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“We have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”  ~Paul Coelho

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
What is one risk you are willing to take in your life right now?

SPH says:
“We must take risks in order to move from the realm of the status quo to the possibility of transformation, change, and yes… miracles. 
The status quo can be quite comfortable; and comfort is something that we do need in our lives for grounding and stability.  However, we must be careful to assess the nature of the status quo in our lives.  Sometimes the status quo can be so familiar that we become complacent, we close our eyes and become blind to things that are silently destructive or impairing optimal growth. There are times when we need to be willing to live within uncertainty and unfamiliarity and open our eyes to the unexpected.  And BAM…there you are– face to face with a miracle you could have never even imagined. So take the risk of living your life fully, a life filled with both comfort and uncertainty and make room for the unexpected amazingness of miracles. ”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

SPH says: “transform from within”

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To change how you are, you must transform who you are…The center of our transformation, individually and collectively, originates within and radiates out.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

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No one else is your problem. You are the locus of conversion and transformation”  ~Richard Rohr

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
Where do you locate the possibility of transformation?

SPH says:
“To change how you are, you must transform who you are.  The center of your transformation is located in the innermost core of your being and emanates from there to your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships.  Honest self-examination is the prerequisite activity for true transformation.  We must look within, through clear eyes that seek truth with humility and without fear, guilt, or shame.  We often blame and externalize, judging and putting others down– with our most harsh judgments involving the things reflect what is hiding in ourselves. We must be willing to see ugliness  and sinfulness, to see neediness and fear, to see powerlessness and insecurity, to see ignorance and unknowing, to see pridefulness and ego.  We must be willing to first see these manifestations of our humanness with compassion and forgiveness, and then see beyond them to the internal and eternal love and peace that is available to each of us.  The center of our transformation, individually and collectively, originates within and radiates out.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

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“You can make your life such a work of art that everyone who sees it will be inspired.”  ~Eknath Easwaran

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
What will you make of your life that can inspire others?

SPH says:
“Inspire others with how you live your life.”

SPH says: “practice freedom”

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We must look into our hearts and minds and evaluate how our claims of freedom and justice for all are reflected in our actions.  We must live in ways that both express and demand freedom for ourselves and for others.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

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“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”  ~William Faulkner

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
How do you practice freedom for yourself and for others?

SPH says:
“Yes, we must claim freedom. Naming and claiming are important and affirmative steps toward liberation.  But words are not enough.  We must look into our hearts and minds and evaluate how our claims of freedom and justice for all are reflected in our actions.  We must live in ways that both express and demand freedom for ourselves and for others.  We must actively practice freedom everyday because oppression hides quietly and exerts its power through our blindness and inaction.  We must actively practice freedom to disrupt the apathy of a status quo existence. We must actively practice freedom so that our lives do not fall into the shadows of freedom unrealized.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

SPH says: “live in the light”

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“Rather than hiding in the shadows, take the risk of living in the light.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

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“Everyone longs for intimacy and dreams of a nest of belonging in which one is embraced, seen, and loved.”  ~John O’Donohue

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
What are you doing to carefully build a nest of belonging in your life?

SPH says:
“Having a place where you feel seen and where you don’t have to hide parts of yourself, is like fresh air, sunlight, and freedom. We, however, have to be willing to be seen. We have to cultivate relationships where we can allow another person to first glimpse, and then see, and then love us in our full personhood. This takes courage; and accepting the reality that vulnerability comes with the possibility of painful experiences. But rather than hiding in the shadows, take the risk of living in the light! Rather than dwelling in your fears of what could go wrong and worst case scenarios, savor every moment of true connection with others. What you savor becomes internalized and will multiply its expression. Recognize that painful feelings pass (if you allow them to), and are worth the bliss of living in the fresh open air where you can be yourself , be accepted, and be affirmed– in that place of love and light where you belong.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

SPH says: “just say yes”

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“We must embrace the inevitable endings and beginnings in our lives.  Rather than resist,  JUST SAY YES and you begin to be an active co-creator of the amazing things that can emerge in your life.”  ~Shelly Prillerman Harrell

 

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“In saying yes to new beginnings, we begin to bring them forth.”  ~Marianne Williamson

The FOCUSandFLOW Life Question:
Is there something  in your life that needs your “yes”?

SPH says:
“We must embrace the inevitable endings and beginnings in our lives.  Rather than resist,  JUST SAY YES and you begin to be an active co-creator of the amazing things that can emerge in your life.”  
~Shelly Prillerman Harrell