Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Future or Past? Which is it?

For your gratitude snack,this article is printed with permission from Iris Benrubi, M.A.

We are well into the New Year and if you have followed convention, you may have set some New Years Resolutions and even created goals for 2009. In my experience, people often plan what they want in the future and forget to acknowledge themselves for what they've already achieved and what they have right now in the moment. I'd
like to share with you what I am grateful for.

Over the last year I have worked with many wonderful clients. I have forged strong relationships with both of my children and have had some outstanding discussions and developed feelings of mutual trust and respect. I have strengthened my existing friendships. I have visited some wonderful places including Jordan, Israel, Paris
and Panama.

I have experienced adventure, relaxation and wonderful connections with new and wonderful people in my travels. I have revisited and reconnected with my family in Israel that I haven't seen in 29 years - of over 50 cousins, children, aunts and uncles. I have a body that never gives out and supports me through my day.
I have met a wonderful man that loves me the way I am.

I have grown and learned about myself. I have learned how to let go of the things that frustrate me and make me stressed and replaced them with acceptance and an experience inner peace. I have learned to forgive myself and love who I am (this is still a work in progress :-).

Now your turn:
What have you achieved in the last 12 months?

Who have you impacted?

What are you grateful for?

What is going well for you? These things may seem unremarkable or every day, but if you stop and look at them, they really are remarkable, wonderful daily gifts to your life.

Take 5 minutes and answer these questions. If you feel like it,email your answers to me. What you'll find is that as you focus,not on what you still want to achieve, but what you have achieved,the gifts in your life, the difference that you make, you will feel joy, contentment and a sense of calm that will help you face what could be challenging circumstances with a smile on your face. Enjoy

Simply Success, 1 Promenade Circle #302, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 4P8,

Iris Benrubi M.A.
Helping Good People Feel Great!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Grateful Reading

I am grateful for the following books and their authors:

Key to the Law of Attraction by Jack Canfield
Ask and It is Given, The Astonishing Power of Emotions, The Law of Attraction, Money and The Law of Attraction and The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent all by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Power of Now and A New Earth, both by Eckhart Tolle
My Stroke of Insight by Jille Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
The Essential Laws of Fearless Living by Guy Finley

These were many of the books I read in 2008 that brought me a greater understanding of how the world works and how I can work in the world.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 Gratitude

In 2008, I experienced many giving people and many great opportunities. My overall impression of 2008 is that more people around me were pleasant, kind, understanding, patient and forgiving.

While shopping for the holidays, I realized over and over again how many people were standing in lines without complaining or grumbling. More people reached out to help others- by steering other shoppers in the right direction, calming bored and overwhelmed children,sharing ideas and even tables in the Eatery at the mall when capacity for separate tables had been reached. I witnessed people offering change at the register to complete a transaction-even when many felt the pinch of the economy on their wallets and purses.

Through my own development this past year, I know I attracted much of what I encountered. But I also know that there must be many others doing the same thing because of the remarkable consistency in kind behavior others as well as myself experienced. Most people I spoke with about their holidays remarked at how peaceful and simply life was for a few hours or days.

I had to take time to share how much I appreciated being surrounded by tidings of comfort and joy!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Life Lessons I am grateful for

Here are some life lessons I am grateful for:

Don't step in gum.
Don't run barefoot in a dog's yard.
The more you scream, the less you hear.
Laughing is necessary.
When you think you know the most, you know the least.
Choices are reversable the second time around.
Imagination is the key to an extraordinary life.
Some lessons are given more than once, until they are learned.
Every accomplishment begins with one step.
Each life begins with a dream.
Music exists everwhere if you listen with your heart.
All we ever need is right in front of us.
When you can't find yourself, look inside.
Friends are the mirrors of our souls.
Get connected, stay connected.
A kind act is the seed of better tomorrows.
See life through a child's eyes.
We are all teachers. Be careful what you teach. Choose the lessons wisely.
Whatever you give in life comes back tenfold. Give what you want to receive.