Thursday, August 25th, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Summer Edition #181
Russell R. Shippee
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If you are reading this around noontime today I'll be driving the golf course with my grandson for our last trip around the course and, of course, lunch, before he heads off to school for the first time.

We both have enjoyed our Thursday trips to the golf course to ride in the golf cart and see Mimi golfing. It's been a special time, a treasured time, that is ending today.

Everywhere we turn it's school. but, life itself is school, and some of the most beneficial learning is not done in the classroom. What are you learning? How are you expanding yourself? What have you read this summer? There are lots of good questions. Even some answers, too.

It also feels good to be home working on the newsletter and getting ready for the week. Planning, organizing, and scheduling makes all of us more productive and reduces stress. Knowing what we will do when and making the time for it does the trick.

How many of us watched the stock market with fear and anxiety? While, deep down, I know we are fine, I was concerned. How about you? The reality is, we are our own biggest asset, and no one can take that away from us. Let's be sure to fine tune our skills. Let's push ourselves

Celebrating 5 years of teaching and learning — I look forward to our fall series of seminars — and invite you to join us!


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"Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau

"Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.”
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"Men are disturbed not by things but the view which they hold of them."

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Who am I?

What's my life's mission? What's my purpose?

‘Know thyself’ is the message.

Know that you are not that which you think society expects of you, what others may tell you to do, or what others expect of you.

What others say and expect is more about them than about you. Society, and doing as expected by your peers, may well not be who you are.

First and foremost, we need to be true to ourselves, who we are, what we are, and why we are here. Our gut helps to guide us. We all spend a lifetime searching and changing. Our journey is ours and no one else's. Nor can we live another’s journey.

To serve others, we have to serve ourselves first. Only in serving ourselves, who and what we are, can we then help others. We are not here to change the world, but to learn and grow into who we are and help those we came to help. There are those we can and will help, and there are those that will be helped by someone else. That’s just the way it is.

Your gut guides you to your true north. Subconsciously, you already know what is right for you. What feels good? What comes naturally? What do you like to do? These are all guideposts as to who and what you are.

Me, I like to sell, and I like asking people to donate for worthy causes. I can only hope I’m good at it! Others, why they can’t and won’t ask for money. They hate it. So, they shouldn’t do it. They should do what works for them.

Who’s better than you? No one! Sure, some are better golfers, make more money, or have a higher rank in your work organization than you. But, they are not better. They have skills you don’t, and you have skills they don’t.

Some people wished they were Tiger Woods. Today, many feel fortunate that they are not Tiger Woods. That can go for almost anyone. We all have our strengths and we all have our challenges.

If you had a chance to trade your life for another’s life, and could see the future, you may well keep your own. Can you remember a time when you wished you were someone else only to see their life fall apart, and you realized how lucky you are to be you.

It’s none of your business what others say and think about you. Your business is to be yourself. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with yourself, and who you are. If so, those who matter the most to you will be comfortable with you also.

Think of someone you know who is always trying to be someone they aren’t. Well, you know they are faking it. Why would you do that? Why not be yourself?

Being yourself will attract like minded people to you and those are the people you’ll enjoy. Most of all, you being you will bring you contentment and satisfaction. Be yourself, you are already a wonderful, worthy person just as you are.