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The KEY: Acts of Kindness

As this year comes to a close and a new year and decade begin, we wish you all the good things you worked for and wish for yourself. Living is the greatest gift there is. There is no owner manual. You write your own as you proceed. We wish for you that the next chapter you write is as adventurous and fulfilling as you hope it will be.

I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. There are many things that deserve and have my gratitude. In particular, in this season of giving thanks, five things that I am grateful for are:

  1. My family. They allow me to be the person I am and give me meaning and purpose.
  2. My clients. They give me opportunity and trust me in our collaborations.
  3. My community of friends. They help me grow and enrich my life with significance.
  4. My teachers. They remind me I’ve only just begun and challenge me to new developments.
  5. Acts of kindness. They make life possible. I was helped by a million acts of kindness, by many people on many occasions, many of whom were strangers. Some helped my next step. Some opened a door that was locked. Some brought comfort. Some rescued me when I was at the end of my rope. Some have literally saved my life. I am here today because of a million acts of kindness. Thank you.

Read the Key Here.

© Aviv Shahar

Update Yourself

Today is 08.08.08. It is Sara’s birthday. Thank you for being here.

This is a good day for a UY celebration. What’s a UY celebration? UY stands for Update Yourself. I feel like updating myself today. The beauty of a UY celebration is that you can choose to have it any day of the year. It doesn’t have to be a national holiday. You can make it your national or family holiday, or if you want, you can make it your own personal holiday.

Today I feel like having a UY celebration. Not because the Beijing Olympics begins today but because it’s a good day. What do I do on my UY Celebration day? I take time to relax. Take in a deep breath. Let go of worry. Say thank you for having special people in my life. Appreciate the beauty around me. Marvel at the miraculous nature of life. Smile. Laugh. Live in the moment. Appreciate what’s been made possible. Appreciate great teachers that have blessed this world. Appreciate great teachers that have blessed me.

Update Yourself Day is a day to give yourself a new permission. Permission to be new. To let go of what did not work yesterday and to be ready and open to new ideas and opportunities today. Every day begins fresh. You can start fresh too. UY day is a day to ask new questions. To embrace the innocence of hope. To know that all is well. That the only ‘perfect’ is what is; that ‘should’ is a chimera of the mind.

Life is too short and too precious for ‘shoulds’. Too precious to give up on being new. Too precious to worry about the good opinion of others. Too precious to give up loving and laughing.

UY day is a day to dare. To dare to be true. ‘Truth can hurt but it sets us free’. To dare to step in the place of naked truth. To step into the place of communion. To enjoy the complete mandate of being alive and being given the power to choose. Something mighty wants you and me to have a full run. To not be lesser than our fullest. Yes, this is Update Yourself Day.

Will you give yourself a UY day?

© Aviv Shahar

The Seven Lucks

The 1st luck is to be healthy and able.
The 2nd luck is to have food on your table and a roof over your head; to not suffer cold and deprivation.
The 3rd luck is to be able to work, to be productive and to add value.
The 4th luck is to enjoy companionship and love, to know you are not alone.
The 5th luck is to have someone who believes in you completely and unreservedly. (Having this 5th luck at an early age shows up later as an adult with healthy self-esteem and confidence.)
The 6th luck is to have discovered your gift and your passion; to have found what exhilarates and energizes you.
The 7th luck is to discover why you are here, what causes you are meant to serve – to live on purpose, knowing that your life matters and is an expression of the divine reason for your being here.

© Aviv Shahar

A thru Z (A2Z) Blessings

Dear Friend:

Here are New Year A thru Z (A2Z) Blessings. I wish you for 2008 all you wish for yourself and more… Please forward this message to friends, family and associates.

A – Act Audaciously, Align All Assets Adaptively, and Assimilate Adventurous Achievements…

B – Be Bright & Bold, Banish Blame, Be Benevolent, Bring Blooming Benefits, Biography Becomes Biology, Begin Believe Beyond Best…

C – Clarify Core Commitments, Cultivate Confident Charisma, Communicate Congruent Courage, Connect Consciously, Create, Create, Create…

D – Develop Decisive Drive, Deliver Disciplined Diligence, Dare Dreaming Defiantly, Dawn Dance Divinely…

E – Enjoy Effective Expression, Encourage Eagerly Evolutionary Engagement, Energize Everything & Earn Eternity…

F – Foster Fidelity & Fairness, Focus Fresh Forces, Find Fineness, Facilitate Freedom & Forgiveness…

G – Generate Genuine Gratitude, Get Great Growth Goals, Give God’s Gentle Grace Generously…

H – Have Humility; Honor Humanity & Honesty; Help Herald Happiness, Humor & Hope…

I – Initiate Inspired Intensity; Invite Intuition & Integrity, Improve Intactness; Imagine Industrious Innovation…
J – Join Joyous Job, Journey Joyfully…

K – Keep Kaleidoscopic Keys, Keen Knowing Kindle Kind…

L – Listen & Learn, Let-go & Liberate, Live Lightly, Love & Laugh, Lead Loyally & Leave a Legacy…

M – Motivate Mastery, Mentor Meaningful Maturity; Make Momentous Mark, Marvel Mindful Magnanimity…

N – Nurture Neutrality, Negotiate Neatly & Nobly, Negate Nonsense, Nest Next New Nucleus…

O – Offer Opportunity, Operate Openly, Oppose Oppression, Observe Organic Order, Optimize Operations Optimistically…

P – Proceed Persistently; Pray Peacefully, Progress Passionately (with) Purposeful Practicality…

Q – Quest Quality, Question Quantity, Quilt Quiet Quiescence…

R – Recover Resourceful Resilience, Reframe Responsibility, Redeem Risk-taking, Respect Robust Resolution…

S – Secure Steady Service, Support Sound Serenity & Spiritedness, Seek Simplicity, Strengthen Spontaneity…

T – Train & Task Top Talent, Take Transitional Toughness & Thoughtful Tolerance, Thank Truth Tranquilly, Trust Throughout Transformation…

U – Understand Ubiquity…

V – View Vast Vistas, Volunteer Vigor, Vitality & Valor, Venture Versatile Vision, Voice Valiant Values…

W – Warm Wellness, Work Wealth & Wake Wisdom…

X – eXecute, eXecute, eXecute…

Y – Yarn Youthful Yearning…

Z – Zestful Zeal…

Sincerely,
© Aviv Shahar

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