As I speak on this topic of SerenDestiny and There Is No Present Like the Time – program participants have asked if I would feature my favorite lessons-learned on this site so they can share them with friends, family members, fellow employees and association members.
Consider it done. Here they are, and I hope you’ll check back as I add others.
Last spring, while in NYC, I met with my literary agent to discuss a book about the adventures and insights from my Year by the Water. After describing it, she said, “Oh, so this book is about how we can change at any age.”
Wow. I never thought of that way, but as soon as she said it, I knew she was right.
I’m in the midst of another change right now. After eighteen months of traveling around the country, I’ve been driving through spectacular country today. Can you say UtAAHH ….? A gas station owner told me it’s stormed every weekend since Christmas, so to be able to experience these stunning mountain passes on clear, sunny days with no ice on the road is a real treat.
My destination today? The home of my son Tom, his wife Patty, their son Mateo and their brand new baby daughter Natalia. I’ll be there in Boulder the next 6 months ,.. and then in NYC for the gift of being with Andrew and Miki as they welcome their new baby into the world.
Yes, I’ll still be speaking around the country, coaching/consulting and getting my book based on my Year by the Water adventures and insights out into the world; however I’ll also be … Gramma Sam.
I believe one of life’s greatest blessings is to have a family who wants you around. So when Tom, Patty, Andrew and Miki invited me to come spend time with them, not for a short visit, but to become part of the fabric of their lives; my answer was a heartfelt, grateful YES.
One of my favorite quotes is from Jeff Bezos who says, “The only danger is not to evolve.”
Let’s re-frame that. Every day we receive an invitation to evolve. I’m accepting and embracing that invitation. I am setting the next chapter of my SerenDestiny in motion.
What is SerenDestiny? It is leading a life where the light is on in our eyes.
I’ve been studying, writing and speaking about this topic for the past ten years (I even gave a TEDx talk on it)
My definition of SerenDestiny – and my approach to this topic on this site – has evolved a lot since I gave that talk. (I’ve evolved too. Shed a lot of weight AND the hat:-)
One of the many things I’ve learned is that SerenDestiny is so much more than honoring and acting on our hunches and happy accidents.
SerenDestiny is no accident. The SerenDestiny ball is on our court. We have the ability to set our SerenDestiny in motion on a daily basis. We do it every time we align with a congruent person, every time we say yes to an exciting opportunity, every time we listen to our gut and act on what it’s telling us to do
Another thing I’ve learned? SerenDestiny is not one and done. It is a dynamic, always-evolving process.
What puts the light on in your eyes? Getting outside in nature? Spending time with someone who makes you laugh? Writing? Playing music? Playing in a sports league? Traveling? Trying a new restaurant? Going to a concert or book-reading by a favorite artist?
How can you embrace the invitation to evolve and do something that causes you to like yourself and your life this week?
Please understand, It doesn’t have to a big thing; it just needs to be something. Some people think we have to make major changes to make a major difference. Not so. Little changes can have major impact.
So what is one thing you’re going to start, stop or do differently today?
Remember, one thing is better than nothing. A life we love is often one small change away. And it doesn’t take courage to do it – it just takes DOING IT.