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Celebrate What’s Right with the World

On October 2nd, we will be hosting the first session on the topic “Celebrate What’s Right with the World”. This event came together quickly as I was losing myself in the down’s of this political season. In an attempt to separate myself from the emotions of anger, frustration and more anger. . . I found myself needing to adopt a different strategy.  The one I was engaging in was NOT working to my advantage, and was leaving me feeling and being a person I did not like.

I began to consciously move into observation mode, making a very deliberate effort to detach from some of the emotion I was exerting. In observation, you are blessed with the ability to witness and actively notice. I watched political commentary on Facebook. I observed perspectives on various issues. I discovered fears and hopes; ideals and values that people held true.  The beauty of observation is that it allows you to release negative energy and see people, issues, and perceptions with compassion and enlightenment.

I found myself considering the very nature of our political system. We are in election season every 2-4 years (for representatives, senators or presidents). Regardless of whether we are Republicans or Democrats, we are bombarded with messages about how our country is failing. .  we can do better . .  we are in a downward spiral, and all hope is lost unless you vote for (such and such). Our system and our unconscious psychology actually reinforce the need for candidates to promote devastation and ruin in our current state in order to create urgency for something different. With a constant message from the media and both parties about the never ending poor state of our nation (and the world), I wonder how much of our destiny is a self-filling prophecy.

There is a great deal of research emerging about the neuroscience of emotion. The underpinning of this data is that we are actually rewiring and reforming neurological connections when we engage in negative or positive thinking. As it goes, the more positive you are, the more positive you will continue to be and vice versa. As you engage in positive or negative thought, your brain is configuring in that way. For me, that insight has led to a much different perspective on my thoughts.

There was a poem once I read as a child; Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu

We now have research to confirm what ancient philosophers have known all along. Which brings me to my point. . . “Celebrate What’s Right with the World”. As we are inundated with negative messages, it becomes even more critical that we continue to consciously create positivity. Celebrating what’s right is about finding beauty in what surrounds us, seeking meaning in the mundane and loving life for everything is has to offer. It’s about knowing and trusting in something bigger than ourselves. It’s about being in gratitude for the little things.

I would be curious my dear friends. . . what do you wish to celebrate in this moment?

Feel free to join us for one of our upcoming sessions. Go to www.innovativeconnectionsinc.com and select classes to register.

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Laurie Cure

Dr. Laurie Cure holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and a master’s degree in business administration. She is the president and CEO of a growing consulting company; Innovative Connections, Inc. Laurie has over twenty years’ experience in helping small businesses and larger organizations on their journeys toward excellence. She also teaches at the university level and delivers seminars and lectures on organizational psychology and personal development. She lives in Colorado with her husband of nineteen years and their eighteen-year-old son and sixteen-year-old daughter.

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6 comments on “Celebrate What’s Right with the World
  1. Sue Stack says:

    I want to celebrate the amazing people I have met on this journey called life and the influence they have had on me. Sometimes they have made me frustrated. Sometimes they have made me cry. Many times, they have made me stand back in wonder as they shaped my thoughts, emotions and knowledge in ways some of them may never know.

  2. Ryan says:

    Lao tzu also said ‘mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power’. By choosing to be positive you have taken a small step in your ‘journey of a thousand miles’. However, as a certified change agent ( thank you), we are taught that we must create a sense of urgency. So the challenge can become creating that sense of urgency without using fear, anger, and sometimes frustration as is currently being done during this election cycle on a national scale.

    • Laurie Cure Laurie Cure says:

      Ryan- You had a great teacher :). You speak to the challenge well. There is certainly a risk we must manage as we seek to create a sense of urgency. Someone once said, “Its a fine line”.

  3. Lisa says:

    I appreciate the Lao-Tzu poem and how you bring that focus to your work, Laurie. I love the new website and blog!

  4. Kathie Orlay says:

    I want to celebrate you, Laurie, for taking a bold step forward and changing the world around you. It is wonderful to see your website, book and teaching is reaching people in a world that sorely needs your wisdom. Love it!

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