Eaten up from Nose to Tail

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It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Fear sucks. I have experienced my fair share of it and, quite frankly, I can do without it. I understand that it can be a positive motivator for some folks. I get that the rush it induces in some is a welcomed side effect. I am not one of those people.

Therefore, I spend a pretty good bit of time trying to train myself to not be afraid. Sometimes it works. Too often it doesn’t. I can’t function like that.

Just trying to decide whether or not reviving TAT after all the time away was scary.

Then I recalled today’s quote and it seemed to relate.

I am curious about what I would say if I started again. I was curious if others would be interested. I was curious if even I myself would be interested. I was ate up with curiosity about what it would look like if I harnessed the energy it took to put the nouns and the verbs together in this way again.

That’s when the fuller truth in regards to the relationship between fear and curiosity made sense to me. Fear is, for the most part, just not knowing. What if? Who knows? Is it possible? What is it? How can that be? All those questions can be very, very scary (at least they are for me).

Today I am encouraged to fight fear with curiosity. If I have to experience an emotion towards the unknown, I will attempt to do that with the wonder so often displayed by children versus the paralyzation that accompanies adult sized fears. What was the last thing that sparked your curiosity? In our busy lives I have noticed it is sometimes the curious nature that takes the backseat to the tried and true. There is time to wonder and explore. And for me, knowing is a lot less scary.

 

*TAT 1/27/15

Turn Around Tuesday

Sure, it’s Wednesday. And Turn Around did happen on Tuesday for the email subscribers. Server issues and email catch up made the web issue a bit delayed…but, without further ado…

“Other people have accomplished what I want to do. Not all of those people had talent or credentials. And surely they also started somewhere. They weren’t born into it. They had to follow a path just like everyone else. They found a way. I can find a way too.”

– Karen Lynch, Live the Power

I feel tempted to just let today’s quote stand there all by itself. I mean, really, what else is there to say? In fact, let’s all stop a minute and read it again.

Awesome isn’t it? And I will comment – partly because it will feel like a cop out if I don’t and mainly because there is a facet I would like to emphasize.

The above statement is not just true for everybody else – IT IS TRUE FOR YOU. I am not a betting woman. If I were, I would put lunch on the fact that I have more than one person reading this right now saying, “If only this was true for me.” IT IS!

For some bizarre reason, we get this notion in our head – and worse, in our heart – that we are some how less capable, less creative, less whatever than what we are. We buy into the idea that wonderful things and big dreams are totally possible – for other people. But, for ourselves, the other shoe will always drop and is targeted right on our project.

These thoughts are the cornerstone of self sabotage. More importantly – they are not true. It is a hard feat to remove these ideas from our process. But, it can be done and figuring out how should be pretty high on your “things to do.”

Today, I want to encourage you believe in yourself. If that step is too big from where you are now, then start a bit smaller. At the very least, scold negative thoughts. You are better than you give yourself credit for. You are just the kind of person big dreams were made for.

When the server and the pollen crash!

It has been an interesting couple of days that most of you don’t know a thing about.

Morgan turned a year old and we are into our one week of the year when the babies are the same age!

The babies’ birthday party is this weekend and that is a fun time to get ready for.

The pollen count has been way up and has decided that my face is the perfect place to land.

But, there is no blog, no return email, no nothing – because the server my website is out of commission. That is where the site, the blogs, and the email live. Lucky for me, it is different than the one used for Turn Around Tuesday.

Until the situation is rectified, thanks so much for your patience. When it is solved, thanks for it again while I wade through days of emails!

Today’s quote was found at Live the Power via Successful Blog

Turn Around Tuesday

“The one constant problem with office politics is that 1) most people start the conflict themselves without realizing it and 2) most people don’t realize that they are involved in a game until it is too late. ” – Timothy Johnson, Iowa Biz

I really don’t like conflict. It is uncomfortable to me and I would prefer resolve a situation sooner rather than later. But that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally create it.

Don’t misunderstand me – I am not a drama fan and don’t intentional create conflict. However, it happens none the less. It is the law of unintended consequences – action you take may have results that you had not considered or desired.

And, of course, there are those that thrive on a good dose of discontent. Not my cup of tea. I steer clear of them when I can and get the job done quick when I can’t.

Therefore, reality states that conflict is darn near inevitable. We all must deal with it. More importantly, we must be prepared to bite the bullet and take responsibility when it is created by our own doings.

Today I want to encourage you know yourself. Understand that there are three sides to every story. Know that when conflict arises, the only part of the equation you can control is you. Life is far to short to dwell in the uneasy.

It’s Toastmasters Ya’ll

When I was stationed in Chicago, I had the opportunity to participate in Toastmasters. Once I moved back home, the clubs available were not conducive to my schedule. What is one to do?

Wrangle up a group of friends and start your own! That is just what we have done in Richmond Hill. We are hoping you will come out and join us.

Our group has not officially chartered and we are looking for folks to fill some important slots. Never done Toastmasters? Don’t worry – neither have many of our new members!

Meetings are held every Monday morning, 8:30am at Magnolia Manor. Feel free to contact me if you need any further information. I’ll even tell you how we got out name!

Today’s quote was found at the collaborative blog Iowa Biz

Turn Around Tuesday

“So it’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.” – Athol Kay, Realtor, blogger, photographer

Today’s social media community driven by high powered technology has made the world a much smaller place. We can connect, conference and do business with people from all over the world from the comforts of our own home. Create some travel plans and you can do it in person.

If this smallness does nothing else, it creates choice. Choice in who to interact with personally and who to do business with professionally. With all this choice, the particular product or service is no longer the selling point – the person behind it is.

This translates into a surge of networking venues – shaking hands, passing cards, and “getting your name out there.” However, your name is just like your product or service – not so much important when compared to the person behind it.

It is easy to get wrapped up in the process of meeting “the person to know.” Whether you are in a new town or the place you grew up, there is always talk of “the person you need to connect with. While this may be true, don’t ever forget that sentence has a follow up thought – “And needs to connect with you.”

Today I encourage you to remember the truth in “quality, not quantity,” and recognize how it applies to your relationships. When someone gets to know the wonderful person you are, your name won’t be a problem. Remember – when you are out meeting “the people to know,” you are one of those people yourself.

Pink Cadillac for a Good Cause

Savannah AMBUCS is gearing up to host their 31st annual Cadillac Party. While the party may not be until February 2nd – the the preparation time is now.

For those who haven’t heard, AMBUCS is a service organization dedicated to “creating independence and opportunities for people with disabilities.”

You can find out more about AMBUCS and the Cadillac Party on the web.

Donations, tickets, sponsorship and all other offers of assistance are greatly appreciated. You can ask questions about or provide any of these things by calling Alchemy of Savannah.

On a side note – I will be UnFacilitating the Working Mommy Blogger Breakout Session with Ginger Heidel at BlogSavannah UnConference ’08. Registration is free on the website.

Today’s quote was found at Athol Kay’s RE Agent