We listened to the forecasters as they one more time predicted snow, the magical winter word, and in my part of the country, a winter treat. Should we believe them? Should we prepare? Should we pick up a few essentials just in case or buy the snow shovel? A predicament for us to decide what actions we wanted to take. We had heard such forecasts many times before and enjoyed only the sounds of raindrops falling and the opportunity to say wrong again. Ahhhhh, maybe this time would be different.
The conversations shifted from are you ready for Christmas to do you think it is really going to happen? They predicted 12 -18 inches, a potential record. You could sense the magic, the wonder, the anticipation and the hope that this time the prediction would come true for what a perfect time of year to be blanketed with the pureness of snow. And that we were, for lo and behold this time their prediction came true.
What a sight for all to see, to hear, to smell, to taste and to fully experience…a record snowfall, a once in a lifetime experience. The silence spoke. The snow lit up the sky and covered the blemishes of modern day times. We were immersed in nature, and blessed to be able to enjoy it from the warmth of our homes, and the light of a fire. What we had so eagerly anticipated only hours before was now, here for us to savor, to behold and stay present to and enjoy.
And so I did for a few moments, a few minutes, but as it grew into hours my attention waned and my mental meanderings took over. In an instant, the snow covering the driveway and roads became an impediment to fulfilling my to-do list and to my being fully prepared for the next eagerly anticipated event.
For a few moments, which evolved into minutes, I allowed myself to get caught up in the anticipation of the next event. As I went about filling the birdfeeders, tromping through the snow simply for the fun of it, snapping some photos, and shoveling the walkways, I realized that what I was really wrestling with was my need to be busy, to be doing, to be going, and this was the opportunity, the present, to pause and practice being fully present, allowing what will be to unfold, allowing the discomfort in the being to dissolve away.
This is an ordinarily hectic time of year…the pace picks up as we make time in our already busy lives to shop for the perfect gift while capturing the best deal, to celebrate with colleagues, friends and family at holiday lunches and parties, to decorate the house and bake the traditional cookies, to attend the children’s holiday programs and anticipate the family gathering. Layer onto this the emotions of missing loved ones and grieving losses, and we find ourselves thinking I can’t wait until the holidays are over. This is the predicament of the season that we create. The season we eagerly anticipate for the richness of its meaning, for the promise of happiness and joy in the presence of family and friends, and before it even arrives, we wish it away.
Choose differently this year. It is your choice. Give yourself the present of a pause, creating the space to experience the extra in the ordinary occurring all around you and to realize the true meaning of the holiday. Doing so allows you to give to others the gift of your complete presence experiencing the fullness of the moment, the fulfillment of a prediction. As you go about your doing, remember the importance of your being. In doing so, you will experience the magic, wonder, peace and love that you have eagerly anticipated, moment by moment, minute by minute, hour by hour, and be savoring all until the holiday comes to an end and you dream of sugar plums dancing…..
Pause. Breathe deeply.
Allow your senses to behold the wonder of the season.
Give to others the gift of your full attention, your full presence and you will create magical moments.
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.
"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness , and kindness."
"Peace is every step."
– Thich Nhat Hanh
"...and to all a good night."
– Clement Clarke Moore
Sustainable Living Tip: Relax
Sustaining a healthy life, a healthy planet, requires that we embrace the importance of relaxing to nurture our body, mind and soul. When was the last time you felt relaxed from the tip of your toes to the top of your head, every muscle and every fiber of your being at ease? At ease to prevent dis-ease. Relaxing is as important as exercise to sustaining our health and well-being. It opens up the possibility for maximum flow, for a full release of toxins, and a full experience of the space within. Yet it is one of those aspects of being that seems to counter our need to be doing. Build in opportunities to relax in to your daily schedule. You will soon realize that 5 minutes of intentional relaxing and releasing tensions increases the productivity of your doing, guaranteed.
Extra Ordinary Living Updates
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