Saturday, May 13, 2017

No Days Off


No Days Off




By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  ·  www.asipofinspiration.com


     Making positive changes in your life is a serious endeavor, never to be taken lightly.
Putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today is not only self-defeating, it also complicates your life, making it harder and harder to experience permanent, positive change.
     In this world of instant breakfast, miraculous cures, mail order brides, wonder drugs and overnight healing, we begin to believe that achieving success and changing our lives can be instantly accomplished with a set of rote prayers we rehearse daily. When we are unable to manifest change, we ask why.  After all, we said our affirmations and prayers; we asked for help with our forgiveness issues; we listened to our “positive thinking tapes”. Nonetheless, we often neglect to finish the task at hand.
     Change is never easy.  However, it is necessary if we are to survive. 
     Identifying existing weaknesses is not enough. We must take positive steps to correct all errors.  If you are having trouble relinquishing debilitating behavior patterns, come to terms with this and seek help. Perhaps, the real problem is the inability to recognize that in spite of our perfection, this world is not an island. From time to time, we all need a helping hand. This does not take away from our true nature.
     Changing your life requires honest confrontation with uncomfortable issues on a daily basis.
     Prior to taping an alternative lifestyles segment for my television show, the staff and I enjoyed an amicable relationship, but suddenly, members started to drop out. I later discovered some were uncomfortable with the topic.


     Insisting upon remaining in the places we feel the most comfortable, makes any new growth impossible.
     Not being willing to extend the same respect we expect to receive to others, regardless of race, creed and sexual orientation will build an insurmountable wall that retards prosperity and intensifies turmoil.
     Infinite Kindness uses every circumstance imaginable to highlight our growth areas.
Everything we experience has nothing to do with others; it is our lesson, our moment of truth.
     Being dedicated to your true development will lead you into many uncharted waters. It is up to you. At every point during this journey, we make choices. We choose love or fear. Choosing love guarantees we emerge a new person. Shedding behavior patterns that are no longer for our highest good, will be the hardest, most difficult road to travel, but it will by far be the most rewarding.
      Several years ago, I developed the habit of complaining. No matter what happened—good or bad—you could count on me to find the bad. I would always be the first to find the “buts” in any situation. Over time, this behavior alienated me from my good. It became impossible to attract prosperous people and/or circumstances. For years, I wondered why everything in my life was going wrong. Once I realized I was responsible for this chain of events, I vowed to change. Changing was not easy, but change I did.

Now, I am conscious of all my thoughts, every word I utter and every action I take. At times I amaze myself at all the good things I continually attract. 
     If your most inner desire is to be as the Creator sees us, there are no days off. You must begin now to polish your most prized possession—YOU.
      Dream Big!  Life the life you have imagined.
      Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne!
"Do not go gentle into that good night; find a hill worth dying for and take It; be the person you're waiting for; make today so awesome, that yesterday gets jealous and above all else do it Your way."
    

Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for helping others achieve the impossible.  She works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration”, http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com, and Ezine Articles

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Tribute to Mothers

A Tribute to Mothers


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  ·  www.asipofinspiration.com


     For centuries the month of May has been filled with continual celebrations of Motherhood.  Retailers have noted that during the last hundred years, this is the most celebrated holiday of the year.  Our guidance for Mother’s day is often traced back to the sixth commandment, Honor your Father and Mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16).  Because of this, we adorn our Mothers with gifts, flowers, and dinners.  At the end of the day, we are convinced that we have somehow, extended to our Mothers the same measure of love they have given and continue to give to us.
      Because the Bible is told in parables, we must train ourselves to find the deeper meaner of the words spoken.  The key ideas in this commandment are Motherhood, days and land.  Motherhood represents the nourishing element of Spirit, in which spiritual ideas are brought to fruition; day represents the state of mind in which intelligence dominates, understanding; land represents the consciousness of the physical body. 
     As I write this column, my mind is filled with questions, anxiety, and uncertainty.  I wonder if I ever thanked my Mother for giving me life, a sense of adventure and a love of Spirit.  While growing up, my Mother was truly Spirit embodied.  Because my Mother fervently believed in the power of positive thinking, I was constantly encouraged to step outside of what I believed possible and allow myself to “daydream” about what could become, not just what was.  Then I was challenged to “make it so.”  This allowed me to explore the magic in what would appear to be ordinary moments.  I became comfortable creating in my mind, a life filled with health, success, and prosperity.  Undoubtedly, this is one of the habits, visualization, and imagery, that created the ladder for the multiple overcomings’ and resurrections in my life. 

     As I contemplate the vast meaning of Motherhood in my life, I become cognizant that my life has been filled with a variety of people who have provided me with nourishment, guidance, and love; however, not all have been women.  Through my grandparents, aunts, cousins, uncles, friends (female and male), and my spouse, I have learned impenetrable trust, absolute honesty, unlimited joy, unquestionable friendship.  At the core of these relationships are sanctuaries where I experience unconditional love; the expectation to feel safe enough to be myself; a place where I am expected to discuss my feelings of blissful jubilation and explore any feelings of woeful dismay.  And this is just the beginning. 
     My meager benevolence of dinner, flowers, and gifts will never match the characteristics and attributes my Mother careful blended in the blueprint of my soul, for my Mother carefully constructed my life with a foundation strong enough to withstand the storms that would truly appear.  The surrogate Mothers in my life have aided in preserving my Mother’s investment, me. 
     So this Mother’s Day, I will continue to be grateful, for this is the well from which I freely drink.  I can only hope I have done half the job for my children as my Mother did for me.  To all, Happy Mother’s Day. 
     Live the life you have imagined.  Dream Big.

      Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne!


"Do not go gentle into that good night; find a hill worth dying for and take It ; be the person you're waiting for; make today so awesome, that yesterday gets jealous and above all else do it Your way."
    


Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for helping others achieve the impossible.  She works with people to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration”, http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles.  

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