This weekend I had the privilege of being at a training with Brendon Burchard in California.  I met the most incredible people from all over the globe.  People who are working to get their message out to the world.  I met a beautiful woman from Iran,  Maral.  She speaks to the world that we need to end wars.  I met a wonderful couple from Ottawa Canada, Vladimir and Carlentz.  He is a relationship expert and has a program to help couples have the best relationship possible.  His wife is going to be teaching women how to bring the joy back to cooking.  I met Chris, a martial artist who studied with one of Bruce Lee's students.  He now has written books and teaches martial arts in the style of Bruce Lee.  Chris' Jeet Kune Do is an organization dedicated to perpetuating the search for martial truth that Bruce Lee began in his lifetime.  What a gift to meet such gifted people and hear their stories.  Then on the plane,  I met Ana Lisa.  What a spirit!  She is a mom to 8, has goats, and chickens, and works with clients as a BodyTalk practitioner.  (And she finds time to exercise every morning!)  She was returning from a training herself.  It made my hair stand on end when she told me her story. The universe sure works in mysterious ways and I truly believe there are no accidents.  I am familiar with BodyTalk, and we knew some of the same people.  I really feel that I have made connections this weekend that will form lifelong friendships. 

 Brendon is not only a business leader and marketing expert,  he is a gifted motivational speaker.  There was something he said that resonated so strongly with me.  He said, "you don't have to be perfect, but you better be perfectly you".  Wow.  When I was much younger,  I thought I had to be perfect.  I thought I had to look perfect, and act a certain way, have the perfect house and fold the towels perfectly. UGH. Why do we do that to ourselves?   I guess it's part of being human,  part of what Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, calls 'the dream'.   But I've learned as I've gotten older that perfection is an illusion.  It is in our imperfection that we are perfect.  

So this week, my W.O.W. (word of the week) is perfection.  

  1. 1.
    the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

    I found the perfect quote that sums it up beautifully.
    I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered... we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are. 
    Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.” 
    ― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free
    This week, let's all celebrate everyone's perfect imperfections, especially our own. 



+1 #5 Kristiane 2013-09-30 16:50
John and I so much enjoyed meeting you at the Brendon Burchard event. We are looking forward to reconnecting :-)
+1 #4 Wendy 2013-09-26 23:57
This makes me *ile -- you are so positive, and always, it's con*gious. :D
+1 #3 budd 2013-09-26 19:26
Hey Barb, you have such a won*rful ability in meeting people who are involved in such great things. Some of these emcoun*rs can be life changing for you as well as for them. I truly believe this is why you are such a great *acher. it,s a pleasure to learn from you. i am healthier and wiser because of you, Thanks!!!
0 #2 barb 2013-09-26 16:25
Thanks so much *b for the comment. I am so happy that the W.O.W's inspire you. You are inspiring to me!!! Hugs!
+1 #1 Deb McIntyre 2013-09-26 15:04
Your WOW always inspires me to reflect a little *eper within myself. This week especially, your word resona*s with the journey I am on. I of*n strive for other's perfection, forgetting that who I am in the moment is perfect just the way I am, even with my flaws. Your word remin*d me to s*p back, *ke a *ep breathe, and always be con*nt with who I am.
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