alternative pathways to get to her target.

Inrepparttar 124082 following 15 minutes, she had a "Top 10" list of actions to take to reach her goal that she had never before considered. In another fifteen minutes, Grace had taken action, making two phone calls and written a note to three parties who could partner with her in a solution.

In 90 minutes, Grace went from being completely stuck to being onrepparttar 124083 road to freedom.

The steps she took were both simple and significant. They can also be easily applied to any challenging situation.

1. Grace noticed and accepted when things were not working. Instead of continuing to punish herself for being wrong, or not enough, she shifted her anger from frustration into action.

2. She took responsibility instead of continuing to wait for others to act responsibly.

3. When she moved into action, she carefully contemplated and sought out a variety of solutions. This way she remained open to a variety of options instead of seeing only one way to her target as she had previously. She knew this was foundational to her lack of success before, so she chose NOT to have history repeat itself.

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