In a recent job interview, the business owner spoke about honoring her employees and clients. I love the concept of honoring and have been giving a lot of thought to how honoring myself and others fits into my life.
In many ways I already live my life with honor, though I haven’t thought of it in those terms, specifically. Starting today, I am going to be mindful of honoring myself and others, and making this a conscious practice.
To me, honoring someone means I respect and celebrate that person. It’s about accepting someone as they are and appreciating them for who they are. I don’t have to agree with them on all issues, I don’t necessarily even have to like them- but I will honor them.
When I think of honoring someone, I certainly put THINK (my favorite acronym!) to good use!
THINK doesn’t only apply to my words, it can also apply to my thoughts, my intentions, and my actions. It’s a positive and productive guide to honoring myself and others.
There are oh so many ways to honor someone, here are just a few!
01. Pay a compliment
02. Treat others with respect
03. Be understanding
04. Be patient
05. Ask questions
06. Challenge assumptions
07. Overlook mistakes
09. Show compassion
10. Celebrate accomplishments
11. Cheer someone on
14. Learn from others
15. Help others
16. Find common ground
17. Appreciate your differences
18. Accept help
19. Be open- open your heart, open your eyes, open your mind
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By the way, I got the job! I am excited not only to embark on this wonderful new opportunity, but also to continue to explore the idea of honoring and apply it to my work and my life.
How do you honor yourself? How do you honor others?Join the Conversation
You’re not a human doing, you’re a human being.
You may have noticed this little corner of the blogosphere has been quiet lately. I’ve been taking some time- time to be.
A little over a year ago I took a leap of faith and since I began this new life adventure I’ve learned a lot. Really, a lot.
After all these new lessons and new experiences I found myself thinking. And thinking. And thinking and thinking and thinking. I pondered my life and I asked myself, “what’s next?” The answer never came. I wasn’t going to think my way out of this one.
It wasn’t a conscious decision to stop trying to figure out what it all meant. I suppose I just stopped trying because I was tired of thinking much. I stopped thinking and I stopped pondering and I stopped (or paused) blogging.
As it turns out, the way out is through. I didn’t need to figure out what I’d learned and what it meant, I just needed to be.
Progress isn’t always forward motion. Now that I’m writing this out, it occurs to me that more often than not my path is revealed to me when I stop trying to figure out what’s next.
I’ve spent the last few months just being. Living my life day-to-day, not judging or questioning or planning. It was just what I needed.
Here I am, inspired once again to share this amazing life journey with you. Refreshed and renewed and taking each day as it comes.
Sure, I have ideas and goals and plans but mostly I’m just enjoying life for what it is. I’m not focusing on tomorrow, I’m reveling in today.
So I ask you, dear friends, when was the last time you stopped doing so much? Stopped planning and working and thinking? When was the last time you simply experienced your life and appreciated the ups and the downs, realizing that right here, right now, life is pretty good?
I invite you to take a moment to just be. Heck, take a day. No matter where you end up tomorrow, you only have today.Join the Conversation
What makes a kick-ass day? Is it everything going your way? It is luck? Is it everything happening according to plan- no way!
Most of the time you choose what kind of day you’re going to have. In some cases, you don’t actively choose but by not choosing you end up having a reactive day- being knocked around like a pinball against the flippers and bumpers of your life.
I’ve had a string of not-so-good, even very bad, days. It went on for weeks. I struggled and kicked and screamed and it didn’t get better. Or, I might say, it didn’t get better until I remembered I decide what kind of day I’m going to have.
With a few small positive habits I went from having a string of bad days to a string of good days. Nothing changed but me.
Start and end your day with a few simple stretches- whatever stretches feel good to you. Where are you tight and tense? Gently stretch those areas- give ‘em a little TLC.
Stretching engages you in your body and helps you be grounded within yourself. When you’re grounded and relaxed in your own body all that stuff that happens in your day is less likely to knock you around.
Start and end your day with gratitude, too. Write a short, or long, gratitude list. Think of all the things that are great!
It’s easy to focus on the bad stuff that happens to you, and gratitude helps you gain perspective, balancing the good and the bad. When you have perspective you are able to face challenges with calm and grace, and make more mindful decisions.
Respond to the world with love instead of fear. Ask yourself, “how can I be loving in this moment?” Loving not to just one individual- loving to yourself, those around you, and the world. Imagine what would it look like to relate to the world with love.
When you’re thoughts, words, and actions are motivated by fear you’re usually not making the best choices for you or anyone else. When you respond with love, you make choices you and those around you can live with.
(I know this one may feel awkward, difficult, or strange but try it, it works!)
Get a good night’s sleep, take a nap, take a break! Take care of yourself.
You’re not at your best when you’re running on empty so make sleep and rest a priority. No excuses! Do it!
Drink plenty of water- starting first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
Dehydration does a number on your body- and your mind. Even mild dehydration will affect your stress levels, and your ability to make good decisions.
At the start of your day, make a choice to have a kick-ass day. Take it a step further and tell others, “I’m gonna rock this day!”
When you set an intention everything else seems to fall into place. You have a purpose and the world will conspire to help you achieve that purpose! No, really, it’s true!Join the Conversation