Subject: Success and Enrichment

Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Monday, June 1, 2000
Issue #25


1. Welcome Notes
2. Success and Enrichment
3. Coaching: How Are You Shoulding On Yourself?
5. Reading for the Journey
6. A Special Olympics Story

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the first summer edition of Celebrating The
Journey! The purpose of CTJ continues to be to provide
you with tools for Celebrating Your Journey. And in
honor of the irresistible call of warm sunshine and green
grass, rolling ocean waves and shaded hiking trails,
barbecues with friends and summer vacations, the
summer CTJ will be shorter, its structure more variable,
sometimes downright brief!

My wish is for CTJ to be a part of your celebration of this
very special time of year when we have the opportunity to
fill our lives with play and fun and warmth – both inside
and out. Let the spirit of Summer Vacation infuse your
life, whether you are on an actual holiday or not. Enjoy
the glory of the season!

As always, I want to welcome our new subscribers and
express my thanks to all of you who pass CTJ along to
your friends and coworkers. I celebrate all 840 of you!

2. Success and Enrichment

10 days ago I reprinted an article by Phil Humbert entitled
How To Have The Life You Really Want. Celebrating The
Journey, my work, and my life are about exactly that, and
yet Phil’s article stirred up my insides in an unexpected

I had been aware for several months that something was
missing in my life; something was slightly askew; that my
life didn’t fit me quite right. The questions I asked myself
based on Phil’s article led me to the clarity that I had
brought some “should’s” into my life around the
importance of money and how I was earning it.

I had created a definition of success that was more
someone else’s than mine. As my readers and clients and
audiences know, I am big on listening to our hearts and
following our dreams. And I discovered I wasn’t doing
that! I was being very productive and responsible,
focusing on growing my business in a new way and… I
was doing it for all the wrong reasons.

I was doing it to earn money rather than to live my own
vision and enrich the lives of the people around me. I put
lots of energy into building my practice in order to earn
more money, and had little energy left to enrich the world
and my own life! The joy of working with my clients was
hidden behind the effort to get more of them. More
energy was going out than in. I became tired and
depressed and didn’t know why. And – surprise! – I was
earning less money!

Being financially responsible is a necessary part of our
lives. However, when money becomes the driving force,
it costs us an enormous amount of energy. Our “energy
cup” becomes empty and we have little left to give. This is
not very attractive, and clients/coworkers/friends go
away. We end up accomplishing the exact opposite of
what we are striving for.

Success for me is about much more than money. It is
about joy and freedom and contentment; about time and
space; about community and connection; about being in
the outdoors; about enriching the world.

And so I am simplifying my life; focusing on having the
life I want rather than on having a lifestyle; having more
fun using less resources to do it; working in a way that
fills me rather than drains me. I have rediscovered my
own definition of success and am living it.

And it has changed everything!

3. Coaching: How Are You Shoulding On Yourself?

What are you doing in your life because you think you
should? Make a list. Quit doing them! This doesn’t mean
quitting your job and running away from home. It does
mean examining your motives and values and creating a
life based on them rather than on those of other people.

Write down your heart’s definition of success. What
action can you take today to create that in your life?

How can you enrich the world today?


You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in
order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater
vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You
are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself
if you forget the errand.
Woodrow Wilson

It is life’s enrichments rather than the riches of life that
bring us true contentment.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Success is knowing who you are, and developing a life
that is truly, uniquely, your own.
Phil Humbert

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is
who you are.
Ancient Chinese Proverb

Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole
purpose of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler

5. Reading For The Journey

Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav.

With lucidity and elegance Zukav explains that we, as a
species, are evolving from a base of external power to one
of authentic power which is founded in the perceptions
and values of the spirit. Using his scientist’s eye and
philosopher’s heart, Zukav shows how infusing the
activities of life with reverence, compassion, and trust
makes than come alive with meaning and purpose.

This is essential reading on the journey to discovering
and creating what true success means for each of us. We
are all on a remarkable journey to our spirit. This book
describes that journey in a way that is inviting and
transformational. Let Gary Zukav tell you how to discover
and live the life you REALLY want, a life based on your
soul’s desires. You will never be the same! Order it in
paperback for only $6.50:
or hardback for $16.80:

6. They Are, Indeed, The Special Olympics

This story has been circulating around the internet for a
while, and I thought it pertinent enough to today’s theme
to include here. Enjoy.

A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics,
nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled,
assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a
dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish
and win. All, that is, except one little boy who
stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of
times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the
boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. Then they
all turned around and went back. Every one of them.
One girl with Down’s Syndrome bent down and kissed
him and said: “This will make it better.” Then all
nine linked arms and walked together to the finish
line. Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering
went on for several minutes. People who were there are
still telling the story. Why? Because deep down we
know this one thing: What matters in this life is
more than winning for ourselves. What matters in
this life is helping others win, even if it means
slowing down and changing our course.

Give yourself the gift of Enrichment this week.

Namaste, Margo

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“At every moment of our life we have an
opportunity to choose joy.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Margo Chisholm
Coach, Speaker, Author, Therapist
Partnering you in having success,
freedom and joy in all areas of your life
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