Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Monday, October 17, 2005

On Being Sick

I hate being sick, therefore I am a terrible patient. I was suddenly struck down on Friday with a mysterious virus that made my throat hurt so badly I could only eat soup. This unwelcomed visitor gave me a fever and sent me to bed at 8 pm. Meanwhile, I was due to make a presentation Saturday morning to a wonderful group of women. What to do? Well, I couldn't just relax into being sick. The running monologue in my head was "I don't have time to be sick. How will I be ready for tomorrow. I just can't be sick. This stinks. I've got important things to do." Fortunately, I had been working on my presentation all week and it was ready to go. Though I still wasn't feeling super-duper, I went to my engagement and gave an acceptable (though not spectacular) presentation.

Now that I am feeling 100% better, I am amazed at the opportunity I missed to just be sick. Whatever it was that attacked my system simply was not interested in how important I thought I was or the fact that I just did not want to be sick. See, I forgot all about that thing called Acceptance. There wasn't one thing I could do to make myself "not sick" but I continued to behave and think as if there were. What a silly notion. I could have laid in bed, rightfully asked to be waited on just a little and slept slept slept. That actually sounds pretty good-doesn't it? Maybe next time this happens (and with a three year-old in the house it certainly will!), I'll spend my time and energy on these things. Hmmm...maybe I'll even gather a little stash of goodies I get to break out the next time I run a fever. I really like the sound of that!

Find something extraordiary in today!


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Audio on Websites

You know I just hate it when I go to a website and loud obnoxious music starts to play or worse, someone starts talking to me. I cut the volume instantly and it makes me think less of the website rather than more! Trouble is, all the so-called marketing experts will tell you that your voice on your website is a must-do. I refuse. I hate it, so I figure all my site visitors would to!

As usual, Suzanne Falter-Barns in her blog Painless Self-Promotion tackles this problem head-on. She is taking a survey to see if most people like it or most people hate it. I've already logged in my thoughts-I invite you to do the same.

As fall begins to sweep across the country, I hope you will take a moment to breathe in the cool air and notice the changing landscape. It is an extraordinary thing to behold!

Find something extraordinary in today!


Thursday, October 06, 2005

"I Am Blessed"

The other day I traveled to a Salvation Army headquarters to take some clothes to the victims of Katrina. My week has been less than satisfying (one of the many reasons I have not posted sooner this week!), so during my drive my brain really chewed on all that was wrong in my world. While I was waiting to speak with the director of the center, I heard her greet a woman who had come to seek assistance. Mind you this woman lost everything and had two small children at her skirts. Here is what I heard:

Mrs. Director, "Good morning. How are you?"
Woman Who Lost Everything: "I am blessed today. How are you?"

You could have knocked me over with a feather. This woman had every right and even permission to list all that was wrong with her world. But she chose to respond with "I am blessed." I can't stop thinking about her and how pathetic my life complaints are in the grand scheme of things. So, I've decided to try to immulate her. When I fall into my pattern of complaining to myself, I will stop and say, "I am blessed." Does it stop the chatter? Sometimes. At least is it something new. I am working up my nerve now to say "I am blessed." to the next person who asks how I am. I'll let you know how it goes!

Along those same lines, I am re-reading Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban BreathnachIt is a book of daily meditations by a woman who gets it. She works from home, has a family and yearns for something more in her life. Reading her soothing words calms my soul like having a conversation with a good friend, I highly recommend it.

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