I’m Huge Inside
“I’m Huge Inside” highlights the home’s For Sale sign, attempting to attract potential purchasers inside who otherwise might make initial curbside judgments that would keep them from venturing in to see how much room there truly was.
This past year and counting, I have focused my attention on my inward journey: going inward to grow outward. It has been an amazing journey rich with aha moments, and a few “oh no’s”, as I have explored a home that heretofore has been sitting vacant, waiting for me to venture in, to tap into the wisdom it houses.
For years, I have given my attention to the external, the view from the outside. Making judgments and decisions, drawing conclusions, forming opinions based solely on the outside, the curbside view, and as a result missing out on experiencing the huge space within …the expansiveness, the beauty, the potential, the grace, the peace, the sense of connectedness to all that is and more.
Discovering how huge we are inside requires taking regular breaks from our busy and full schedules, days of continuous doing until we lay our head down on our pillow only to discover our busy mind still has some quieting to do. Begin by using the ordinary moments in your day to give another the gift of your full attention, your full presence, and do the same for yourself. Begin by creating moments of stillness, quiet, solitude in your day. Focus on your breath. Inhaling, allowing your abdomen to expand, and then fully exhaling, releasing the tension and toxins. Take several conscious breaths, and your journey inward has begun. Listen to the wisdom expressed in the stillness. Let the stillness speak. Discover that you, as is everyone, is huge inside.
We have a tendency to go through our ordinary days experiencing and measuring the richness of life based on what we see, hear and do. The more we do the more we accomplish, the more success we have, the more our families will know we love them and vice versa. Our focus is on expanding our external world, letting it represent our value and our potential. For many, this focus will serve them well for quite a long time, perhaps even a life time.
I have learned from my clients and own life experiences that venturing in is often the result of a significant external life event…illness, death, divorce, birth, life threatening accident. I sometimes ponder why that is only to conclude that’s not the best application of my attention and energy. It is what it is. I also know it doesn’t have to be. On any ordinary day we all can choose to venture in.
I am grateful that I have the sense of sight and sound, and my hunch is that most of you are too. I recently read The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Her story is inspiring, humbling and enlightening on many levels. What many saw as debilitating challenges that destined her to a life of strife and struggle, she claimed as gifts for they freed her from the trappings of judgment and external observations, and led her inward, continuously tapping into her divine potential and truly realizing far more than most ever dreamed possible. She had an extraordinary teacher in Anne Sullivan, and the support and love of many others. Ultimately, though, it was about her and how she chose to live and experience life. Helen Keller saw more than most ever will because she could not see. She knew that everyone is huge inside.
Give yourself the gift of 5 minutes of solitude every day. Sit in stillness, focusing on your breath to quiet your mind and relax your body. With practice, you will soon be yearning for more as the stillness speaks wisdom you didn’t know you had.
About Extra Ordinary Living
Janet began her coaching journey in January of 2004, leaving behind a satisfying career as a healthcare executive. Working first under the company name, Tiberius Enterprises, in January of 2007, Janet adopted the company name, Extra Ordinary Living, symbolizing her desire to work with people who defy the law of average and want to live extraordinary lives, consistently adding the extra to the ordinary. Her by-line embracing sustainable change is reflective of two intentions. First is to have the changes a client makes have long term positive implications. Second is to live a life that respects the importance of sustaining our planet’s lives for generations to follow.
As an Executive Coach, Janet’s intention is to assist service professionals and organizations to maximize their return on human capital….managing human behaviors for optimal outcomes. Janet has repeatedly found that an individual’s professional and personal satisfaction and happiness is often limited by their very own “human capital.” She loves working with people to identify and own their natural tendencies, abilities and talents; to recognize their limitations, and apply all in creating the life they have historically only dreamed about. As a professional coach, Janet is trained to listen, to observe and to customize her approach to match her client’s needs. She provides tools, support, structure and accountability to help her clients unleash their full potential and optimize results.
Having a coach herself for over four years, Janet has found the best thing about coaching is that it is all about you, the client, and what you want. A coach may share her opinion, and give you advice; however, it is all up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. A coach suspends judgment, and supports you in your decisions.
With the coaching philosophy as her foundation, Janet is also an inspirational Professional Speaker. She has spoken at local, state and national conferences, providing the plenary session as well as more structured workshops. Her goal is to impart useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to assist her audiences in living extra ordinary lives. Janet always customizes her content to match her audience.
Interested in learning more? Please contact Janet by phone at 540-342-3040, email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website, www.4extraordinaryliving.com.
Janet Crawford MHA, MBA Professional Certified Coach
Extra Ordinary Living is written for aspiring individuals looking for new perspectives and ideas for living life differently by finding the Extra in the Ordinary.
"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."
– Helen Keller
"Each individual has a subconscious memory of the green earth and murmuring waters, and blindness and deafness cannot rob him of this gift from past generations. This inherited capacity is a sort of 6th sense—a soul sense which sees, hears, feels, all in one."
– Helen Keller
Sustainable Living Tip:
Sustainable Living Tip: Buy Local
Farmer’s markets are in full swing this time of year, and gearing up for even more fresh produce: lettuce, spinach, beans, peas, corn, asparagus, squash, peppers, fresh berries and melon galore.
Commit to being a localvore this summer: a person dedicated to eating food grown and produced locally. Besides the fact fresh food tastes better, it requires less resources travelling to the consumer’s hands; it is healthier requiring fewer if any preservatives to make it to the market; and buying it is good for the local economy. Not to mention all the people you will meet and fun you will have meandering through the farmer’s market!