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I Am Not the Same

5 17 15 Not the SameAre you the same person you were a year ago? Of course, you say! The name on my driver’s license is still the same!

There is a quote attributed to the artist Michelangelo in the 88th year of his life: “I am still learning.”

I’ve always loved this quote, since I have always been an avid learner. If we are the sum of our experiences and we learn on a daily basis, then each year after the earth has gone around the sun one more time we should be a different and hopefully better person.

I’m listening to the Hay House World Summit speakers and videos for the second year. If you are not familiar with this event, you still have 11 days to get on board! It is 100 free lectures/interviews (averaging 60 minutes each) and 12 videos about self-discovery, health and success. You pick who you want to listen to and which videos you want to watch. Check it out at: Hay House World Summit

I looked at my notes from last year because I wanted to choose new speakers to listen to this time around. New speakers, new nuggets of wisdom! As I listened to one speaker, I was profoundly moved by her words. I happened to look back at my old notes and discovered that I had listened to her last year. I had missed her in my list!

Why did she impact me so much more now?

Because I am a different person than I was a year ago. I have grown. Now, I was listening from a different place and a different perspective. I had new “ears.” I did not “hear” what she had to say last year, but this year everything was different.

I encouraged a few friends to take part in this feast for the mind/soul/body. One friend said, “I’m fine. I don’t need to listen to seminars now.”

What? I can’t comprehend thinking one knows all you need to know at any point in life. But, if he had listened, he may not have heard anything anyway because his emotional ears were not open.

On the other hand, I was happy to introduce another close friend to listen to a popular, modern-day philosopher, and he was quite moved by the speaker’s presentation. Later, I was happy to have a deep, philosophical conversation with my friend about some new concepts! (We are prone to deep conversations anyway.)

I did caution him that when he listens, to do so with himself in mind, not me. My lessons will take care of themselves! Let each walk on his or her path of self-discovery.

Today’s learning was exceptionally “mind-blowing” – which is probably a very apt phrase. Last year I remember after ten days of Summit, my brain felt as if it had grown several new neural pathways. This year they have spread out the sessions over twenty days to give us more time to listen to more speakers. After only nine days as of today, I can only imagine how I will feel by the end of the twenty days!

I know I will be a different person than I was three weeks ago.

How wonderful to know that if we want to, our learning, our personal growth can continue our whole lives.

Who will you be a year from now?

It all depends on if you keep learning and growing.


The Seeds of Happy

IDOH March 20March has arrived like a lion, fast and furious, and all the people at Live Happy are hard at work promoting the United Nations International Day of Happiness on March 20. I took the Happy Acts challenge (go to Happy Acts.org) which is to perform at least one “Happy Act” per day and either post it, Tweet it or Pin it #HappyActs.

Wow, do we actually have to take an online challenge to ensure that we do something nice for someone every day? I would like to hope not. 

I am making the discovery that when I plant a “happy seed,” I get my own flowers blooming almost instantly. Or so it seems. I am a friendly and giving person anyway but I had started consciously looking for good deeds to do last week. It felt like a fun game.

Friday on my way to Whole Foods, I let a car into traffic on a busy road. Five minutes later after I had parked, I felt led to check my email before I went into the store. There was an email telling me I had a discount on something I needed at a certain store, but only available that weekend. My first thought was, “Oh darn, that store is in the opposite direction across town;” my second thought was, “Oh wait, there is a branch across the street from where I am now!” Convenient! I’m all for the two birds with one stone principle. I was happy!

This weekend a friend had invited me to join them on a little day trip excursion; they could have gone by themselves, but you know fun is always better when shared. I thought long and hard about this for several reasons, including the time that I needed to spend on other things, but opted to go on the fun excursion. Besides it was going to give us a chance to catch up on productive conversation.

Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day, the breeze was exhilarating and there were new, fun activities we found to do at this local attraction. We also discovered the fun things we could do with the panorama feature on our camera phones! We went a little panorama crazy! I know this sounds a little silly but, isn’t life about the simple pleasures? We got some really spectacular photos!

Last night I was tired, but very happy that I had taken the time to enjoy fun and sunshine with my friend. The irony was that on this morning’s session of Wake Up Happy the featured speaker talked about the emotional benefits of getting out into nature and stimulating environments and especially sharing them with other people. That was certainly a confirmation of a well-made decision on my part!

So far I have found that the “game” of Happy Acts is a win-win game. When you plant the seed of making someone else happy, it will make you happy and you will reap unexpected blessings in return. You reap what you sow. Like a stone thrown into a pond, the ripples extend out further than we know.

Take the Happy Acts challenge and see what happens in your life. Then on March 20, don’t let the game end there. Let it continue the rest of the year and see what you reap. You can follow my Happy Acts this month at @gloriagrehl on Twitter. What will you do?