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Mary Morrissey Mary Morrissey Author. Speaker. Empowerer.

Best-selling author Mary Morrissey has been a consultant for over 30 years. Her transformational talks and seminars have made her one of the world's leading teachers in the human potential movement. [www.marymorrissey.com]

Years ago, I began a practice I call My Daily To Be Guide. A lot of people write out a To Do list, but not a To Be list. Every day when I wake up I remind myself that this is a brand new baby day. It has never happened before. I’m never going to get it again. It’s a completely blank space on the page of the book of my life. What will I write? Who do I want to be today? What activities will serve who I want to be? I write down my answers as my day’s To Be Guide. I write the qualities, the energies I want to be as I go about my day. It’s not a long list – only four or five things, usually.

I’ve discovered that the meaning of my daily life is that it’s a journey, not a destination. Everything is created twice – in the mind or imagination and then in the physical world. Words become experiences. We each get to invent our day, every day, but most of us keep creating the same invention over and over again. My To Be Guide helps me convert the words of what I want to be into the experience of my day.

The content of life is actually life’s curriculum. In math class, we knew we were going to have problems to deal with. The problems were the means by which we understood and learned ever more and became skilled. Our daily lives do the same thing. Each day gives us access to what we need to know, to the capacity we have to be bigger than our current circumstances.

I have a little spiritual tool kit, as I call it, which I use when my internal radio feels like it’s tuned to static, when I’m thinking from the problem rather than the solution. One of the reminders in my kit is something Eleanor Roosevelt said. She was regularly and mercilessly beaten up by the press. She was not considered to be pretty. She was tall and gangly and had the audacity to have her own thoughts in a time when women – in particular, the First Lady – were expected to be more of a typical wife. She said, “All the water in the world can’t drown you unless it gets inside of you.” I love that. It’s one of the thoughts that helps me stay in tune with my best self and be who I want to be.

– Mary Morrissey

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