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Take 5 – Reflective Mental Break – Rushing Water

Take 5 photo exercises are fun reflective mental breaks designed to expand our observation, curiosity, and, creative awareness.

Ready for some fun?

Answer these questions as quickly as you can. Do not over think your response. Just capture your first thoughts that come to mind.

stuck in the moment

 

1) What was the first thing you noticed?

 

 

2) Is the water cold or warm?

 

 

3) What do you and the leaf have in common?

 

Please take a minute and share your observations about your experience.

Thank you for your contribution.

Protecting your most valuable resource

We cannot compartmentalize our lives into neat little time slots. Separation is impossible!

We are a whole human being.

We have a body.

We have a mind.

We have emotions.

They are not separate, they are ONE!

We need to seek something more loftier…a fully integrated life.

When Anne and I were going through pre-cana classes prior to getting married 17 years ago, Deacon Bill gave us some of the best advice I’ve ever received.

His advice may seem obvious to you, but I assure you its practice is among the hardest challenges.

Family FunThe advice is simple.

Take care of yourself [...]

Take 5 – Reflective Mental Break – Unique Sunset

Take 5 photo exercises are fun reflective mental breaks designed to expand our observation, curiosity, and, creative awareness.

Ready for some fun?

Answer these questions as quickly as you can. Do not over think your response. Just capture your first thoughts that come to mind.

Heart Shaped Sunset

 

1) What do you notice about this photo? What else?

 

 

2) Does this photo trigger any special memory? Where were you? Who were you with?

 

 

3) What do sunsets mean to you?

 

 

Please take a minute and share your observations about your experience.

Thank you for your contribution.

 

Take 5 – Reflective Mental Break – Wonderment

Take 5 photo exercises are fun reflective mental breaks designed to expand our observation, curiosity, and, creative awareness.

Ready for some fun?

Answer these questions as quickly as you can. Do not over think your response. Just capture your first thoughts that come to mind.

Boys wonderment

1) Describe the scene from the little boy’s point of view?

 

 

2) What expression is on his face?

 

 

3) What emotional is he feeling? Why?

 

Please take a minute and share your observations about your experience.

Thank you for your contribution.

 

Take 5 – Reflective Mental Break – Whimsical Boy

Take 5 photo exercises are fun reflective mental breaks designed to expand our observation, curiosity, and, creative awareness.

Ready for some fun?

Answer these questions as quickly as you can. Do not over think your response. Just capture your first thoughts that come to mind.

whimsical wondering

 

1) What story does this photo tell?

 

 

2) What emotion do you feel when you look at this photo?

 

 

3) How do you fit into this photo’s story?

 

 

Please take a minute and share your observations about your experience.

Thank you for your contribution.

 

Take 5 – Reflective Mental Break – Flowering Cactus

Take 5 photo exercises are fun reflective mental breaks designed to expand our observation, curiosity, and, creative awareness.

Ready for some fun?

Answer these questions as quickly as you can. Do not over think your response. Just capture your first thoughts that come to mind.

ready to blossom

1) What do you immediately notice about this photo?

 

 

2) Close your eyes for 10 seconds.  Re-open them.  What do you notice now?

 

 

3) Are you the bee, flower, or cactus in this photo?

 

 

4) Why did you choose to be (question 3 response)?

 

Please take a minute and share [...]

Finding our motivational why

What have you risked it all to get?

We love those deeply inspiring stories. Wow…those people were so courageous and brave. They threw caution at the wind and risked it all.  We secretly wish we could be more like them.

Watching deeply inspired motivation in action is a work of art. A thing of beauty.

You have your own ground shaking, heart-warming story to tell, right? 

The people in these stories are driven by a sustainable motivational why. They found what they wanted and they risked it all to get it.

The only difference between them and us is investing our time and effort to do the work required.

You’ve [...]

By |October 22nd, 2012|Action|5,062 Comments|

Find your flow

Today was a beautiful fall day here in the Nation Capital. I played hooky and spent a couple of hours hiking.

Some much-needed mental recharge and reflection time.

You see, I’ve been stuck floating along life’s path for a while now. While I enjoy comfort zone time, I’ve  grown tired of the same old same old.

Each time I’ve started to paddle harder, I’ve run into obstacles that have knocked me off my stroke into float mode. Each time, I was given an opportunity to learn a new lesson.

My floating learning experience has been invaluable and enlightening in many ways. I’ve learned many things [...]

By |October 18th, 2012|Action|5,344 Comments|

Have to…want to…get to!

I’ve spent much of my life trying to find a perfect balance between “I have to do X” and “I want to do Y.”  As a result, I’ve often denied myself an opportunity to live and really enjoy the present moment. Every activity can be viewed as have to, want to, or get to.  “Have to” energy drains the life out of us. Obligation and responsibility fills our being. We act to meet other’s expectations and not our own.  We do to do. We give a small piece of our selves away every time we choose to view an activity […]
By |December 8th, 2011|Action|5,482 Comments|

Boundless Energy

Energy gives us the fuel to take on more. To stay focused and present in the moment. To transition from one activity to another. To navigate change with greater ease. To be the best we can be.

Our personal and professional satisfaction depends on our ability to manage our energy levels.

Depleted energy levels lead us to act out, seek instant gratification, and make choices that do not support who we are or who we want to be.

When properly maintained, our bodies are efficient energy producers. They will provide all the energy required to seek personal and professional satisfaction.