A Life Well Lived

October 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Sustainable success

This week my wife’s grandmother died.  She died on her 97th birthday.  There is something poetic about going out of this life on the same date you come in, 97 years later!  It seems like a perfect circle; birth, death, and birth again into the next life.  Grandma had a keen sense humor and no doubt is enjoying this more than anyone.

Grandma lived a remarkable life in many ways.  She was married for over 60 years and then lived independently until she was 90.  She raised 6 kids, had 19 grandchildren, 47 great grand children, and 9 great-great grand children.  In the process of hanging around so long Grandma touched many lives with her love for people and enthusiasm for life.  She always had a smile and something pleasant to say and rarely complained.  Her joy was simply having people stop by to visit. She had a long prayer list and faithfully lifted up her loved ones on a daily basis.

Grandma was one of those unassuming and charming people who made a big impact on people around her and didn’t even seem to realize it.  In addition to all of her family, her legacy is one of love and laughter.  We should all aspire such success and leave such a gift.

We miss you Grandma!

Doing Well be Being Well

July 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Sustainable success

Doing Well be Being Well

“I’ve been working hard, trying to do all the right things but it’s not working.”   “I am disappointed in how my life has turned out and worse yet, my wife is disappointed in me too.”

It’s not enough to be the hardest working person in the divorce court or the one with the most toys in the graveyard.  “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”  Mark 8: 36.    Certainly you want and deserve more.

Doing well by being well is a philosophy of living life more fully; understanding that success that is sustainable and fulfilling depends on holistic wellness.  Holistic wellness includes mind, body, spirit, and relationships.  Attaining this level of wellness is not really complicated, but it is not easy to live in it consistently.  It requires insight, information, desire, discipline, adjustment, and practice.  Achieving and maintaining holistic wellness is a lifelong journey.

We can push ourselves for a while beyond what is reasonable, but we all have limits.  We have ways of coping with stress and anxiety that we learned long ago and continue to use even if they are ineffective or self-defeating.  Sooner or later something begins to break down.  During times of prolonged stress, unexpected changes, or crisis we suddenly realize that what we’ve been doing no longer works.  Our natural tendency, however, is to do more of what we know.

Coaching, and other similar types of interventions offer help and hope when you cannot see how to do things differently or don’t know what will solve the problems.  Whether dealing with a personal crisis or a business concern, coaching can offer you new perspectives, systems and processes, support, accountability, and a new community to help you find your way to new solutions.  Grow it Forward Together is one such community of people with similar concerns learning, growing, evolving together.