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Monday Thoughts 11/18/2019

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”  ~~Maya Angelou

“Your morning sets up the success of your day.  So many people wake up and immediately check text messages, emails, and social media.  I use my first hour awake for my morning routine of breakfast and meditation to prepare myself.”  ~~Caroline Ghosn

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”  ~~Mike Murdock
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#8 The fundamental object of life is emotional and spiritual growth.

Daily I put my life into a proper order, knowing which are the priorities.
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Statement #8 can feel confusing at times, and it might be that one Statement that you’re not sure what to do with.  Sure, it’s easy to read or state out loud, yet action into this empowering Statement can feel uncertain at times.

Did you ever feel that you knew it all?  I did.  When graduating high school, it felt like once I crossed that stage with diploma in hand, life would be a piece of cake.  After all, I was now officially an adult.  Often or thinking that “I got this! ”..….yet I didn’t.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  Today, thanks to WFS and Statement #8, I understand differently and am open to growth. Every day is a new opportunity to learn.

Beginning each day with the mindset of growth as a result is empowering.  It removes the constrains of rigidity and know-it-all-isms.  It also took the heavy weight off me that I had placed on myself as well as what others had decided for me.  This was and still is incredibly freeing!  With growth as the object of life, as it states in our WFS Program booklet, “Emotional and spiritual growth is the essence of a New Life.”

Hugzzz

Karen
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Hi 4C Women,

I took part in a class that had Priorities as one of the topics.  As I listened and learned, I realized that this was something I wanted to share with the women in WFS.  I was fortunate to receive the printout from the woman who led this part of the class.  So, here are a few things I learned and hope they will be a guide in helping you determine your authentic priority in YOUR life:

We have the freedom and ability to make decisions about our lives and the direction in which we wish them to go. In other words, we can establish our own priorities.  We are not limited to reacting instinctively to our surroundings; we have the power to exercise control over our lives.  This is an incredible power and if we want to make the most of our lives, to realize our potential, we need to use it consciously and wisely.

What is a priority?

Simply put, a priority is something of leading importance in your life.

A priority is what you live for, what gives focus to your life.

A priority is the shaping value around which the rest of your life tends to be ordered, for better or worse.

A priority is whatever has first claim on your time, energy and resources.

A priority is something you consistently prefer to (or feel you must) do, have, worked toward, think about or spend money on.

A priority can be consciously chosen or It can be set for us by outside circumstances.

Now think about your priorities in general.  Which is your number one priority?  After you answer that, determine if it is an authentic priority.

Authentic priority is:

Consciously chosen

Gives your life purpose, direction and meaning

Gives you enthusiasm, energy and motivation

Frees you from the forces of circumstance, expectation and habit, giving you a way to stay on the course you’ve chosen

Is realistic and attainable as an unrealistic priority will lead to frustration and disappointment

To determine if your priority is authentic but not quite sure, answer these last 3 questions:
Time: What do I spend my time thinking about?

Money: How do I spend my money?

Energy: How do I spend my energy?

I thought about my priorities and these questions helped me so much in thinking about how I spend my time, what causes or people I support financially and where I spend most of my energy.  It all goes back, for me, to what an authentic priority is and answering those questions, was a real eye opener.  I hope you are able to give serious consideration to the questions and most importantly, to your answers.

Bonded is setting priorities that support your life’s purpose and meaning, a 4C sister

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