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What if? March 31, 2020

Filed under: Health,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:33 am
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I got the question on linkedin from a friend: “0 to 10…..0 is not serious and 10 is extremely serious…what do you rate what the world is going through?”

My take is this: “Nothing we can’t handle or survive – but serious enough for a wakeup call to do things differently in the future. Hopefully it will bring along great outcomes as well – for the planet and humans. 5? You?”

And I get this reading below back – you may already have read it – I have to share it. First post here in over 5 years.

A blog (some call it a poem) by Gurpreet Gill.

What If?​

There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19.​

And, what if…​

If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work…​

That all is interconnected.​

What if…​

the virus is here to help us?​

To reset.
To remember.​

What is truly important.​

Reconnecting with family and community.​

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.​

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.​

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time).​

Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.​

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.​

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?​

A reset economically.​

The working poor. The lack of healthcare access for over 30 million in the US. The need for paid sick leave.​

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?​

To face our mortality — check back into “living” life rather than simply working, working, working.​

To reconnect with our elders, who are so susceptible to this virus.​

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.​

The presence of Grace for all.​

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?​

What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?​

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/ more kind to our environment.​

An offering from my heart this morning. Offered as another perspective. Another way of relating to this virus, this unfolding, this evolution.​

It was time for a change, we all knew that.​

And, change has arrived.​

What if…​

 

 

Runic Love Quote October 3, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 9:51 am
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Looked for a Viking poem for a wedding and found this Runic love quote. Simple and sincere, short and sweet.

B465, before 1198
mun:þumik:man:(ek)þik:un:þu:mer:an:ekþ(er)

Mun þú mik,
man ek þik.
Unn þú mér,
ann ek þér.

‘Remember me,
I remember you.
Love me,
I love you’.

b465

 

When Ellen met Elias. “OMG” January 26, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration,Loving Life — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 7:23 pm
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A TV guest that won’t be forgotten – and a video snippet you would not want to miss. When Ellen met Elias.

I encourage all of us to “do an Elias” per day. Just blurb your excitement out! And if we can identify what we are awesome at, just like Elias – that would be amazing.

Be yourself. Be different, and cool. Be inspired.

Johanna

 

Racing is Life January 23, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:59 pm
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I just stumbled over the artist Catrine Näsmark‘s flicker account. I just love her art. Or as her husband says, “It is not paintings she does – it is story telling”. It is. And maybe that is why I appreciate it so much.

The story, the humor, the playfulness, the small details, and the largeness in the big size canvases.

Visit the Flickr account and see for yourselves. Enjoy the ride.

And, is Racing life?

Johanna

Watch this movie with optional english captions.

 

Be Creative. Make a Difference. November 19, 2013

Filed under: Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 12:19 pm
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BeCreativeBeDifferent

A picture says more than thousand words.
A bouquet of flowers speaks (above the) millions as well.

 

BatKid Day Forever! November 15, 2013

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A 5-year old’s wish to Make-A-Wish-Foundation was shared, it got some supporters who shared it – and in just a few weeks a whole city was involved to make this boy’s wish come true: to be Batkid.

This morning San Francisco’s Police Chief Greg Suhr called the boy named Miles into service help fight crime. As Batkid he rescued a woman from cable car tracks in Nob Hill and captured the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown bank. He even rescued the San Francisco Giants mascot — Lou Seal — who was kidnapped by the Penguin.Mayor Ed Lee gave Miles the key to the city, and announced “November 15 The BatKid Day Forever”. 10,000 volunteers had registered to be involved to turn San Francisco into Gotham City – and in the end many more than that showed up.

Question to the father: “How do you think this wish come through for Miles will impact Miles and your family?”
Father: “He has been in remission since June after 3 years of fighting cancer. With this we got closure. This is a great way to kick it off”.

“The San Francisco Chronicle issued a special edition cover which devoted their entire front page to the young superhero. The headline for the lead story is “Batkid Saves City.” The author? None other than Clark Kent. The other front page stories, all about Batkid, are written by Lois Lane, Brenda Starr and Perry White.”

Even the President of the United States was involved via Twitter and Vine.

Question to you: “How do you think this wish come through for Miles will impact you and your family?”

Make a wish. Make a wish come through. A little dose of hero inspiration.

Johanna

 

Do you have time for life? November 14, 2013

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 7:02 am
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Are you a type A mom, being on a schedule all the time, to complete all you need, with the best of results?

Are you at the same time pulling your children along, keeping up with your tempo? Are you aware of the impact that may have on them?

The story in this article “The day I stopped saying “Hurry up!” can’t be unusual. It wouldn’t get that many (+1 million) likes and hundred thousands of shares and pins if that wasn’t the case.

Read or listen and reflect. What can you do, to start appreciate the qualities of the young individuals in our lives, and give more time for those to flourish, and start living in today.

[…] Whenever my child caused me to deviate from my master schedule, I thought to myself, “We don’t have time for this.” Consequently, the two words I most commonly spoke to my little lover of life were: “Hurry up.” […]

HurryUp

[…] My promise to slow down was made almost three years ago, at the same time I began my journey to let go of daily distraction and grasp what matters in life. And living at a slower pace still takes a concerted effort. My younger daughter is my living reminder of why I must keep trying. In fact, the other day, she reminded me once again.

The two of us had taken a bike ride to a sno-cone shack while on vacation. After purchasing a cool treat for my daughter, she sat down at a picnic table delightedly admiring the icy tower she held in her hand.

Suddenly a look of worry came across her face. “Do I have to rush, Mama?”

I could have cried. Perhaps the scars of a hurried life don’t ever completely disappear, I thought sadly.

As my child looked up at me waiting to know if she could take her time, I knew I had a choice. I could sit there in sorrow thinking about the number of times I rushed my child through life… or I could celebrate the fact that today I’m trying to do thing differently.

I chose to live in today.[…]

Racy May Stafford, Huffington Post

Thank you to those sharing experiences that can help others realize and learn the same, without doing the same or more damage to ourselves and / or others.

Slow down. Live now.

Johanna

 

FaceRaped? or FaceLoved? November 13, 2013

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 5:15 pm
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Have you ever been faceraped? I have difficulties looking at that word, because it doesn’t look like a joke to me. But that is what it is. And it can be quite funny, depending on the content.

Facerape:
The act of abusing someone’s Facebook account on a computer where they have left themselves logged in. Usually results in a change of status proclaiming their sudden change in sexuality, as well as numerous wall posts to friends containing bizzare messages.
I left my Facebook account signed in on Jacob’s computer last night and he completely Faceraped me!


Face LoveEarlier this week I left my Facebook account logged-in at a friend of mine’s computer. As I realized it later I just sent a note asking if he could log out of it. What I get back is:

“I did log and close down your facebook page – but not before changing your status to “[A complete heart stroking compliment]”  😀 “

My face transformed to a big smile. The whole mental state shifted at some fundamental level. My body posture and the energy I had was different. And it lasted.

I don’t think I am the only one who reacts this way to an out-of-the-blue compliment. So if this sharing would inspire you to think a moment of the people around you, the positive about the next person you meet maybe, and share it with him or her – then I am complete. 

Pay it forward – share the smiles. Post a public recognition to someone in your own name. FaceLove – yes!
Johanna

 

Digging Gold in the USA November 8, 2013

At some point it’s time to stop counting the years… But it’s 18 years ago that I travelled with Rönninge Show Chorus for the first time to compete in the international barbershop contest. 120 of the 150 choir members came along. My mom joined as our medical doctor. The big arena in New Orleans was the stage.

We had trained hard, been coached by the best, and our own musical director was one of them: Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl. Later on she was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sweet Adeline International. Another one was a male coach who had trained world class golf players. [visualization!] We got judged in four categories: sound, music, expression and showmanship.

One song from the final package was “One moment in time”, originally sang by Whitney Houston. When I hear that song today my mind is still triggered and I have straightened my spine for performance before I realize it is that music playing. Another show tune was “Gräva guld i USA”. The World Cup tune for the Swedish men’s soccer team 1994 – Digging Gold in the USA.

The soccer team came third. The choir came second. This year… may they get the gold. Last but not least in the final tomorrow in Hawaii.

Johanna
(And yes, I shared this on Facebook – so it is a back-date post… )

 

The Magic of Gratitude in Action November 4, 2013

OK – so I have had this book since the beginning of the year: The Magic, by Rhonda Byrne, who is one of the authors behind the Secret. “Ja, ja… the law of attraction crap – in your dreams.” One could think. Or one could give it a try.

So I got this book for Christmas, and I decided to give it a shot. It is a 28 day practice. Gratitude practice on different aspects of life. Starting with the past, with an aim to build a foundation, create closure to and set different situations in a enhanced supportive and positive light. Relationships, health, money, work…

I came to day #16 in the beginning of the year. And then I drifted away from my morning routine.

Last week I spoke at an event that had the theme “Freakout Moments” – for female entrepreneurs. One of the other speakers was Kariz Matic (The Matic), and the key take away from her story was: “Small or large events, every day – I meet them with gratitude”. The extreme situation she had experienced was (more…)

 

 
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