KRISTINA'S WEEKLY EMAIL OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAYS & VIDEOS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOURSELF ON THIS JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
A NOTE FROM KRISTINA:
Greetings!

Today is the anniversary of 9/11, where the focus is on the many lives lost that day as well as those who suffered years later. It's a time when everyone remembers where they were and who they were with when it happened, what their life was like then and how it has changed since - and how our country, and the world, was never the same.

I believe that 2020 will be remembered and felt even more, since we have all been directly impacted in one way or another by this year's circumstances - where you were, who you were with, how it affected you, and how our country and the world was never the same.

Both events (yes I am calling the Year 2020 an "event", read my PGG Anatomy of Awareness from May 8th) bring with it significant loss of both actual human life as well as a way of life. And, in my opinion, both are acts of war. War on our humanity and ability to live and move freely, and a means to instill fear in the population, and then install policies to placate people's fears and make them feel "safe". Both events provide scenarios and subsequent tools and tactics to drag out when it suits a particular agenda, even years later (i.e. "weapons of mass destruction" circa 2003). I'll stop there ....but one thing I am sure is "safe" to say is that each event has forced us to confront our lives in a very profound and existential way, and can serve as a catalyst for positive transformation if you choose to accept and honor it as such.

SO, this week's PGG is a reflection on death and dying and how clarifying that can be; the PGG Video of the week echoes this theme by reminding you why you should figure out who you are and what you're supposed to be doing with you life. And in honor of the woman mentioned in the essay, this week's Instagram post is my Yogi tea bag that talks about letting your heart speak to another's <3

If you're looking to connect with me and others in the virtual flesh via Zoom, please note I'll be continuing to do online group coaching and talks for the foreseeable future; this month group coaching will likely be Monday, September 21st, and the next talk will be on Tuesday, September 29th. You'll be getting separate emails about those so stay tuned!

Lastly, if you look forward to and benefit from these weekly missives and PGG essays and want to show your gratitude, any donations for my efforts are welcome and appreciated here: Paypal.me/kristinaleonardi. And as always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything.

With Gratitude and a Big hug,
Kristina

P.S. Need a some extra support to help navigate your career and life at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my individual coaching services. Stay tuned for separate emails about September group coaching and talks.

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGGs that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can’t see during the time of corona, United We Stand and Anatomy of Awareness. You can also check out The Pain of Being, which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit.
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All That You Can't Leave Behind
Originally published on April 4, 2012

I recently attended the funeral of a good friend’s father. He was Ukrainian, along with most of his relatives and friends, so everything was conducted in his native language. At the brunch after the burial, a woman stood up and read with great emotion what she had written on a few sheets of loose-leaf paper while many of us choked up.

I saw her by the ladies’ room soon after and mentioned how beautiful her speech was. In broken English, she went on about how she messed up and it didn’t come out the way she wanted, etc. I stopped her mid-sentence and said, “I don’t speak a word of Ukrainian.” Puzzled, she replied, “Well, I just spoke from my heart.” And I said, “Yes, that’s why it was so beautiful. ”

I often begin my seminars reminding the attendees that someday, hopefully in the very distant future, they will die. Perhaps it’s morbid, but like change and taxes, death is one of the few certainties in life. When you look at your existence through that lens, before a crisis forces you to do so, it can be extremely powerful in helping to organize your thoughts and actions in a way nothing else can.

When we can accept it, our own mortality, or that of those closest to us, really puts things in perspective: What is it that we value? What and whom do we hold dear? What is real and meaningful for us? And when you look back on your life, how do you want to have used your time and energy while you were here? What is the mark that you want to leave on the world? How do you want people to remember you when you are gone?

Death and dying remind us that when all the external stuff falls away, what’s left? You can’t take that designer bag, fancy car or impressive job title. It cuts to the core and brings us to the one essential thing that every human being desires — to love and to be loved in return.

At the end of the day, all you have is the impact of the life you led, mostly found in close connections with others and memories you’ve shared. You may never know the effect you’ve had on strangers, and family dynamics can of course be complicated, but remember, you choose your friends, and true friends who have been a part of your journey are precious; they are there regardless of too much time having passed or petty misunderstandings.

A crisis will always give us clarity as to what’s important and what we can offer one another. If you let them, all that comes to the surface are love and compassion. And to be there for someone, to have the opportunity to be a healing presence in whatever form that may take, is a gift for both the giver and receiver.

As we start to wind down and reflect on this past year, think about which parts of you can bite the dust, allowing for a rebirth accompanied by a deeper commitment to honor and cherish your relationship with yourself and the healthy ones you have with others, to cultivate new connections that will enrich your journey, and to reaffirm your relationship to life itself.

Not sure what you would want to hear when you go or simply want to develop more fully all that you can’t leave behind? Give me a buzz and I’ll help you Walk On, and be able to feel good about it all, here and now.

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