WELCOME to my first blog! I am excited that you have joined me in this great adventure we call Life. Hopefully we will walk together and journey to discover wonderous things about ourselves and each other. In my professional life, I am a motivational speaker and transformation agent. “What does that mean?” I am often asked. Well, I work with groups and individuals to achieve their highest potential and be transformed into the people they were meant to be, professionally and spiritually.
I end all posts with this phrase, Be well and Be transformed. For me, being transformed is being well. Webster defines transform as “to change the outward form or appearance of : to change in character or condition : convert.”
Transformation is spiritual, physical, and emotional. As we grow, we change, we become the person we are meant to be – our BEST selves. For me, to not grow and change is to stagnate and eventually die. Maybe not physically, but emotionally and spiritually for sure.
Someone I respect and admire tells me that moving one rock can change the entire course of a river. Thus, one small action can change the entire course of my life. How exciting! Life can be a great adventure, if you let it. We have the freedom to choose our attitude each and every morning. We have the freedom to choose our thoughts and in turn choose our actions. If we continue to make the same choices day after day, we will obtain the same results. In turn, making one small change each day, or each week or even each month, can change our lives forever.
Let me share with you my most recent experience as an example. Beginning late last spring, I was experiencing great pain in my shoulders and upper arms. At first I thought I was just sleeping in a bad position. Gradually the pain worsened and eventually, by Thanksgiving, I could not move my arms above my waist. I could not get dressed without great difficulty and even needed assistance putting on my coat. Now I live alone so you can imagine how normal everyday tasks became monumental challenges. I did nothing to address the issue – continuing to do the same thing day in and day out. No changes.
Meanwhile, I was experiencing tremendous emotional pain in my personal life. Relationship and family issues arose which broke my heart and I was unwilling to accept these situations. I denied, deluded myself and even fantasized about what my life should be – not what it actually was.
Finally, in December, on the advice of my dear brother who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, I visited an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed me with “frozen shoulder” – evidently a common occurrence. The remedy, physical therapy – at least three months, three times each week. OMG!
I knew then I HAD to make a change – and change I did. Being the person I am, I of course had to “Google” “frozen shoulder” and devour everything on the internet and in Barnes and Noble about this condition. Funny thing I discovered, this condition can have emotional/spiritual root causes. Imagine that! One passage I read specifically referenced “frozen emotions” as one of the causes. That hit me hard. That’s when I realized I was in fact frozen emotionally and spiritually and I needed to change – to be transformed. It was time for me to ACCEPT what had happened in my life – embrace those experiences and lessons, and use them to become an even better person. I needed to change.
I became petrified at first. Never in my life have I experienced such fear. Letting go of what was comfortable, albeit extremely painful, was terrifying for me. Yet, as my spiritual beliefs teach me, have faith in Big G (God, Great Spirit, Great Creator, Buddha, etc.) and everything will work out. For if we have faith, there is no room for fear. So, to the physical therapist I went……and I started a new daily routine. New food plan, new prayer and meditation and new attitude.
Being the overachiever that I am, when I make up my mind to do something, I do it to the nth degree as my father used to say. I tend to go a little overboard. However, in this case, I needed more of a drastic change, because the quality of my life was at an all time low. The type of change I needed happens from the inside out, and I needed Big G.
I am happy to report that after only two months, I am being TRANSFORMED! My range of motion is almost back to 100% when it was less than 20% two months ago. My body is healthier than it has been in years, I have more energy, sleep better and my connection to Big G is constant and strong. What more could anyone need or want????
My challenge to you is to make one small change today to become the best person you can be – the person you would choose as a best friend or partner in life. Guys, open the door for the woman walking in front of or behind you. Say please, thank you, and you’re welcome. Smile at someone you don’t know (if nothing else it makes them wonder!). Small changes can create great results. Try it!
Be well and be Transformed.