Ben and I welcomed the birth of our son, Connor Benjamin, last week! In the coming months, I’ll still be bringing you great weekly content – but it’ll be partially from me and partially from wonderful guest experts.
Our first expert is Sheryl Bernstein, Creative Coach
Mother May I? Are you waiting for permission to Take Your Giant Steps Forward? You’ve got it!
I was in the beautiful state of Maine the last week of August (long trip from California) at my Brother and Sister-in-Law’s wonderful summer house on the lake. Actually, it’s called a pond… Middle Range Pond. (Range pronounced Rang.)
Picture lots of green, trees, serene water, the sound of loons. Days were filled with canoeing, kayaking, eating outside, toasted marshmallows, laughing, and singing ’round the campfire while my nephew played the banjo. And the wonderful time spent with my family: nephews, nieces, and the little ones, my great-nephew and nieces. Plus, a visit from my childhood friend who was traveling through. We’ve known each other since I was 4 and she 3. Brought back so many childhood memories. Like the endless Summer evenings spent playing games on the front lawn. Did you? Red Rover Red Rover, SPUD, and Mother May I.
Remember that one?
We’d all line up, and the “leader” would pick one of us, give us a command like, “Sheryl, take 3 giant steps forward”. Then, you’d have to ask, “Mother May I” before you could do it. And when you asked, the leader had the option of saying “Yes you may,” or “No you may not.”
If you DIDN’T ask permission, (so surprisingly easy to forget to do) you didn’t get to move at all. In fact, you’d get sent back to the beginning and have to start all over again. The goal was to take enough Giant Steps, Baby Steps, Sideways Steps, and Umbrella Steps to get to the finish line, and become the next leader.
On the flight home from Maine, I got to thinking about all Mother May I? – and, made me think about today.
Where am I, and where are you, waiting for permission to take your giant steps forward? Or even not-so-giant steps?
Sometimes we wait for a message, a sign, a “you go” before we take the steps that will get us to our goals.
Well, if that’s you, and you’re waiting for a sign, a word, the permission to get into action to do the thing you want to do…here it is.
Yes, You May! Absolutely, positively, Yes You May!
And to help you get going where you might be a little stuck, unsure, scared, or stymied to begin or continue… here are few simple action steps that I guarantee will get your motor running. These steps will lift you, and move you forward.
Step One: Write a gratitude list.
Now, don’t dismiss this out of hand, because it will get you going and in a great place to create from. And, it’s best if you do this with pen to paper. Though any way that you prefer is great. Just start with 20. Make a list of 20 things that you are grateful for. I say things like “I’m grateful for my eyes”. “I’m grateful for my strong body” “I’m grateful for my home” “I’m grateful for my Kitty” “I’m grateful that I can walk from here to there.” “I’m grateful for my friends.”