Rise up on your “Elevator” Ride!

Jesse Jackson QuoteHow many times do you hear the saying “rise up to the occasion?”

How often do you respond and actually do it? Does it take a sales meeting, a weather related emergency, a sporting event, an advertising pitch, a failure, or a creative session? Or perhaps it takes a minor emergency with your family or a loved one?

What motivates you to RISE?

In the dance world we teach “relevé” which means ‘to rise’. (re•le•vé [rel-uh-vey; French ruhluh-vey]) For the younger student, I often refer to it as their ballet “elevator.” It will get them from a lower position to an even higher one. We can learn from this, out of habit, do you usually go to the “same floor” in your “elevator?” You go there every day, well, because…. that’s what is expected of you. You are in your comfort zone. However, even YOU can use this dance ‘elevator’ to rise up to YOUR occasion. Stop and stand for a moment. Lift your heels off the ground, and then look around. Physically you’re a little higher; you’ve stretched a bit farther. You may even notice a subtle difference in the view of your world.

Today, I challenge you to rise to a different floor.

Feel the positive momentum of your floor rising, up, up, up until you have reached your new destination today. The elevator doors open on a new location with a new perspective. Exactly what you needed for that new idea, for that problem needing to be solved, that superb sales pitch, the book you’re trying to write, that team you will face.

Each morning the sun will rise, and each time the hues or colors will stir up new views. Each sunrise provides a new hope of the day ahead and a refreshing point of view. There are days it seems to go fast and there are days it is very gradual. But the sun will always rise and so should we.

Now sit down, pause and slowly rise to your feet. Now sit down and jump up even higher…. Rise up! Rise to the occasion whatever it may be. Stand strong to your convictions, believe in yourself, grab hands with your teammates in life and have faith in the possibilities.

Lift your heels and see the view…

You have risen to a new height!

What do YOU see?

Star Light….

YOU can be a STAR.

A star radiates light, beauty and twinkles in the darkness. To some, they hold our deepest wishes and thoughts. They don’t discriminate; they welcome all to see their beauty at any place in the world. That is the one thing that humanity shares… anyone, on any given night, can look up and enjoy the true celestial beauty above us.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way,
Yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
Og Mandino quotes (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)

Stars create PEACE.

Stars create LOVE.

Stars are all-encompassing and luminous.

Stars SHINE from within.

Stars create HOPE.

Stars can give us FAITH.

Stars have a power that can inspire anyone from any background.

We are all STARS in a sense, in this universe of amazing things. We radiate our emotions to others and we sit side by side in hope & faith. We can share love to our friends & family, and we can create a sense of peace among us.

Do you feel like a STAR? What can you do to radiate and sparkle in your life?

As dusk settles in, and the warmth of sunlight transforms into darkness, sit in silence and look up.

Star Light will always be present in any dark moments.

Be aware.

Be present.

Be that luminous STAR.

And

SHINE ON….

“To be a star, you must shine your own light,
Follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness,
For that is when the stars shine brightest”
– Anonymous

 “To be a star, you must shine your own light...."

A star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.NASA/ESA image

“Hitch your wagon to a star.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, lecturer, and poet, 1803 – 1882

“Star light, Star bright,
first star I see tonight…
I wish I may, I wish I might, see that star I wish tonight.”
– English Nursery Rhyme (trad.)

When you wish upon a star,
makes no difference who you are, Anything your heart desires can come to you”
– Jiminy Cricket (Animated philosopher and conscience of Pinocchio) ®Walt Disney Company