See everything as though it were both the first and last time. Here you will understand the gift of life.
Life is like a board game. We play the game, we make different moves , we pick different colors, and when the game is over we put it back in the box (coffin).
And if you believe in reincarnation, we open the game again, make different moves, pick different colors and when the game is over we put it back in the box.
We open the game again and again, re-choosing and making different moves.
And it does not matter what moves we make. There is no right or wrong, at the end we close the box, put it away, and play again, if we so choose.
It matters not if we win or lose. There is nothing to lose or gain, it’s just a game. The game is infinite and has unlimited possibilities and choices. We base the game on our choices and our re-choosing. Sometimes we are the King and sometimes we are the Pawn.
They say children learn the best through play and it’s true because life IS play. We play Work, we Play House, we play Dreams.
The questions to ask are “did we have fun along the way?”, “did we play the game with passion?” “did we engage fully and embrace all that the game had to offer?”. Or did we play along as a pawn feeling that we were a victim to circumstances beyond our control?
Perhaps if we see this thing called Life as a game of creation, we would lighten up, laugh more and realize we take everything way too seriously.
Today, during a trip to the grocery store, I stopped to give a homeless man some money. He looked me in the eye and said “Thank You”. I said “You’re Welcome” with a smile on my face. In that moment I thought to myself, this guy looks familiar. My rational mind then did its thing and told me I did not know him and why it was not possible.
In the next moment I had an AH HA moment. I truly got a deeper sense of the phrase ‘we are all one’. My spiritual self believes that we are all indeed one, but even with the removal of that belief, even for a brief moment, I had a new enlightenment about this.
Often when I travel and especially in airports, I think I see people I know. I then realize that oh yes I am in a different city, state, or country, and then I realize of course I do not know that person. But wait. Do I?
Yes, perhaps I do and we all do. Perhaps we have been the Mom juggling the child on her hip and pushing another in an umbrella stroller with bags to tow also. Perhaps we have been the lady or man in the chair crying because they have just lost a loved one and are travelling to attend their funeral. Perhaps we have been travelling for a special medical appointment because we have just gotten the scariest diagnosis ever. Perhaps we have been the excited bride on her way to a beachfront wedding. Perhaps? Perhaps?
I think I know you might be some very powerful words worth reflecting on. I think I know you may induce compassion, kindness, caring and love for our fellow man, woman, and children. I think I know you could change the world if we saw it this way.
I think I know you?
For most of us, life gets so busy and we spend a lot of time doing things we don’t want to be doing, or not doing what we want to be doing.
For myself, I have an ongoing Un-Bucket list. Yep, these are things, places, experiences, etc. that I take OFF my list. This is the opposite of the ‘To-Do List’, it’s the ‘Not-To-Do List’.
For example, my spouse and I recently tried a new restaurant for a change from a regular favorite. This new restaurant is now on our Un-Bucket list. We tried it but we just did not get the same joy at this particular restaurant verses our favorite.
Both life itself and time are precious commodities. I personally never want to waste another minute doing anything that I have to trudge through. I see any time that I give up to do something, as sacred. I like to think of an hour of my life being worth a million dollars, because to me it is. I love life and participating in it.
There are others ways that I have added to my Un-Bucket list as well. I always had a dream to play the piano and when I finally had a daughter I thought my dream was about to come true. She and I would take piano lessons. Marvelous Darling! We did and I loved the music but practicing was something we had to force for both of us, and we decided to take this one off of our list. The joy factor was not great enough for either of us, but I am glad I experienced it.
It was the same for water color painting. I took an 8-evening class or so and created a nice piece, but I found myself forcing myself once again. I now know that when anything feels forced, it is not flowing for me.
Now writing I love! Social Media I love. Helping entrepreneurs and business owners with ideas to increase profits and get their messages out there, I absolutely love. It thrills me in fact. I can use my gift of creativity and expression to help others live their passions and do to good in the world. What’s not to love?
On a final note, the Life Coach in me, truly believes that it is important to try the things or experiences you wish to have. By trying them, it becomes a form of completion so that we do not get to the end of our lives and have regrets. Done that, did it, kind of thing.
My wish for all of you reading this, is that you make the time to do the things you love and that you love the things you do.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Life & Business Coach who has a passion for helping others in both Life & Business.
You can contact her at MaggieHolbik@gmail.com
Here is my water color. I do enjoy looking at it because I find it pretty and it is a constant reminder to follow my Bliss.🙂
Use your mind as a tool. Recognize that through the mind’s eye you can see and access the gate to hell or the gate to freedom. Hell, for lack of a better word, is simply being trapped in a mind that sees the pain and the negativity. Hell is comprised of focusing on the pain and the suffering and leads from a victim stand point. People can become prisoners of their own mind. It has been said that the greatest torture one can experience is to be locked away somewhere with only their own mind.
Being locked in one’s mind and trapped in negativity is like being in a cell with the bars of the cell comprised of fear and suffering.
Our mind is a tool just like money is a tool. They both can be used to build something or destroy something. We need to use our minds wisely. The easiest way to do this, is to lead with the heart and use the mind for its capacity as an orchestrator of our thoughts. Our heart is truly the orchestrator but the mind can be used as a workshop for our thoughts, helping us to create our so called realities.
The heart cannot lie, only the mind can. Ego is famous for leading the mind astray, but the heart never lies. To live in heaven or nirvana here on earth, we can ask over and over again “What would my heart say?” Does my heart lift or drop when I ask that question? This could be any question. Someone asks you to go for lunch with them? Lift or drop? Someone asks you to volunteer for something. Lift or drop?
The heart always knows. We need to listen to our hearts and use the mind to get things done. We need to be the master of our minds, leading from the heart and not the ego.
Love gives the heart a spritz of joy. When we see, focus, and bring into our site, beauty and joy, it charges our heart with more energy and expands our loving frequency. We literally become “larger than life”. So we need to get out of mind, into our heart and let the divine process flow freely.
A conversation I had with my daughter 2 days ago on the topic of my going out to my cottage and her staying at home with her Dad. It went something like this:
Me: “Mom is going to the camp tomorrow.”
Sivanna: “I don’t want you to go.”
Me: “But my soul needs it.”
Sivanna: “Can’t you tell your soul NO?”
Me: “No honey, I can’t.”
I have a new philosophy lately which involves living without regrets. It is a little tool I now use to remind me of what is important to me. It also encourages me to pursue those wants and desires. I see it as if I don’t do it, or do not follow my passion for something I want to do or experience, I may end up resentful. I understand that this will not be healthy for myself, for those in my life, and the world at large.
They say resentment is the emotion that eats away at us and I believe it to be true.
It is so so important for us to honor ourselves and our time here on earth. It is a short journey really. If we can follow our joy and be excited about life, I think that is wonderful. The more we can get excited and honor our desires, the more we spread the feeling of joy, and also allow others to follow their joy.
I am doubly glad that I am following this way of being to not only add more peace, love, joy and less resentment in my own life, but I am also teaching my daughter that her wants and desires matter and are important. To me, this is a great accomplishment as a mother and a guide for this beautiful soul.
I am away in one of my favorite cities, Duluth, Minnesota, on the shores of one of my favorite lakes, Lake Superior, and with one of my dearest and best friends, Erika.
Yesterday we had a lovely drive along this beautiful lake that is indeed Superior. It is one of the most majestic drives there is and it is enjoyed by many.
My friend and I had the pleasure of driving through the quaint little town of Grand Marais, Minnesota, and had a delightful lunch at The Angry Trout Restaurant. It was a beautiful day and our hearts were light and the day was bright!
This morning, I awoke to many wonderful messages and birthday wishes. It always feels so good to receive so much love and kindness from others. One message in particular has moved me in a profound way and inspired me to write this blog post.
It was a message from a dear friend and business partner. His words touched me in a way that made me feel that my life has been worthwhile, and that a difference has been made in the world by my presence in it. To me, that is my only desire; that I can in some way uplift, inspire and/or encourage others to live a life that inspires them, a life that is true to their soul and their soul’s calling. I was indeed grateful that his words reached me now, while I am alive, and not at the end of my life, which is when we tend to share how others have inspired or touched us in some way.
His words and sharing from his heart, open and expansive, have further fuelled my rocket ship of desire to spread more Love, Joy, and Kindness in the world. To my friend I thank you. Namaste.
To all of us, I say let us make every day and every moment a Birth-Day. Let us make it a time to rebirth ourselves anew. We are not who we were yesterday or even an hour ago. We are only who we are choosing to be, right now and in this exact moment. Choose Happiness. Choose Love! Choose to see that the world IS a friendly place. Choose to connect to the things that move your soul and call to your heart, and when you see them, share them! Touch someone else’s life by sharing these moments, by sharing your appreciations, by sharing your gifts and thank others for their gifts and how they have impacted you. Let us celebrate each other and the gift of our being in the world, co-creating and expressing our most beautiful and divine selves.
If you are reading this, I thank you for being in my life in some way. My wish for you is that you choose in this moment, that the birth of your life, is indeed worthwhile and that you grab it with Gusto and Passion…. run with it my friends, run with it.
A finale note. Tonight will be a full moon. The perfect time to start a new cycle and create anew. I found this fitting for today. I absolutely LOVE staring at the moon! For me, it is one of those moments I am referring to.
I also love this quote that was shared by The Positive Outlooks Blog….
In Love & Light,
What is the difference between people who struggle in life and/or business, and those who accelerate and advance with gusto? What stops people from fully enjoying and embracing what they do? What is that secret ingredient that makes a difference?
As a Life & Business Coach, I hear these very common questions a lot. What’s missing in my life or my work? Why am I not happy? What is this void I am feeling? Why are others successful at what they do and I am not? “Something is missing, they say”.
So what exactly is the fuel behind what we do, why we do it, and for what reason?
For many years as both a Life Coach and in leading entrepreneurs, I have seen this common thread often. Many people have the misconception that the importance is in what they do, verses why they are doing it.
So what is this secret fuel or ingredient? The answer is PASSION! Passion is the energy behind creation and doing. It is the fuel that propels us to greatness, or even to simplicity. It is something we desire. Either way, passion is an integral component to why we do what we do, whether it’s personally, or in business.
Sometimes we need to be very honest and clear about digging deep to discover the passion that already exists in the things we do. For example, perhaps you have a home based business specializing in non-toxic products and believe you are truly passionate about your products and services? Is it really the products you are passionate about? Or is it that you love you non-toxic products because you have a passion for a greener earth? Is that what truly fuels your mission?
Many times what we are doing is simply using various vehicles to fuel our passions. Vehicles we use might be: types of businesses, being a part of an organization, being a group member, volunteering, creating, art, and the list is endless.
What if we did not focus on ‘The What’ but stayed clear on the ‘Why’? When we see clearly and align with our passions, the channels open up to us, like opening floodgates! This is when the magic happens. The Universe clearly hears our message and matches our frequency. Now we can soar to great heights faster and smoother.
What is passionate to you? Is it being the maker of your own destiny? World peace? Time freedom? Animals? Feeding the hungry? Natural foods? The list is endless.
My friend Helen recently opened a raw food café called Bliss Café. Helen is passionate about food as our medicine, and passionate about sharing both the food, and her message, with others. Anyone who knows her will agree. In fact, her passion is contagious!
Would you agree that Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Julia Child, all were or are passionate? Absolutely! Passions come in all forms.
When we wake up and embrace our Passion, the magic happens. It does not matter if we are the bread maker, service provider, concrete layer, or financial wizard, as long as we are fueled by our personal passions, we will have a winning formula.
I have heard people say they don’t understand why their business is not working, or why they feel stuck. I offer to them a challenge, to truly seek out and find their underlying passions. They will then understand the ‘why’ behind what they are doing.
Perhaps you are in a transitory position, or job that is not ideal, but rather than looking at it as a chore, or a drain, see it as a very integral and important stepping stone on your journey to developing your passion. See it as leading you to the next phase of your journey which is fueled by your passion. When you see it as a stepping stone to your passion, rather than as a grind, it changes everything. It is moving you closer to your desires, not taking you away. Seeing it this way shifts everything.
The same is true in education. When we are truly interested and passionate about a subject the learning comes easy to us. There is a sweetness, and eagerness, and we want to eat it all up, just like a good book, or a great read.
Two of my passions are Nature and Beauty. So now I go out and take pictures in nature. I then share them with the world through Social Media. Am I a professional photographer? No, but I am riding on my passions and utilizing them to benefit others at the same time. Too often we get caught up in details that block our passion. As Nike says “Just Do It”.
So the next time you feel disconnected as to who you are, or why you are doing what you do, ask yourself what makes me happy? What do I love to do? What puts a spring in my step? What gets me out of bed in the morning? Then take those seeds of passion and plant them! There is no right or wrong way to do this, just get the ball rolling.
Have fun with it, listen to your heart, and enjoy!
My friend May is an amazing artist who is starting to awaken to truly embracing her gift. Today she shared with me a poem she wrote while taking an art class through Tracy Verdugo’s Mojo E-Course.
Our conversation initiated from a post I made myself the other day that was “LIFE is the canvas. YOU are the artist.”
I hope you enjoy May’s poem and art as much as I do. Thank you May for inspiring all of us by awakening to your creative and divine self. Namaste…..
Dare To Dream
Big bright beautiful dreams
Realizing that life is our canvas
We are artists each and everyone
Dare to draw, paint, sculpt, knit, sing, dance, bake or act
Rummage through torn up scraps
From someone else’s masterpiece
Trust yourself May
Like the wise old owl
It’s a new beginning
Tell your story with a loaded paintbrush
Like the old masters before us
Van Gogh, Beatrix Potter, Walt Disney
A new understanding arises…. I love playful artists and vibrant colours
Breathing in gratitude breathing out doubt
I am ready to leave my mark.