Morning IV (Inner Voice) and Why Tiger Failed.

What is your Inner Voice trying to tell you?

Do you ever encourage a conversation with your IV (Inner Voice or what some experts call the Voice of Intuition)? I do. Most often while walking in nature or writing Q&A dialogue before I fall asleep at night or first thing in the morning when I wake up.

My IV is the conduit to self-discovery and solutions to challenges; comfort when I’m experiencing fear, disappointment, or anger; appreciation when I do something well; and wise counsel that I may not want to hear but when I trust helps me live authentically with integrity and leads me to the answers I’m seeking.

This morning when I awoke at 4:48 AM, I sensed it was time for a Q&A session. After asking my IV for guidance and typing stream of consciousness on my laptop for 20 minutes, the timer chimed for me to end. I continued writing to bring closure to the conversation and heard something that equally surprised me and reminded me of something I often forget, which I’ve shared below.

Oh, I should also mention that sometimes my IV says things that initially appear to have no personal relevance (you’ll see what I mean with the Tiger Woods comment). I’ve learned to write whatever comes even if it doesn’t make sense in the moment because when I reread what I’ve written later, the Eureka Moment often arrives and I know that what I’ve heard is both a personal message for me and a Universal Truth (from my limited conscious perspective) that is so compelling I’m inspired to share it with you.

So here’s the conversation. I’d love to know what you think when you’ve finished reading, so please leave a comment or email me.

MM: I don’t want to open my eyes. It’s safer in here, where I can feel my connection to you.

IV: Tiger was not connected to himself and that was his failure. All people will fail when they lose their connection to their Inner Voice. Your Inner Voice will never lead you down a path that destroys you. Your willfulness is what destroys you when you go against what you know to be loving. It is that simple.

When your needs are suffering because you are not connected to your Inner Voice, you will make decisions that do not serve you. It is understandable, but not necessary.

Listen more, intend more, and actions will be clear. Not always easy because there are so many energies pulling you in different directions, but there is a yes or no that can be instituted quickly. And once you learn to follow that voice, and act on the answer, you will flourish.

Go practice. It leads to greatness. And you are already great in our book.

There is no one to impress. Just people and life to love.

MM: Thank you.

Whatever Tiger’s reasons for his choices, whatever the cynics say, however you view failure, the message for me is loud and clear: There is no one to impress. Just people and life to love.  How slowly I learn, how quickly I forget, how important it is I remember.

What about you? What do you think? I’d really like to hear from you. Mary


Happy Thanksgiving! The Best Question to Ask…

“If you only have one breath left, use it to say thank you.”
~ Pam Brown ~

I’m still breathing, thank you, and…thank YOU.

I wondered whether to send a Thanksgiving appreciation because I’ve always secretly thought that the main reason businesses (and people in professional services like mine) sent them was to do subtle marketing and I didn’t want to play that game or have people think that.

But then I read the quote I included above just a few minutes ago and realized I was buying into the same cynicism that my life is committed to replacing with inspiration, appreciation and enthusiasm. In an instant I remembered there is never a bad time to say thank you. Never. Ever.

So here I am, beyond grateful and deeply humbled by the remarkable, kind, loving, generous people including you, who continue to touch my life and remind me of what’s really important.

As one wise woman said to me after one of my programs, the most important thing I’ve learned is the most important question of all, “How can we love each other better right now?”

I second that emotion!

You are so good at loving me in your unique creative ways. You give me your time, you’re still on my contact list, you open my emails and answer surveys, you send me appreciation, you tell me the truth when it’s sometimes hard to hear but I need to hear it, you hire me, you listen to me at speeches, you read my books, you share your heart, you open your mind – and mine – to new possibilities. When I question myself you encourage me to keep going. You live with such grace and commitment when it’s really hard, and you keep going when it would be easier to give up. YOU inspire ME.

Thank you.

Love, whether we call it appreciation, gratitude, hugging, smiling, laughing together, crying together, holding hands, standing for each other, or just listening, Love is the ultimate Thanksgiving. Please let me know what I can do to love you better.

May you and I and all beings have many breaths and many thank you’s remaining in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, Mary