Well, by now, people are probably aware this blog isn’t just about money. It’s about the wealth that makes us happy with our lives, which often involves not just financial support, but also emotional and spiritual support too. Even when we’re very rich, sometimes we lack emotional or spiritual support, and that lack can make us feel very poor. When we start to experience losses in all these areas, it becomes a difficult juggling act and at that point, what do we do?
Support Team Training
I was invited to attend a Support Team Leadership training to find out how to properly support my friend with the brain tumor. As I sat there, I began to wonder about the many areas in my own life where I don’t feel very supported. If we feel supported, it’s very easy to go out and support other people. When we don’t have it in our own lives, it becomes quite a challenge to provide support to other people who also are experiencing lack. Where do we start? Where do we draw those boundaries?
The World In General
We’re starting to see some of those dynamics in the financial markets. The United States is going bankrupt and we normally turn to lenders in other countries to finance our debt. Well, the problem now is that the losses that we are experiencing are also affecting our lenders. So, they are looking at their ability to support us, and it’s just not there. The ring-around-the-rosy of lending support is starting to fall apart as major players go bankrupt and withdraw large chunks of money off the shared table. What is that going to do to the markets and to people?
So, it comes back to how well can you support yourself when the going gets tough? Will we even have enough to support others in need, or will we have to withdraw to conserve the little we have? I’m interested in knowing the answer to this one because I do think there will come a time when all us will have to answer it. Will we choose to support only ourselves, or will we still attempt to help and support others? And, where do we draw the line?
Yep, that’s me! I am a systems type of person and though I can read the details probably better than anyone, it’s not the highlight of my life. So, why am I now touting the power of lists? It came to my attention when I first started my appreciation and gratitude exercise. I started it by listing the things I appreciate every morning. Well, being a writer, I found the list actually spurred my creative juices and so I decided it might be good to try list making for other types of activities.
One of the biggest issues this year has been my inability to keep my sales funnel full of work. I get so involved with a project, I forget to do the marketing I need to bring in more work when that project is done. So, the last time I had a lull in work, I decided to start by making a list of all kinds of articles I would like to write and proceeded to waste my time writing them. It was a great way to get some good ideas, but it still didn’t lead to a heck of a lot more work for me. That work is just sitting there waiting for someone to buy it because I didn’t cultivate the market first.
What it did do was spur me into thinking about changing the entire way I do business. Instead of doing work, I thought I would do marketing and motivate someone else to do work during lull periods by getting lists together of all the places where I can create excitement and opportunities for more work to come in and marketing for both of us. I did find two people so far, who are going to do that with me, but it took me actually sitting down to generate lists of potential markets to convince someone else that it’s a good idea for them too. So, now I am really sold on lists and I think my office is going to start to look like that list of the delegate counts that the Democrats had going for a while. I want to start creating multiple lists of contacts, work venues, article topics, keywords, other writers, and see if I can put them together in a systems way to create a money making machine that doesn’t sputter out when I happen to fall asleep at my computer.
I have been practicing my appreciation and gratitude, and I’ve noticed that when things are darkest, that’s when we can really mine these attitudes and make them our backbone through future misfortunes. I’ve also noticed that sometimes I appreciate things before they happen, and just through the act of expressing thankfulness, that thing manifests in my life. Take for instance, my cat, Shakespeare.
Shakespeare is a sissy cat (don’t let him hear me say that), but he is adorable and ever loving. He does have a hunter instinct, but he doesn’t have much to hunt in the house. So, I was appreciating Shakespeare one day in my gratitude journal and how we have no mice in the house because of him. I figured that just his presence scared them away. Well, a day later, Shakespeare caught a mouse and laid it out all dead in front of bathroom door, where I couldn’t possibly miss it because that’s the first place I go in the morning. So, while I was appreciating the fact that we have no mice because of the presence of my cat, right after that Shakespeare caught one and killed it! So, apparently we did have a mouse in the house (although a rather skinny one, thank god!) and maybe my appreciation helped him to manifest the kill! So, now Shakespeare’s nick name is “mighty hunter”!
That’s not the only thing that has turned out a bit conspicuously “coincidental” between my appreciation journal and my reality. At times, my work has slowed and I began to appreciate the fact that I am self-employed and not a laid off employee. That while my work might slow down, it won’t ever go away completely. So, I was expressing my appreciation for the work that did come in, during one of the slow periods, and for the ability to work at home and a day later, I got a huge order for work. Coincidence?
I see more and more of this dynamic as if appreciation is the oil that powers the engine of manifestation. It can be something very small or big, but eventually as I read back on my appreciation journal, I begin to see more and more that the things I appreciated before became heightened in my awareness and manifested more clarity and solidity in my reality. So, I am continuing to write in my appreciation journal and it has been a very fascinating experience!
For all those in New Orleans, my heart goes out to you on Gustav. You are all in my thoughts and prayers these last few days…