Living in the ‘Now’

This guest post was written by Sylvia Baldock, a Personal Presence and Team Dynamics specialist and trainer.

We met at a networking group called The Athena Network, where like-minded professional women meet over a delicious lunch once a month to share business ideas and see how we can help each other to succeed.

Sylvia is passionate about personal branding. She runs transformational workshops and webinars to enable people to establish a strong and impactful personal presence, to help them stand out from the crowd. She is one of The Athena Network’s Regional Directors and rocks a yellow outfit like no one else I know.

I’ve met many wonderful business women during my year as a member. They all have an infectious and positive attitude. I have learnt so much from women like Sylvia and totally subscribe to her opinion that people enter into our lives for a reason. Enjoy! Vx

“It’s only a phase! – You’ll come through it!”

I hear myself saying this over and over again when advising others – particularly my family when they are going through challenging times. It’s the way I deal with life’s inevitable ups and downs and I frequently quote and remind myself of the words – ‘This too shall pass’.

My daughter is currently working in a local bar saving money to go travelling and she was a bit low this morning because the Manager who she really loves (he is a great character) – is moving to another restaurant.

I heard myself commiserating and then saying: “that’s why it’s so important to make the most of where you are right now – life is full of phases and nothing stays the same for long.”

I love the following quote from Chirag Tulsiani, taken from my book – ‘From Now to WOW in 30 days’

“Life is similar to a bus ride.
 The journey begins when we board the bus.
 We meet people along our way of which some are strangers, some friends and some strangers yet to be friends.

There are stops at intervals and people board in.
 At times some of these people make their presence felt, leave an impact through their grace and beauty on us fellow passengers while on other occasions they remain indifferent.

But then it is important for some people to make an exit, to get down and walk the paths they were destined to, because if people always made an entrance and never left either for the better or worse, then we would feel suffocated and confused like those people in the bus, the purpose of the journey would lose its essence and the journey altogether would neither be worthwhile nor smooth.”

I really believe people come into our life for a reason and they have an impact on us, and the person we become, and for many, it is then time to move onto pastures new. It is important to let them go and make way for new enriching people to join us on our journey.

So, wherever you are right now and whoever is part of your life at this moment, make the most of every interaction.

People are precious – yes they can bring pain and anguish, but they can also bring incredible joy, laughter, learnings, knowledge, experience and a ‘joie de vie’ which is truly contagious.

They can enrich our lives immeasurably if we allow them and they can give us a whole fresh outlook on life and seriously impact on our future happiness and success.

If the time comes for them to move on – let them go with your blessing and be grateful they shared part of their life with you along the way.

Living fully in the ‘now’ and really appreciating the uniqueness of others, makes life so much more meaningful and magical. We accept people as they are without trying to make them be like us and in so doing, we allow them to ‘shine’ in their own unique way.

“ People may not remember what you do, they may not remember what you said but they will always remember how you made them feel.”  (Maya Angelou)

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You can visit Sylvia’s website by clicking here.

Much love, Vx