Subject: Autumn Resolutions

Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Thursday, September 7, 2000
Issue #32


1. Welcome Notes
2. Autumn Resolutions
3. Coaching: What Color Will You Change?
4. A final FEAR Acronym
6. Humor: Mahatma Gandhi
7. Resources For The Journey

1. Welcome Notes

Your receipt of 3 CTJ’s in a clump last week was a result of
my Virtual Assistant having a difficult time sending out
Celebrating The Journey. I apologize for any
inconvenience and hope you enjoyed the pieces on Fear,
Passion and Fun.

My time away on the Vision Fast was fabulous. I have
brought back some enormous, life-changing shifts in how
I experience and live in the world. I highly recommend
the experience as a way of taking a look at your life from a
whole new perspective.

The School of Lost Borders who put on my Fast does a
superb job in organizing and facilitating the process. You
can check out their Fasts and Trainings at Tell them Margo sent you!

As we reach the end of the summer my goal of 10 14ers
and 10 nights camping is almost reached. With the Vision
Fast time, I have climbed 9 14ers and plan to do Elbert on
Saturday and camped out for 15 nights. Weather
cooperating, the goal will be accomplished on Saturday.

I want to welcome all of you who have subscribed to CTJ
in the three weeks I was away. You now have a real
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2. Autumn: A Time for New Colors

In the entry for September 1 in her book “Simple
Abundance”, Sarah Ban Breathnach quotes Elizabeth Fite
from a 1949 issue of Good Housekeeping:

“‘What we need in autumn is an emotional or
spiritual shot in the arm. Why do you suppose so
many of us waste the autumn? Why don’t we make
the effort that would provide something new in our
lives?’ January’s negative resolutions ‘are made when
we are worn out in spirit, body, and pocketbook, and
have no real urge to do anything but rest.'”

Ms. Breathnach makes the distinction between January
resolutions which are about will and need and “shoulds”
and September resolutions which are about authentic

I love this idea! The idea that, just as Mother Nature is
changing her colors, so can we create new colors for our
personal leaves in the last quarter of the year. Colors that
are blended from the warm reds and yellows and oranges
of Nature’s leave or from the bright purples and greens
and pinks of desire and love, Self care and adventure.

So many New Year’s resolutions originate in the heavy
greyness that often seems associated with January. How
often have you kept your New Year’s Resolutions for
more than a few days or, at best, a few weeks?

I’m not keen on the word “resolution” in the first place. It
has a sense of will and clenched fist and forced
commitment in it. So why not change a personal color in
this fall season instead? From desire rather than force.
>From self-love rather than appearance. From the heart
rather than the head.

3. Coaching: What Color Will You Change?

What color will you change to celebrate your journey this

What would you like more of or less of in order to love
your life more?

Perhaps it’s as simple as taking a walk every day, even
(especially!) in the rain or snow. Or spending one-on-one
time with your pet (I know no better way of feeling loved
than lying still with an animal who loves you). It might
be giving your creative Self occasion to grow each day:
time with music or painting or writing. How about 15
minutes sitting quietly, eye-to-eye with your Beloved?

What do you really want for your Self this autumn?

So many ideas, so many colors. Close your eyes and see
the beautiful forest that is your life. The leaves are
beginning to turn from their shiny green to golds and reds
and yellows. Subtly still, yet changing. One tree calls to
you. Its colors are changing faster than the others. Perhaps
they are different than the other trees: turquoise or fuschia
or bright purple. Which tree is it? What colors is it
showing? What is it asking you to change?

We don’t need to wait until the New Year to change the
colors of our lives. Honor your Self by asking your heart
what new color it wants to bring into your life. Then pick
up your Life paintbrushes and create!

4. A Final FEAR Acronym

After I published the FEAR Acronyms you sent me, I
came across this bumper sticker. It might be the best one of all!

Forgetting Everything’s All Right!


Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophical, but I will
say that if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs,
you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of
noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And
therefore, as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living.
You’ve got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be
noisy and colorful and lively.
Mel Brooks

Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color,
sounds, and work that nourish you.

In the power to change yourself is the power to change the
world around you.
Anwar Sadat

To change is difficult; not to change is fatal.
John Sherwood

6. Humor: Mahatma Gandhi

This bubble of laughter came from my sister, Barb Young.
I don’t know the original source. Thanks, Barb, for the
great giggle!

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of
the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on
his feet.

He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and
with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

This made him what?

A super callused fragile mystic plagued with halitosis.

7. Resources For The Journey

This is the companion website for Sarah Ban Breathnach’s
book, “Simple Abundance.” It is chock full of resources
and tools for you to claim and honor your Authentic Life.
If you’re not familiar with the Simple Abundance books
and calendars, this site will be a delightful surprise. If you
know Ban Breathnach’s work, this site is a great addition
to the simple wisdom she offers.

Bonus: “A Man’s Journey to Simple Abundance” by
Sarah Ban Breathnach and friends is being published in
November. Keep an eye out for this welcome addition to
the Simple Abundance family.

For those of you who are familiar with Sark, here is the
place to play with her on the Internet. If you are not
familiar with her and her books, please, please, take a few
minutes to go play on this website. Sark is enormously
gifted at writing and speaking about the things we all
think about and want and long for and are working on.
And she does with a sense of ecstatic joy, presented in
marvelous, bright colors. This is a great place to see what
colors you want to bring into your life this fall. Playing
with Sark is one of the best things ever!

This is the Coach U Knowledge Base. It is packed with
Coaching Tips, Tidbits, Distinctions, and Top Ten Lists on
almost any topic you can imagine. Search on a keyword or
browse this wealth of coaching wisdom. A great place to
spend a few minutes restoring your heart and energy and
let your creative Self see the colors that are possible for
your life.

Give yourself the gift of new colors this week.

Namaste, Margo

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