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Pivotal Moments in Time...What have yours been like?
Please think about some very important decision points during your life - when the decisions you made would be/were critical to your life's unfolding? What about the pivotal decisions we make about choosing a mate (or not), deciding on a career, determining where to live, discerning one's life path? These are pivotal moments!
And then there are other defining moments along life's paths - experiential times that determine your authentic nature - your character, integrity - and how you choose to "be" as you relate to the world around you.
The ancient Greeks had two interesting ways to describe time. One is chronos, which is the linear time we all know....the clock ticking forward from seconds to minutes to hours to days, weeks, years - throughout the duration of our lives. The other is kairos...and this is distinctively different and hugely important. Kairos means opportunity, the right season, or fitting time. It includes the idea of an opportunity or a suitable time for an action to take place. It is a time when things come to a head - requiring decisive action which, in turn, renders a pivotal consequence no matter which decision is made. (That's kairos---an opportunity that is pulling you, entreating you to be something larger than oneself, and something for which you know there is risk in the outcome.) Can you recognize your life's kairos moments?
When we seize the day, we are taking advantage of the kairos given to us. When we courageously stand up for something, even when the odds and the world be against us, we are seizing that pivotal, crucial moment. We are engaging with kairos. Some have linked kairos with those serendipitous moments that appear in our lives and which nudge us forward.
Thinking about chronos time and kairos time--Isn't it extra special to know that deciding to take a few minutes of chronos time to help a child, an aging adult, or to pay some random act of kindness forward - because the opportunity is before us and beckons us - might be orchestrated? Perhaps that precise moment of our giving creates a pivotal kairos moment for another.
It has been noted that synchronicity is connected to Kairos - those times of unexplainable, yet meaningful (well-noted), coincidences that occur in our lives.
Here's to moving forward with our Lights On! - ready for our impactful kairos moments, whether they are the major ones or the minor - Seize the Day!
Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). www.ClaireEKnowles.com 716-622-7753
A GIFT FOR YOU
As the Holidays draw near, we hastily run to and fro seeking the perfect gifts to purchase for our family and friends. We bounce around from one store to the next comparing prices, or in many cases just doing all we can simply to get our hands on the select items at all, no matter the cost. With our calendars full and our "To Do List" overflowing with places to be, people to see, and hey for some, let's not forget trimming the tree; things can become very overwhelming.
This busyness not only takes away from allowing one to focus on the true meaning of the Christmas, yet it also causes a certain amount of stress and anxiety, each year, come the beginning of the "holiday rush", which seems to commence earlier and earlier each year. Not only has it begun sooner every year, however that means it stretches longer too. What does this mean for YOU? Well, you may choose to go with the flow, hence continue going BONKERS, this year included, or you have the option to step outside of the madness, take a breather and do something INSANE, "gift yourself for once".
That's right, smack dab in the middle of all the holiday rush, take a day off from all of the shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, and think only about things that will bring peace and happiness to you. I'm mainly addressing women here, it's not because I am stereotyping in any way. I am fully aware of the fact that there are some very successful stay-home dads out there, along with some fathers who are not stay-home dads, nevertheless they primarily run the household, doing the majority of the things I mentioned above. Still, they are the minority. Predominantly, women are the ones bearing the major responsibility for that heavy load. Subsequently, I encourage you to STOP, right in the middle of all of the craziness and think about yourself.This concept in itself, may sound insane or foreign to some, but allow me to explain.
As a woman, and mother for many, we are always doing a million things. We are helping this person, driving that person, baking for this Aunt, etc.. Then, when we celebrate the holidays, our duties triple. In order for us to truly be able to enjoy the festivities ourselves, I urge all women to take a day off from everything, and dedicate it to yourself. If anyone deserves it, it's a woman. At the end of this article, there is a little list of suggestions I compiled to help you along on "Your Day". You can use it, adding your own, or taking out the ones that don't apply to your situation. In any event, have fun, laugh, relax, get together with close friends or family members that you get along well with( like a close sibling). Do things that will bring you enjoyment. May you be refreshed, and ready to have the Happiest of Holidays.
*Go to lunch with a friend
*Go for a massage
*Get a pedicure
*Go out for dinner with your best friend
*Rent or go to see a funny movie with your best friend.(Eat popcorn & Raisinets.)
*What the hey? If you can spring for it, an overnight stay with a few of your BFFs in a hotel, for your own "Spa Night" presents an excellent environment for some R & R.
Angie R. Lucarini
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