Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Yesterday I needed to use my social security number for something. I started to write it out and I couldn't remember it.

I couldn't remember my social security number, which I have had memorized for more than 40 years of my life.

Sure, it could simply be a little blip of the brain. I'm 50. I hear that happens. Our brains start to skip a beat a bit. Probably nothing to worry about.

But here's where that blip took me — and I think it is a really good place to be: I do not have all the time in the world.

The truth is, anything could happen at any time. That little brain blip reminded me of this. I could lose my memory, quick or slow. Everything I've stored away, all my memories and loves and dreams and stories could vanish in an instant.

I could lose a limb. I could lose people I love. I could walk out the door tomorrow and never return. Someone I love could disappear from my life.

I do not have all the time in the world.

I don't have all the time in the world to show the people I love how much I love them. I don't have all the time in the world to write books or learn to salsa. I don't have all the time in the world to laugh with my son and taste lime and go swimming in the ocean.

I do not have all the time in the world. But I have now. I have this moment, right here, smack dab in front of me. Whoops, lost it. Gone. Now I have this one. See how fast they go?

Last week I sent out an audio note I made for you about how essential it is to do what you want to do in life NOW. "

I got some great notes from folks who responded to that audio telling me about what they're doing NOW to live the life they really want. {You know who you are. Thank you!!!}

One person who wrote to me is Suzanne Apelskog. Suzanne verbalized exactly what I wanted to write about today. Here's what she said: I often think about how short life is also, not as a morbid thing, but as a reminder about the question, "Am I fully living my life the way that I would want?"

Just last week I was having a conversation with my dear friend, Patty Burgess whom I'll be introducing you to in the next couple weeks. Patty and I were sharing our ideas about why it is so important to remember that we're going to die and everyone we love is going to die. One of the biggest reasons was just what Suzanne is pointing to: when we remember we are going to die, it catapults us straight into the heart of the here and now.

It demands of us to answer the question, "Am I living the life I truly want to be living? Am I loving as much as I want to be loving? Am I intentionally creating the kinds of experiences I want with everyone I love?"

When I had that little brain blip, it brought up this question for me: "What am I waiting for?" Anything at all I want to do in this lifetime, I want to begin now. Right here, right now, while (oh-my-goodness-how-lucky-I-am) my brain is still zipping merrily along and (holy-moly-I-am-grateful) my body is vital and able.

You've likely heard poet Mary Oliver's famous lines, "Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Those aren't throwaway lines. They're lifelines.

Let's not wait. Today I'm asking myself, what's one tiny step I can take toward one of my many dreams that have been stored away for later?

I don't have all the time in the world. But I have this moment, right here, right now. Thank you for sharing it with me. Having this connection brings me to life.

What brings you to life? What step do you want to take? I'd love to hear.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The myth of "all the time in the world..."

Next time you're having a cup of tea, taking a walk, or driving across town, give a listen to this audio I made for you.

I was making a similar one for myself and got so excited that I started all over again and made one I could share!

After you listen, will you do me a favor? Email me and let me know what you think, okay?! Oh! Better yet ... email me and tell me what your cargo is!

Here's to giving our gifts away while we have time,

Sherry

 

P.S. This morning I just happened to notice something in an email from Marie Forleo: she always ends her shows, with this line, "The world needs that special gift that only you have.'"

Her Marie TV episode today just so happens to be about the process of discovering your own strengths/gifts. So if you listened to my audio and you thought, "But Sherry, I don't know what gifts I want to give away," maybe you want to give a listen to Marie's show today?

 

P.P.S. If you want to brainstorm your cargo/gifts with someone, I'd love to be that person. I offer a special coaching package, Jumpstart Juicy, just to help folks jumpstart a more juicy life full of all the stuff you want to bring into the world.

 

 





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Last week I posted a free template that you could easily download, write an appreciation on, and send to someone in your life who might need a boost or who'd appreciate some unexpected love.

It was fun to create the printable and I hoped that folks would actually try it out to see how good it feels to surprise someone that way.

I know from my own life that simply taking five or ten minutes to do something like this for someone can add a big ole sparkle to my whole day.

But guess what?

This week I got surprised.

One wonderful reader, (Pam, that's YOU!), downloaded the template, printed it out, and wrote an appreciation for me on it. She sent it off, just like that, without any explanation.

Well, when I got the envelope I was so excited. You know how we all rarely get "real mail" anymore?! Here was a handwritten envelope for me. The name on the return address looked familiar, but I couldn't place who she was.

I tore it open and when I saw what it was, I just started laughing with delight. What an absolutely wonderful surprise! The first thing I thought was, "it works! It really works." One sentence on a piece of paper literally made a huge difference in my day.

I ran out to show my son. I posted it near my computer where I would see it every day. I felt giddy every time I saw it.

Pam's thoughtful note is bringing me pinpricks of light every single time I see it.

THIS is what you can do for someone. It really takes just minutes. The effect could last a lifetime. I'm not kidding. I will keep Pam's note in a special book I have that I look through when I need a boost. I'll probably be 90 years old and still reading her note!

We all need this!

If you didn't do it last week, please try it now. All you've got to lose is about ten minutes, a single sheet of paper, and a stamp.

Don't wait. Say it now. I can tell you from my own experience (Thanks, Pam!) that it means the world to people on the receiving end of your thoughtfulness.

xo

Sherry

 

P.S. Remember how I said the name on the envelope looked familiar? I knew the sender had to be one of my readers and was happy I had her mailing address so I could write and tell her how much her note meant to me.

Then today, on a whim, I decided to follow-up with folks from my 50-50-50 Kindness Project. For months I'd wanted to thank everyone for helping make my birthday so amazing. Guess who was the first person on my list for the 50-50-50 Project? Pam! I'd sent a letter to a family member of hers who was going through a difficult time. So now the boost has come full circle back to me. I love that!

P.P.S. Here's the link for the free printable. Do it now. {Why wait?}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Sunday, March 08, 2015

I've been hearing from a lot of readers who resonate with my recent conversations on being blue. (If you missed the audio I created, you can listen to it here.)

One person who wrote to me said, "I've noticed for myself how life-saving it can be to receive messages of love and gratitude. Lately I have been depressed for a variety of reasons. And the outpouring of love on my birthday made me realize how much I need these kinds of authentic connections."

Yes, yes, yes. It is so true that we need authentic connection all the time. But especially when we're feeling down, blue, or downright depressed.

I heard a speaker the other night who underscored the importance of human connection to lift our spirits. It seems so obvious, right? But there's also even scientific evidence that we are creatures who need to connect. It's in our genes. (Yeah, I can feel that; can't you? We're social beings.)

For a long time, one of my own depression-busters has been to send cards or letters to people I love when I am feeling separate and alone. Usually there is someone in my life who is going through something difficult. I just scan my mind for who might need a little boost and then I send them an audio note or I mail them a greeting card.

These connections don't take a lot of time. In fact, I keep a stack of stamped greeting cards around so I have them handy. All I have to do is address them and write a few caring lines inside.

This is an instant pick-me-up for me. And the icing on the cake is that it hopefully makes someone else feel really loved and appreciated.

Is there someone in your life who needs a boost? Just close your eyes for a minute and let your intuition drop in the name or face of one person who might be lost, down, or grieving.

Could you spend just one minute thinking of something you love about this person, jotting it down, and sending it to them?

Listen, to make it really easy, I've created this printable for you. It's free and there's no need to do anything to get it but click and download.

Then just print it on your home printer — black/white or color ... card stock or regular ole paper— and cut the sheet in half. Save one boost card for another time and fill the other one out. Pop it in an envelope and send it off.

Don't worry about how it printed or whether you folded it or if you used the right color pen. None of that matters. It truly is the thought that counts. (I tell my son there is a reason things become cliché. Usually they are true!)

Really.

Do it.

Why wouldn't you?

I promise you this: you will feel really good inside. And whoever the recipient of this snail mail love is will also feel really good inside.

We all need more of this.

And it is simple.

Go. Now. Print, jot, send.

 

xo

Sherry

 

 

P.S. See how simple it is? You just write a couple sentences and send that LOVE out. You feel better. They feel better. (And it makes me happy, too! Triple action blues buster!) Download here.

P.P.S: Will you tell me how it goes? Leave a comment if you're on the blog. Or email me.





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hey everyone.

I really appreciate the feedback from folks who listened to last week's audio, "When you're blue."

It was great to hear from so many of you that it touched something in you and made you feel less alone.

Along those same lines, if you haven't yet watched the video on the home page of my website, I hope you'll do so now.

I share my journey from battling depression to creating a life of celebration. It'll help you understand why seeking and creating these "pinpricks of light" is so essential. (And why I talk about 'em so much!)

I love hearing from you. If you're visiting on the blog, leave a comment below. Or email me.

Seek celebration, even in the dark corners,

Sherry

 

P.S. If you haven't had a chance to listen to last week's audio, listen now! I'll give a little spoiler to say that there's a coconut in there. I especially love what one reader, Danny, saw about this: "A coconut is hard on the outside, and it can appear that there's no way to open it. But if we recognize that with some effort we can open it, and make that effort, it's worth it because of the sweetness available to us once we do. In the same way, it's worth using whatever tools we have to break through the hard shell (iron wall) of suffering because the experience of the sweetness inside is such a great reward for doing so."

Danny is so right. It is worth the effort to use whatever tools we have to break through that iron wall of suffering. Even the smallest sliver of joy can make a difference.

 

P.P.S: If you like the video on my home page, I'd be so grateful if you will scroll down to the bottom of that web page and click on "share" so others can find out about the simple practice of pinpricks of light.