“I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore.” ~~Georgia O’Keefe
“Relax wild one. It’s not your job to be everything everyone needs. And you don’t have to be impressive to be loved. Stop trying so hard. Just show up and be real with the world. That is enough.” ~~Brooke Hampton
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” ~~Mother Teresa
#6 Life can be ordinary or it can be great.
Greatness is mine by a conscious effort.
Being present in life opens avenues that have been difficult to reach in the past and Statement #6 can be the ignition switch to embracing those ephemeral moments. For example, each winter, pelicans arrive and spend time on the river near our home. The ginormous wings are amazingly silent as they fly overhead, only making a small swish as they gracefully land in the water in search of tasty minnows. It is a breathtaking sight to behold.
Before sobriety and New Life, it would have been easy to miss the greatness in these fleeting moments. Overcome with negativity, birds of any feather would have been a reason to complain, be agitated or simply apathetic. Yet, practicing Statement #6 can stimulate a healthy level of consciousness.
Taking notice of the world we live in begins with our reading of the Statements each morning. Choosing one Statement for the week with intention directs our minds to grasp everything possible in each moment. From a pod of pelicans to giving or receiving a smile from a stranger lays a foundation to be engaged in life.
Statement #6 Tool: The last line in Statement #6 states “Savor the greatness of ordinary moments.” Take time to be present. Try a gratitude journal in the morning or evening, or both, and make full attempts at finding greatness in something ordinary. A dear family member derives heart-FULL pleasure from an often hard to find rye bread. If you would like to share any tools that you use with Statement #6, please email [email protected]
Hi 4C Women,
I’ve been writing for many years and feel so grateful to be able to share what I have learned through my own life experience and from other phenomenal women who so willingly shared their life’s recovery journey. In addition to Karen’s insightful, creative and courageous writings, was Nancy Cross. She was a beautiful example of expressing and understanding the WFS program.
Here are some questions that Nancy posed to us:
1. What do you want to keep in your life? Let’s face it, some things are working and not everything has to be thrown out. I consider this a powerful question when it comes to Statement #6.
2. What do you want to change which could also be seen as “adding”? This goes back to how you answered the first question. Knowing what you want to keep will provide knowledge for what you want to change/add to your life, creating your personal life vision.
My question would be to consider what barriers are keeping you from following through on your changes/additions?
The Seven-Ups of Life (author unknown)
1. Wake up – Decide to have a good day then seek out ways to make it so.
2. Dress Up – the best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
3. Shut Up – Say nice things and learn to listen. (I would change this to Listen Up because shut up isn’t nice.)
4. Stand Up – For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
5. Look Up – To the bigger picture. Get outside of your limited perception and consider other possibilities.
6. Reach Up – For something higher. Stretch your mind, stretch your abilities, stretch yourself.
7. Lift Up – Focus on the positive, on what’s working and on what you want in life.
Bonded in creating our personal vision of a life filled with great moments in our everyday life, Dee