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The Self-Discovery Digest

by Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh
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May 2011 Archives

We have been hearing constantly about the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The media remind us daily of what this couple and other famous figures are doing and how they are doing it in a BIG way. It can be exciting to see what celebrities are involved in and to marvel at how glamorous their lives and activities seem to be. Yet we can get distracted by this focus on distant others and forget to make our own lives a celebration. What can we learn from those who are "living large" and how can we start applying this in our own lives?

See yourself and your significant others as VIPs. Instead of looking at prominent people as special and important, see yourself, your family and friends as amazing and act accordingly. Treat yourself and those you love with thoughtful attention, care, and courtesy. Demonstrate respect for the people in your life (yourself included) by honoring their particular tastes, preferences, and interests, just like you would a king, queen, or celebrity.

Create your own excitement. Don't believe that only rich, famous, or well-connected people can do exciting things. Try something new and different. Go camping, spend the night at a romantic hotel, put on the sassy outfit you've been too timid to wear, try the shops in a neighborhood across town, go dancing - do something within your budget that is novel and fun. Don't fall into the trap of believing that interesting things are "what other people do." Fill your life with little adventures.

Make everyday gatherings exceptional. When seeing friends, having a party, or serving dinner for the family, do it up as if it's a holiday. Why wait for Thanksgiving or a birthday to do something extraordinary? Do it now, today. Use the china in the back of the cupboard, try a new recipe, dress up, invite new people, hang decorations - most importantly, show those you care about just how much they matter to you.

Self-Discovery Tool Number 38

You don't have to be a star to be magnificent and lead a blessed life. You don't need a camera following your every move to realize your value. Commit to creating your own magic for yourself and those you love. Make an effort to spend more time doing special things instead of watching others do them!