Beauty surrounds us

I don’t think I’ve ever experience the beauty of fall as I am this year. And I don’t think fall has gotten more beautiful – I think the change is in me. I’ve never been so aware, never taken the time, to look, to see the colors, the contrast, the smell, the vibrancy. The energy!fall love 1
I’ve become better calibrated. It’s like I’ve been fine tuned. My senses are functioning, on a whole new level. Whole heartedly.
I notice. I take it in. All of it.
For the first time, it feels as if I fully n o t i c e all the beauty that surrounds me.fall love 4

It’s been there before. Of that I am certain.
But it was never a part of my reality, in the way it is this year.
Because this year, my eyes have opened.
They take it all in, all that is, and always has been.
The texture, colors, smells, movement.
Wind. Sunshine. Dark clouds.
The heaven and earth.
fall love 5The withered hops in the allotment.
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The horse chestnut leaves, glowing orange.fall love 7

The black walnut tree. The bark, the lichen, the leaves. And the fruits!fall love 6

The last holly hock, smiling at me, as I pass it. I have to stop. I ask if I may take its portrait. Of course, it tells me, smiling.
I smile back.fall love 3

It feels as if a view has lifted off my eyes. And my heart.
As I take it all in, I can feel myself expand, my awareness, love and gratitude for the beauty of the world fill me up, every cell of me.

I love it.
See it.
And live it.

Do you notice the beauty that surround you?

Be – Do – Have

Just listened to Tom Ziglar, the son of Zig Ziglar, talk about one of the concepts his father coined, the concept of Be – Do – Have, as stated in this quote:

“You’ve got to be before you can do, and do before you can have.” – Zig Ziglar

The idea is, that you’ve got to figure out who you want to Be before you Do. Once you know who you are Being, it’s time to start to figure out how to Do in a way that matches your Being. Take action from there, and once you Do from that place of Being, you will Have what you want and need.

Or so the theory goes anyway. And you know what, I kind of like that. Being grounded in who I am, how I want to show up in the world. Then anchoring all my actions in that, or at least try to. And you know what, the person I want to Be is a kind person, so whenever I stumble and fall in Doing, which I do all the time, I try to be gentle with myself. For me, that’s important, as that wasn’t part of who I used to be.


What do you want to Have?
What do you have to Do to get what you want to Have?
Who do you have to Be in order to Do that which will get you what you want to Have?

Where will you place your focus?

Be your best you

Someone rubs you the wrong way. Or annoys the heck out of you. Makes you feel inferior. Or is cold as ice regardless of how loving you try to be, so you say Sod it and start to act less lovingly towards them.

Know the feeling? Been there?

I have.

But lately, I try to be my best me, regardless. Give it some thought, please. Think about the person you want to be. For you. And for others, someone specific or just people in general.

And then think about what is says about you, if you refrain from being your best you because of what someone else is doing or not doing, saying or not saying, how somewhat is acting or not acting.

And I mean really consider this. Why would you let someone else be the driver for who and how you chose to be in the world?

Best youIsn’t that really just absurd? Letting someone else, whose behaviour and action, whose words and reactions, you cannot in any way control or even influence, be the determining factor for your behaviour and action, your words and reactions? It just doesn’t make sense to me anymore. And I guess, giggling a little to myself now that I think about it, that it never did make sense, but I just never thought to question it. It was the way I believed the world was, outside/in, and now that I know that it’s inside/out, there is no sense to it whatsoever.

So really really think about who you are and how you are when you are your very best self. And then, speaking from personal experience, I encourage you to be your best self. Try it out. It’s amazing what changes it evokes, for me at least, and for those around me.

And yup, I fail. Fall flat on my face. It happens often. I behave, act, speak in suboptimal me-ways. But I would be doing that anyway. So why not be more conscious about trying to be my best me, as much as I can? For me, now, that is where I am coming from. I want to be my best me. Because that’s the me I want to be. Not because I want others to like me. Not because I need appreciation from others. Not because I think I’ll get more friends or success that way.

I want to be my best me simply because that’s the person I want to be.

Who and how are you when you are your best you?