Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath oh Fresh Air

Think Left and Right: Are You “Youer than You”?

on August 4, 2017

Last week, I themed my yoga class around Dr. Seuss’ #1 Life Lesson: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

suess 1After introducing this theme, I asked the class to think about 2 things:

  1. What is your favorite thing about you?
  2. What are you doing when you are at your strongest self?

Now – I need to come clean – asking these questions were actually not part of my plan. I was going to go the traditional route of embracing and enjoying the person that you are (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). But (I am so glad that) they did come out of my mouth; some part of me must have known that someone(s) needed to think on these thoughts. No doubt – these are BIG questions – on or off of a yoga mat. And I realized (and keep realizing, hence the blog post) that these questions offered a new side to Dr. Seuss’ lesson. And I LOVE new sides. low and high

So – let’s go there:

What is your favorite thing about you?

When we identify our favorite things about ourselves (let’s call them our favorite features for fun), whether it be a quality, a skill, or a role we play, we can act on our awareness and integrate this favorite into as many of our sides and situations as possible. This makes more great for us, and it creates the opportunity to give more great to our others. Win-win! This supports my (and many’s) favorite approach to life, which is that we have our obligation to inspire each other. We do this by always trying to be and share our best selves. If we don’t share our favorite features with the world every chance we get, then we aren’t really doing our part, because your “youer you” could (should!) motivate mine. Writing (about what I do, the way I do) is one of my own favorite features. I share this for the chance to connect and inspire someone(s) to start / continue on their own path to their better than their day before. I share hoping others will take away. And my opportunity to take away comes when others share. We each choose a part to play in life’s chain reaction; freeing our favorites keeps the reactions paying forward. This is the kind of reciprocal relationship that can make our world g[r]o[w] round.

What are you doing when you feel that you are at your strongest self?

This question was inspired by the concept of being your strongest-self… I learned (and now live) this lesson from Marcus Buckingham, from his book called Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women do Differently. This book served as a catalyst in my life(style) change(s) and continues to guide me on my mission to be better than my day before. Buckingham introduced me to my “strong-moments”. These are times in our lives where we are energized by the situation we are in – think of being so in the zone that you don’t notice time passing. I know that my “strong-moments” happen when I am creating, coaching, and or am deeply connecting with someone. When my life feels off, doing any of these things snaps me back to myself, putting me back in a position of strength. And what Buckingham is saying and I am (doing!) relaying – is that we can create more of these moments if we identify when in the past we have experienced them. Setting our stages to have more of these “strong-moments” should (could…!) be our focus.

So, getting back to the questions at hand:

  1. What is your favorite thing about you?
  2. What are you doing when you are at your strongest self?

It took me time to find my answers, so if you can’t answer them now, that makes sense. But I encourage you to ponder and push and explore yourself deeper.

We own this, but we also owe this.

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Could you (would you?) answer these on the spot?

(And in my best Dr. Seuss: If you are aware, then you must care; so share with us your truths – do you dare?)  

 

(It was hard to stop my deep dive into Lake Buckingham; but you should (could…!) learn more here.)

REFERENCE

Buckingham, Marcus. (11.28.2009). What The Happiest And Most Successful Women Do Differently. Huffpost. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcus-buckingham/what-the-happiest-and-mos_b_301406.html on 8.4.17.

 

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