Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.
by Skip Cohen
I rarely, if ever, miss a Sunday Morning Reflections, but this morning biz took over. I'm helping Larry T. with a Platypod presentation this afternoon for CanAm Expo. Then tomorrow night, I'm doing a program for the Professional Photographers of Northeast Ohio with ideas for recovery after the pandemic. However, I don't want to mess up my almost perfect track record.
I might be a little late, but I'm staying off-topic from business and marketing with a theme that's been on my mind a lot lately - listening to my heart. I'm not sure if I can blame it on Melody Beattie because coming out of the pandemic, I've been doing a lot of my own soul-searching. Like many of you, I'm trying to define my business better and strategize over what I'd like to do in the future.
My challenge is - I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!
Listen to the voice of Your Heart by Melodie Beattie.
Cultivate the art of listening to your intuition, your inner voice. This is the guidance of your heart. It's a voice that speaks differently from the one in your head. The heart whispers softly; the head prattles loudly.
The head has an agenda for our lives. It chatters away boldly, but its vision is limited. It leaves no room for the mysterious workings of the universe, nor does it take into account the side trips we need, to get where we're going, where our souls need to go. It's the voice that says, This is the way it's going to be.
The heart, the inner voice, speaks differently. Sometimes it whispers. Sometimes it pulls. Sometimes it pushes. It's spontaneous, in the present moment, and often a surprise. The heart takes into account what has to be done and the best way to do that. The heart takes emotions into account - the way things feel, the way you feel, the wisdom of your soul. The heart leads us into and through the lessons we're here to learn.
Cultivate your inner voice. Practice listening to the whispers of your heart. Practice trusting your intuition, what you really feel, what you really know. Practice until that voice is the one that you hear.
Be patient. Be gentle. Let yourself learn to hear the gentle and trustworthy words of your heart.
Here's the bottom line, we're all in search of confirmation that we're on the right path, but so often, we're searching for answers when all along they're right there in front of us...in our hearts. We just have to learn to listen.
Wishing all of you a day when your heart speaks to you, and you hear it! There's an extraordinary feeling when you know something is right. And with more people getting vaccinated, it's time to get back to those eleven-second hugs I used to write about! So, hug somebody special to you and let them know how important they are in your life.
Happy Sunday or Monday if you're on the other side of the planet.
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