This is week 1 of the Daily Forgiveness Challenge!
We are making time every morning in January to complete the Daily Forgiveness Process, and to be intentional about claiming more peace, freedom and success in 2019 by proactively forgiving the stuff that's holding us back. #ShineYourLight2019
Click here to be sent an overview of the Daily Forgiveness Process and get weekly recaps of the content posted on each topic.
Week 1: Forgiving Family
Week 2: Forgiving Past Antagonists in our Professional Stories
Week 3: Forgiving Ourselves
Week 4: Forgiving The Way Deep Down Stuff
Week 5: Forgiving Our Current Scene Partners
The Forgiveness Challenge is being hosted on our Facebook Page. We're posting daily notes of encouragement and thoughts with which to ruminate. Here's a sample from today:
FORGIVENESS CHALLENGE DAY 2: This week's topic is forgiving family. Here's today's piece of advice as you work the steps of the Daily Forgiveness Process:
Don't overlook the "small stuff."
Our family creates the baseline we understand as "normal" behavior. This is a HUGE DEAL. It can make it harder for us to notice the ways the opinions, judgements or off-hand comments - even the ones that aren't directed at us - can deeply impact our worldview and shape our vision for what's possible in the future.
TRUE STORY: I remember hearing an uncle make fun of people who make vision boards at a family get together when I was in middle school. It was a passing comment between football commercials that earned him a chuckle from my dad and the other uncles in the room.
Not a big deal... but nearly TWO DECADES LATER I was reluctant to make a vision board when my business coach instructed me to do so. 🤔
I had been hanging onto this negative impression that vision boards were for prissy, frivolous people who believe in weird things and expect their dreams to fall from the sky instead of working for them.
(**yikes** Happy to discuss further over coffee sometime! )
Guess what -- I made a vision board.
But that's not the success part of the story!
The success is not doing a thing. At least -- that's not the LONG TERM success.
The success that serves your highest good, and will carry you into peace and freedom for the rest of your life, is **noticing** the little things that get planted (maybe unintentionally!) by the people who shaped your view of "normal," noticing them with CURIOSITY, and releasing what isn't serving you with forgiveness.
That's the skill the makes a difference, friends.
The point is it may not be so easy to notice the ways we are limiting ourselves; holding ourselves back from the goodness/hope/optimism that's calling to us... all because of a formative remark one of our model grown-ups made out of turn.
It most certainly was NOT the intention of my uncle to impress upon me that I should never make a vision board. I would wager a hefty sum that the man has no recollection of ever commenting on the topic at all!
People say "Don't sweat the small stuff." I say "Unpack the small stuff with curiosity, and then forgive and release it before it blossoms into unnecessary lifelong angst about vision boards."