Why Not Try a Purple Heart?

 

I’m not a big fan of the color pink.

It doesn’t go well with my skin tone, it’s very girly, and well, I don’t even need a reason to feel that pink is my least favorite color – so there you have it.

I bring this up because this time of year, pink is literally everywhere because of Valentine’s Day.

How this may impact you.

There may be customers like me that don’t enjoy the color pink, Valentine’s Day, or things the world tells us is “cute” or “appropriate.” Why not do something different, unique and startling?

What if this year, this decade, you decided to alter the norm? What if you went with a different color, a different look, a new approach?

What would you have to do?

Ask new questions of course!

Instead of, let’s get out the red and pink for Valentines Day, why not ask, “What’s a new thought around this holiday?”

Here’s what came to me.  “Why not use purple this Valentine’s Day?”

Then, of course, I thought about a purple heart and that took me down a whole new wonderful road.

A Purple Heart

Here is what Wikipedia offered:

The Purple Heart

Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Purple Heart Service Ribbon. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military.

And with a tiny bit more digging.

The idea of the purple heart originated with General George Washington in 1782.  In 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, the concept was revived by the U.S. War Department and the name changed to the Purple Heart. Bearing an image of Washington, it is awarded to troops injured by the enemy.

My heart is filled with gratitude for those who serve our country. My dad was one of them, and so what if you honored those brave souls this Valentine’s Day?

Or what if…

You asked your packs, tribes, peeps about the pets they know that gave their lives for others, and create a lavender heart for them?

The ideas are endless. Let this post spur your thinking and forgive my disdain for pink,  however, look at what we both learned!

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The Value of Community

 

Originally, today’s post was to let you know that we would be attending Global Pet Expo at the end of this month (which we will). However, that email accidentally went out last week. When Elaine realized her error, she sent out an oopsie email and the responses poured in.

What we learned is that people understand mistakes, and that people foul up sometimes.

When you allow someone to see or hear about your mistakes something really wonderful can happen.

  1. The veil comes down and the business looks more human.
  2. People check you out because, hey, who admits mistakes nowadays?
  3. Those that feel for you because of your mistake, reach out in support (that by the way speaks to the wonderful person who does the reaching out. Anyone who takes the time to support or encourage another is made of quality stuff.)
  4. Relationships deepen because there is a shared understanding about being human.
  5. If you are lucky enough to be part of a community, the community lifts you up at a time when you might be feeling down.

Though I’m not a fan of mistakes I’ve learned to accept that they happen, ask for forgiveness, and then let it go.

Last week when the email went out early, so many of you responded with love and kindness. Your responses not only made my day, but the entire team’s as well.

You are wonderful to be a part of this pack, and so gracious.

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How is your energy level?

 

“One of the important qualities that I think is often overlooked is just energy. It’s vitality, and sort of a life force that some people have and others don’t.” Doris Kearns Goodwin

Energy is something that works. It surrounds us, we can feel it from others and our animals and even from environments. Ever walk into a place and simply felt like it’s exactly where you belong because it “felt” right?

Doris, the author of the quote above is incorrect on one count. People may overlook energy and most people don’t understand energy as well as they could. but I disagree that some don’t have energy.

What is energy? 

en·er·gy

/ˈenərjē/

noun 1. the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.

What seems apparent is that some people (not you or  me of course) have a little negative energy.

They spread this negative energy around, and we can feel it.

What gives you energy? For me, it’s my animals. When my dog greets me with enthusiasm and joy my energy level rises.

When I climb on my horse the energy between us infuses me with happiness.

And conversely, when I am around a naysayer, someone complaining or disgruntled, my goal is to place an invisible shield between us so I am not brought down.

What energy do you bring out in others? Have you ever thought about it? Why not think about it now? And determine to shift or keep your energy into positive, wonderful vitality?

It’s within your power. Let me know how it goes!

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Your Word Of the Year

Exciting, terrifying, enticing and maybe even mundane… all of those things and whatever else you decide to create!

I’ve been roaming around the internet searching for inspiration about picking a word of the year. You may have heard of this, or you may have already picked a word, or have in the past.

How do you do it? What are the criteria for this word for you? Does it work? Does it keep you focused, does it make you a better version of yourself?

This is something that will work if you decide it will, like everything in life!

For me, I love to pick something that goes with the year. This year “2020” I’ve picked the year of PLENTY.

PLENTY

A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.

Abundance, profusion: refers to a large quantity or supply.

Suggests a supply that is fully adequate to any demands:

An ample and generous oversupply.

Plenty is the way I want to think, act, work.

Giving myself:

Plenty of space to think and meditate.

Plenty of options with food and drink.

Plenty of ways to stretch, move, and sweat.

Plenty of clients that want to be served and grow.

Plenty of leaders joining our movement.

Plenty of revenue to use, spend, share, invest and save.

Then I looked deeper…

Plenty of freedom to play, ride, revel and relish.

Plenty of love to give, receive and share.

Plenty of joy, gratitude and bliss.

What might your word be for 2020? I would love to hear about it!

Remember, you create your life by the way you think. Make it magnificent!

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
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Deciding to do things differently

Exciting, terrifying, enticing and maybe even mundane… all of those things and whatever else you decide to create!

The more we interact with the world, the more we come to realize how vast the opinions and lives of others are.

Watching any kind of series or film nowadays, I’m shocked and troubled by the amount of nudity, sex, violence, foul language, and all the intimate details we as a viewer are exposed to.

What has happened to the values and morals which seemed to be the glue that made living in society safer, calmer, better?

Remember when speaking about politics was interesting rather than combative?

My mother and father were people of high integrity and values. If my brother or I didn’t conduct ourselves well in public, my mother would escort us out of the situation, and everyone went home. No arguing, no yelling, no threats, just a clear message that what was happening was inappropriate, and not going to be tolerated.

The films and limited television we watched left things to our imagination — and what a rich, full level of imagination we gained!

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.

~H. Jackson Browne, Jr.

Why do I bring this up at the beginning of this new year and new decade? Because how we live is up to us.

If you have a dog, you know that consistency, clear communication and keeping focused on rules works wonders. It shapes how well behaved, how much joy, and how easy it is to be in the world with your pet.

So here’s a challenge I want to put out to the world. Can you do that with yourself? Can you do that with your human family and friends? 

Why not decide today to:

  • Keep quiet about the intimate details of your life.
  • Allow your voice to stay calm as you encounter others doing irritating things.
  • Remove yourself and your two and four-legged friends out of a poor situation.
  • Only speak good and positive words without the foul ones slipping in.
  • Think and act reasonably. We share this earth after all.

It’s called guarding your mind. It’s your mind, and what you allow in matters.

Let me know what you do to guard your mind. We can all help each other, yes?

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Shawna Schuh, CSP
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