What Is It That You Really Like To Do?

Julie and Julia

shareasimage (7)“What is it that you REALLY like to do?”
This is the life changing question Paul Child asked his wife, Julia Child after moving to France in the 1950s. The answer flowed from her without hesitation, “EAT! That’s what I really like to do! I am good at it!” She followed her passion which led to a journey beyond her wildest imagination. Julia simply followed what felt joyous to her; she went with the flow and enjoyed life as it unfolded and expanded.  There was no grand plan. For her, it was about the journey – the process of researching, writing…. and eating! (‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ took 8 years from inception to publication.  There are now over 34 printings and 3 editions!).  Julia Child accepted Life’s invitation to “Come to the Edge Today”.  Wondering what to do with her life, she identified her joy and said “yes” to exploring it.  She leaped into her adventure and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today’s “leaping exercise”:
Ask yourself: “What is it that I REALLY like to do?”
Be honest! Be true! Let yourself really speak the answer! Write it down. Post it in your bathroom, in your wallet, on your desk and on the fridge. Let your imagination feel it, see it and touch it! Allow the dream living inside of you to come to the surface.  Let it grow in your mind and in your imagination.  Next, using your imagination, write as many action items as you can to begin living your dream now!  (Julia began by taking cooking lessons.  Julie, in the movie ‘Julie and Julia’ (based on a true story) began by cooking and blogging her way through ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’).  Enjoy, foster and grow your dream by ‘doing’ one of these action items each day, or as often as you can.  Commit!  Do it!  Experience your dream coming true and revel in how quickly it expands!julia

Answering Life’s invitation to leap at ‘The Edge’ is SO much fun – Joan Kappes

 

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Jump Into Your Happyness Circle!

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Step into your Happyness Circle!!!  Better yet, JUMP IN!

Let go!

Laugh!

Be Curious!

Imagine!

     Forgive!

     Love!

     Do what you would you have done with this drawing at      age 4 or 6 or 8

     Take a chance……….and Live Free!

100_3392Today’s ‘Leaping Exercise’:  Make your own chalk ‘Happyness Circle’ on your sidewalk or driveway (and yes, feel free to spell it as ‘happyness’, just for fun!)  Physically step into your circle!  Invite friends and neighbors to do the same!  If you cannot draw on the street, draw it on a piece of paper, share it and carry it with you.  Step!  Jump!  Leap!  Take a chance…..to be happy!

Happiness is indeed….”Here” – Joan Kappes100_3391

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10 Easy Ways to Make Every Moment Count….

suphakit73I came across an intriguing plaque while shopping today.  It glared at me and said, “Make every moment count”.

How is this even possible?  Increase my ‘to do’ list?  Add more ‘shoulds’ to my day?  Let go of everything and simply do nothing?

Hmm…Is there a way-of-being that is less dramatic, more meaningful and fun?  YES!  Below are 10 ways to ‘Make Every Moment Count’ or better yet, 10 ways for ‘How to really live your life, Moment by Moment’.  Each item below also contains a daily intention for you to memorize, journal, or post around the house.

10 Ways to Make Every Moment Count  (or ‘How to Really Live Your Life, Moment by Moment’)

     

  1. Set the intention to value your moments.  Be conscious and value how you are spending yourdan1, moments.  Are they spent in fear, anger, frustration, ‘shoulding’, or in gratitude, love, appreciation and an openness to the gift each moment brings.  Daily intention:  “I am awake to my good, and gather in the harvest of endless opportunities.” – Florence Scovel Shinn
  2. Focus on what you want to see and experienceDaily intention:  “It is my dominant intent to look for things that feel good today.  No matter where I’m going, no matter what I’m doing, no matter who I’m doing it with, it is my dominant intent to look for what I’m wanting to see, to look for things that feel good.” - Abraham
  3. Appreciate.  Appreciate.  AppreciateExsodus“If all you did was just look or things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.  If there was nothing else that you ever came to understand other than just look for things to appreciate, it’s the only tool you would ever need to predominantly hook you up with who you really are.” – Abraham
  4. Notice your negative emotions, then pivot“Anytime you feel negative emotion, stop and say: Something is important here; otherwise I would not be feeling this negative emotion.  What is it that I want?  And then simply turn your attention to what you do want…In the moment you turn your attention to what you want, the negative attraction will stop; and in the moment the negative attraction stops, the positive attraction will begin.  And in that moment your feeling will change from not feeling good to feeling good.” – Abraham  Daily intention:  “What is it that I want in this moment”?
  5. Make peace with where you areIf you find yourself in a situation that is not to your liking, do not artur84resist or perpetuate it with justifiable reasons.  Acknowledge where you are and how you feel.  Send as much love and compassion to yourself as you can (just as you would offer comfort to a child in need of assurance).  Make a list of positive aspects that are the most positive you can find about your current situation.  This will release resistance allowing for improvement in your feelings and your physical situation.  Daily intention:  “I am where I am and it’s ok.  I can find a few positive aspects about this current situation and they are __________”
  6. Milk it!  If you find yourself in a situation that is to your liking, milk it!  Revel in what you are feeling.  Soak in the moment!  Find more thoughts and positive aspects that add to this feeling and to this situation.  Use the Law of Attraction (the essence of that which is like unto itself is drawn) to create even better feeling next-moments!  Daily intention:  “I am reveling in this moment and am eager for more!”
  7. Raise the happiness barAsk yourself:  How Good Can I Stand It?  How much joy, abundance, fun, health and healing and…..and….and….will I allow to pour into my life today?  This moment?  The more you focus on the joy, goodness and well-being already in your life, the more you allow God/Source to bring you more!  Daily intention:  How good can I stand it?  Today I am allowing even more joy, abundance, fun, health and healing into my life!
  8. Trust your path.  Rob Wiltshire,Yes, you are walking on your very own Joy path!  You may not recognize it due to years of gathering soot from negative thoughts and beliefs, but it is there!  Trust the moments of your day when you feel happiness and joy, as they are the compass that leads you to ‘living’ and ‘making every minute count’.  Daily intention:  “Today, I let myself experience my joy-full path.  I know that my happiness and joy is my trustworthy compass leading me to the ‘real’ me and the life of my dreams.”
  9. Love.  Love is the most powerful energy there is.  It is everywhere……always.  Live your moments by increasing your awareness of the Universal Love that surrounds you.  Allow it in.  Absorb it.  Practice and playfully give Love to yourself and others throughout the day.  Daily intention:  “I intentionally and joyfully receive the Love that surrounds me.  I send love to you/me knowing that you/I will use it for your/my highest good.”
  10. Focus on Now.  There is no better way (or habit) for really ‘living’ than being present in the moment.James Barker  Observe and experience what you are feeling, sensing and thinking, then choose what you prefer to focus upon.  Living intentionally in ‘the Now’ is where all the expansion, joy, fun, growth and happiness of life dwells!  Daily intention:  “Realize deeply that the present moment is all I have. I am making the NOW the primary focus of my life.” – Eckhart Tolle (edited)

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:  Play with each the above – focus on one each day, week or even month.  These are habits and all habits take practice and focus.  But mostly, have fun……….

Here is to experiencing your life… moment by moment by moment –Joan Kappes8 28 14

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Life Has a Message for You – Now!

Life has a message for you!  See leaping exercises below for decoding instructions.

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Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Decode your unique message from ‘Life’! deoderringSlowly and consciously read each word above. Be open to receiving the message/invitation it has for you (each person will be given their own unique gift). Spend 10 minutes journaling the message and the gift it has for you. (If you need some prompts, here are a few ideas: Did Life call you to ‘do’ something? Did Life call you to ‘be’? Did Life call you to ‘decide’ or ‘let go’? What did you see, hear, notice, think? How do you feel after receiving this message – judged, obligated, challenged, invigorated, curious, accepted, loved, relieved, etc? How will responding to your unique message/invitation change you and/or the quality of your life? Would it be helpful to spend additional time with this message to more clearly understand the gift?  This is your very own, one-of-a-kind message!  Check it often as the coding and meaning will change!

Here is to your experiencing the gift of your now!! –  moment by moment by moment – Joan Kappes

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Celebrating 4 Years at ‘The Edge!’

This month is a celebration of my 4th year of Come to the Edge Today“!  We have shared many adventures via these reflections, coaching, ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ radio show! and contributing author for ‘Dare to be Authentic‘   THANK YOU for partaking in this amazing journey with me where together we leap and remember our joy!   In honor of all of you fellow “leapers”, I’d like to share with you the prayer that has been my life’s inspiration – The Prayer of St. Francis.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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May we come to know that we are One – When I console you, I am consoled.  When I strive to understand you, I am understood.  When I love you, I am loved.  Thank you for helping me to experience this……….

Thrilled to share life with you at “The Edge” – Joan Kappes

 

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Your Mid Summer Play-Status Update

This is your mid Summer play-status check-in.

dog8This past winter millions of us in one form or another boldly proclaimed, “I CAN’T WAIT for summer!  I am going to enjoy the heat, get outside and do whatever I want”!

We are now past the halfway mark of summer.  How is it going?  Are you playing, relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, embarking on new adventures?  How about that outdoor Sunday nap you dreamed of or that stroll in a beautiful garden or woods?  How many times have you fired up the grill or campfire?  What about camping, boating, golf, baseball, swimming, spending leisure time with family and friends or other summer activities you dreamed about this past winter? What did you promise yourself you would do last January when confronted with more snow, ice and cold?  Have you experienced any of them?

dog8If not, now is the perfect time to make your list (filling in dates on the calendar so you will make time for them).  There is still time!  Come to the Edge Today!, take that summer leap and do it now!

A reminder:  YOU ARE WORTH IT!  Live your life now!

If you need to give yourself permission, below is a handy permission slip for you to use.

Today’s ‘leaping exercise’:  Make your list of what you dream about doing each summer.  Get your calendar out and commit!  Then, go have the time of your life!

Enjoy these ‘Lazy, Hazy, Crazy days of Summer! – Joan Kappes

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Come to the Edge today!

Field Trip Permission Form

 

I give myself permission to attend a field trip to: (or other desired activity)

 

Date:                                       Time:

 

Location:

Cost:

Transportation:

Notes:

 

Signed:__________________________________

 

Please sign and display this permission slip in a prominent place in your home:

 

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Your Lens on the World

arztsamui2Imagine you live in a world where everyone must wear eye glasses in order to experience life.  The optometrist does not prescribe the lenses, each person does………through their thoughts.  In this world each thought can instantaneously change the lens to whatever the thought dictates.  The wearer has complete control over which lenses will be used. Each lens provides the means for the thought to come to light.

This is a magical world!  Anything can be created and experienced through this system:  Beauty, unlimited creativity, inventions, adventure, perseverance, passion, joy, love, intimacy, happiness, hope,winnond freedom, oneness as well as despair, hopelessness, confusion, blockages of love, separation, lack, self- hatred, fear.  Anything is possible.  And because it works through the ease of the thought/lens interplay, it can and is changed instantaneously, hundreds of times each day.

In this world, each person has complete control over which lens they will view through.  This control is attained by simply (yet powerfully) becoming aware of where they are focusing their thoughts.  This is a huge piece of information because the lens is the portal and the means for how life will be experienced.  This is why each person’s experience is unique (even if the activity or event is experienced simultaneously with another).

Suat EmanThere was a long period of time when the people of this world thought the lenses were supplied by the optometrist.  They even believed that the lenses were supplied by the boss, the spouse, the lover, the neighbor, the economy and even by bad or good luck.  It never arztsamui3occurred to them that they were given the glasses and lenses as a gift of the Creator to be used as tools to play, grow, create and co-create with others AND to re-discover the wonder of who they really are.

One by one, the people began to awaken to this gift of the lens.  They began practicing and playing with the lenses.  They tried them on, experimenting with each one, then deliberately choosing which lenses they preferred.  Viewing through lenses of choice is now making a monumental difference in the quality of their life and the quality of their world.  They are expanding and growing and ‘living’ in ways that were once beyond their wildest dreams!

dan4This world is our world!  These glasses are our glasses.  These lenses are our gift.  Are you ready to play and experiment with some new ones?  Try ‘em on, use them consistently and see what happens!

 

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Notice!  Become aware of the lenses that you currently use throughout zirconicussoyour day.  Spend several days noticing and discovering which lenses you use most.  Then, from the list below (or make your own), write the top 10 lenses you intend to use.  Place this list in several locations so you see them often.   Purchase a pair of glasses (any kind will do) and remove the lenses.  Place the frames in a prominent spot (kitchen, auto, work, etc.) as a reminder that you decide which lenses in which to view and experience your world!  Have fun and play!

Partial list of lenses:

Fear, Grief, Depression, Despair, Powerlessness, Insecurity, Guilt, Unworthiness, Jealousy, Hatred, Rage, Revenge, Anger, Discouragement, Blame, Worry, Doubt, Disappointment, Overwhelment, Frustration, Irritation, Impatience, Pessimism, Boredom, Contentment, Hopefulness, Optimism, Positive Expectation, Belief, Enthusiasm, Eagerness, Happiness, Passion, Joy, Appreciation, Empowered, Freedom, Love

Lookin’ good in your rose colored glasses! – Joan Kappes

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