Be A Stone Cutter

So today was another interesting BEST day. Self Esteem, Self Compassion and Self Judgement were some of the themes of the day.  I have to say that I am amazed at the quality and talent of the people in our group. Not that I was expecting anything less from everyone, but nevertheless, I am impressed. Today we also had a product showcase of some of the entrepreneurs in our class. There definitely is some amazing gifts that my fellow creative classmates have.

Everything from pottery making, to hand made greeting cards, homemade cookies and Tareq took us on a nature activity exercise. It was all very well done, except for the fact that Mr. Blogger here forgot to take pictures of most of the talent. Hey I never said I had it all together…Okay I’ll be honest…
I was busy taste testing the cookies 🙂

Threshold was the Key word of the nature exercise. Threshold as Tareq said, “is an energy that we need to embark on a journey.” Nature, our senses, and trees were the focus of the exercise. People were paired off. One person was blindfolded and the other person led and guided  that individual to a tree. But you couldn’t just pick any tree. You had to pick a tree that spoke to you. Once the blindfolded person was at the tree they had to touch, feel and examine the tree without even seeing it. Once the examination of the tree was done, the blindfolded individuals were led away from the tree to their starting point of this mini tree journey. That’s when the fun began.  With their senses in full swing mode, the focus now was to try and pick out what tree they were brought to. Oh Yes, how cruel was that?. A find a needle in the hay stack scenario. He He He…  But, to my surprise, everyone found the tree that they were brought to… I think… More on that later… I told you we had some extraordinary people in this class. So It was a great example of how when we are focused, and are using not only our inner senses, but our outer ones as well, that we can be successful in reaching our goals. Boy I hope Wendy is not grading the English in this Blog… If she is, I am in deep trouble.

So stay focused… Have a plan…have an open mind… and don’t listen to people who tell you that you can’t do it…

Have a stone cutters attitude…

I once read a quote from 19th century social reformer, Jacob Riis, that read:

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at the stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps 100 times without so much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone on before.”

Sometimes, we get frustrated because we’ve been trying to get a breakthrough in a certain area of life, but we don’t seem to be making any progress.

Sometimes, we feel inadequate because we see the abilities of others and don’t think that we can ever reach their standard of excellence.

But what we see is the end product of years of hard work and practice.

Sometimes, we look at life and wish that it was easier.  If only we got every job that we applied for, made a sale with every pitch, got the answer we were looking for with every question we asked or lost weight every time we went to the gym.

It doesn’t work like that.

Success doesn’t come to those who try to break the rock and give up after one or two attempts.

It comes to those who keep going until they finally get the breakthrough that they were after.

So remember the stone cutter and keep hammering away!

Here are some pics of our afternoon Threshold exercise.

Peace…

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