January 21, 2009

How Might a Promise Like that Change a Life?

published this at 7:11 pm



What if you took yourself seriously?

What if for just one week you

What if you made a promise, swore to keep it, and only told it to yourself?

Would you take an extreme challenge to treat yourself as the best you — not the one you take for granted. Have you done so already?

How might a promise like that change a life?

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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14 Comments to “How Might a Promise Like that Change a Life?”

  1. January 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    Todd Jordan said

    I need to make that promise to myself. I’ve been working hard lately and getting good feedback, so why do I let myself feel like I’m not there yet?

    Great suggestion. Thanks for making me think.
    Tojosan

  2. January 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    Richard Reeve said

    Mesmerizing photo choice Liz for this reflection. The challenge to lift ourselves out of our limitations is not so much to deny the actual weaknesses, but to learn how not to become anchored to them.
    So much of my own path lately has emerged because I dared to act out of the place of my deepest desires, an image of myself that I did not fully believe to be possible. Once I was able to admit the desire, then the path to achieve it quite simply appeared before me, and amazing folks like you and Chris, Kathryn and Jay,Laura,Henie,Detlef,Susan,Amy,Jeb,Ben Zoe, Chas and Mary-Frances all started appearing. I simply needed to take the blinders off. It’s been real work, but work tied to a vision, so there is always plenty of fuel in the tank…

  3. January 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    Christa M. Miller said

    I’m getting there. :) Like Richard, I too have been on a path of following my heart and my gut, though I’ll admit it started with amazing people as well as leading to them.

    I’m not sure what it says that it took someone else’s belief in me to get me going – someone who started as a professional contact and then became a friend. Maybe that’s one of the weaknesses I just have to learn to accept, and move forward from there? :)

  4. January 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hey Todd,
    I figure I’ve only got so much future left and I want to be the future me NOW!! What about you? :)

  5. January 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Richard,
    The whole time I was putting this one together I kept thinking what are you doing? you should save this for Friday … you’ve already had two posts up on the site today.

    But it wanted to be posted, and I wanted to let go of the idea that other things should decide when I write what I think and feel.

  6. January 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Christa!
    You’re like the kid who learns to swim in a day because she always knew how. If anyone was a natural it’s you. :)

  7. January 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    Richard Reeve said

    Liz,
    That is very cool…sometimes the creative well needs to flow at a rate that can surprise and even scare us. I’ve been paddling furiously trying to keep up with the flow over in my corner today, then I notice Mr. Brogan has been sending out missives like there’s no tomorrow…the story is always bigger than us and sometimes the story will go where (and when) the story wants to go…perhaps this is some after the inauguration updraft?

  8. January 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    --Deb said

    Yes! Yes, we can!

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