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Friday, September 12, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Sept 12 - Leave Your Mark

"If you're here four more years or four more weeks, you're here right now. I think when you're somewhere, you ought to be there. It's not about how long you stay in a place, it's about what you do while you're there, and when you go, is that place any better for your having been there?"

- Karen Hall and Jerry Stahl

- Pic by Adrian Luhowy

I have told you before that I believe that if we are sharing moments here each day, you are a unique person. One who has an interest in the depths of who you are. Many of us do not realize that life rolls along, and we are not leaving our own distinguishing mark that we all undoubtedly can.

You are unique, and I believe, Unlimited.

You have a signature. It is my wish that each of us finds it, sees it and leaves it wherever we touch so that everyone else gets the benefit of the best we have to share.

Working on leaving my mark, and hoping to encounter many of yours along the way,

Good Morning.

Pierre Couturier

Author - "All She Is..."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Sept 11 - Yesterday

Often in a moment, like many of you today, we may find ourselves reflecting on a point in time that has come, and gone.

If you were to put all of our thoughts together as we ponder the then and now, we would be in unison like a choir as our thoughts rang out the chorus of
"If Only I knew then, what I know now. How things could be so much different."

This day represents a great deal to a great many. Not to make light of that, but I realized that each day of the past has a great meaning to many - and so it is with that thought that I say we should surely acknowledge those moments; those days gone by.

But in that acknowledgement, let us find the strength to release the burden of regret, and unchain the weights of "What If".

This moment right now still waits to be sculpted. Our clay from our yesterdays is now stone. We can look upon it, and know what each line of the sculpture means and represents ... and it is our duty to ourselves and to all components of yesterday that we hold dear, to carry forward that knowledge, to take that and to shape each day with what you know now.

What you know now is a strength for this moment, so that you can build stronger all those to come.

Good morning.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Sept 10 - Parallel Lessons

I had thought of finding some awe inspiring quote this morning to just poke the bear of your thoughts so as to wake some inspiration from hibernation. The desired effect being that you are still running around at about 10 a.m. on some inspired train of thought.

Nothing sprang to me.

However, in running around I stumbled across a realization. Not a new one; and maybe that is why it stuck with me this morning.

We often are not fully aware of how we can parallel many of the little lesson "encounters" we have in our lives. For example, this last weekend I was very happy to find out that a member of our family, a teacher, has used my book, "All She Is...", in her classroom. I am not fully aware of exactly how yet but in some interpretive study of poetry, and she commented on the responses she has been getting. How thrilled I was and honored that she found some value in something I created to use with her students. I felt recognized, and I felt good about what I had accomplished.

In going over this thought on the drive home, I was jumping from one thought to the next until I recalled that at work, part of our companies recognition program is an employee satisfaction survey. One of the questions is if you have been recognized somehow in the last 7 days from someone at work for the job you do. Have you received recognition in the last 7 days.

I felt I had just received that for my personal life thru someone using my book for a greater good. And I tripped over the parallel opportunity.

Have I recognized someone in my life recently ? Have I expressed care and gratitude for their efforts of any kind and have I mentioned that they are in our thoughts or we wish them well or good luck with something they are tackling.

I was given a gift that something I had created had value that could be shared.
I recognized how I felt from that.
And another lesson from a different part of my life reminded me to share the feeling by giving it away the same way, our friend and family, the teacher, had done for me.
Parallels in the lessons are all around us.
Like inspiration that finds you anywhere, we just need to be gracious and ready to open a door to opportunity of all kinds.

Good morning, and may someone hear from you today, in a way that inspires them to voice to another, some value they possess. And then let the world wonder on the mystery of why so many people are having a good day.

Pierre Couturier

Monday, September 8, 2008

Awaken Your Day - Sept 8 - An Open Moment

Life has a fun way sometimes of reminding us to gear down, and be in the moment.

Being Monday, we can move forward and embrace a new day and all it means for the week, for our momentum or for our energy level right now.
Or, if you really want, you can reflect on the weekend, and dwell on what you did not get done versus what you did, and let that stall you out at the starting line.

I awoke this morning to the realization that I did not become financially rich in the last two days. My home business did not see alot of activity from me and thus, no email this morning that says I can expect great cheques in the mail.

But I did awake to the knowledge that I had a good, stress free sleep.
I recapped all that we did gain and share this weekend with assorted moments shared with friends and family. I remembered the lack of complaining thru the weekend and how that was not weighing on me or my health like the morning after a whole chocolate cake to yourself.

I thought for a moment that at work, my desk is clean, my mind is clean, I am refreshed and low and behold, just like all the books say - my to do list is right there where I left it - and the world did not stop.

I have a fresh start this morning, on my week. I have good feelings to embrace and step confidently on to the starting line.

I have an Open Moment, free of regret or feelings of despair.
Insert - Opportunity Monday.

I think I will make this a day to remember - because I can.

Good Morning

Pierre Couturier
Author - "All She Is..."
CEO, Prosperity Designers Inc.
Opportunity Explorer
Success is Yours - Take it, and I can show you how.