Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2015. Day FIVE: Rebecca Goggin

Love the Life You Lead. Fall 2015. Day FIVE
In honor of the departed. Rebecca Goggin

From Melinda: Thanksgiving and the winter holidays can be times of great joy and connection. Yet, for some of us they can also be a time of great pain and sadness. Just a few days ago I got the shocking news of Rebecca Goggin’s unanticipated death. This was unexpected and heartbreaking for her friends and family. To those of you feeling loss as well as the other Holiday emotions, know that you are not alone. In honor of Rebecca Goggin’s spirit I am reposting something she wrote for LTLYlead in 2013. 

…sometimes, when I’m truly open to it, inspiration comes to me all at once from deep in my soul, with all the little bits coalescing to form the whole picture. That’s how this poem came to me a couple of weeks ago. I thought at the time it was a beautiful reminder I wrote for myself to stay on track. Recently, however, I’ve realized that writing it down was only the first step, and that sharing it with others was its ultimate purpose. Perhaps this was written for you too?

Get up! Get going! Be yourself!
Pull those gifts down off the shelf!
They may be dusty, stagnant and thin,
But you can make them healthy again.
Listen to your voice, though it’s soft and low;
It’s the practice of listening that will help it grow.
Don’t edit or judge what your voice is sharing;
It’s honesty is its strength and improves its daring.
Exercise your eyes with new patterns and vigor;
Expand your awareness, give your sight a new figure!
Make seeing small details a new form of art;
How you see with your eyes is how you feel with your heart.
Get up! Get going! Don’t sit around!
Movement is key to breaking new ground!
Take yourself places you’ve never been.
Try something new, then do it again!
Don’t think about things too long or too hard;
Embrace spontaneity with the highest regard.
Inspiration comes quickly and without much warning.
Capture it now! Don’t wait until morning!
Your craft and your gifts are like any muscle,
They need to stretch and love to hustle!
So keep your tools sharp and your mind engaged,
The results will astound you—you’ll be amazed!
Rebecca Goggin


About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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