Mixed Messages

These “words of wisdom’ scrolled across my monitor last week.

You must LOVE your work. Your work is the process by which you obtain happiness. If you aren’t experiencing balance, pleasure or prosperity then something is off.


Outside Voice rationally said “Everyone has a perspective.”

Inside Voice screamed “this is so W.R.O.N.G.!”

I wanted to slap on some sort of warning label like “Pay Attention At Own Risk.”


There is so much to say I could easily become muddled in starting. But I couldn’t let this go by without saying something.


Listen To Yourself


Work does not require love.

Work is work. A series of tasks requiring effort.

What you infuse into that effort is who you are being.

Who you are being is a decision made in every moment.


The more you express who you truly are in what you are doing, the more you say you love your work.

The less you express who you truly are in what you do, the less you love your work.


Instead of loving your work, bring love to work. Bring the real you to work.

Sort of twists what loving your work is, don’t you think?


Happiness is a way of being.

You obtain cars and houses and toys.

Not happiness.


Millions of people around the world have no money and posses few things.

Yet they are overflowingly happy.

You can even be happy in the worst of circumstances.

You decide.


Your work does not obtain happiness.

Your work is the expression of who you are being.

Who you really are doesn’t change when what you have to do really sucks some of the times


Think about that. Seriously – think about that.

Who are you being?


Signals are personal, not universal.

I know a few women who’d say giving birth was far from pleasurable and couldn’t be more on.

Growth and change has little time or patience for balance.

Prosperity can flow abundantly in the same space as skinny bank accounts.


Measuring your experience using another’s signal is akin to being told how you feel.

Or walk with their custom orthotics in your shoes.

Which is especially awkward if you are partial to bare feet.


Your signals are your own.

Observe, listen and pay attention to yourself.

Build your own dictionary of flags and signs to know when something is off.

Anticipate some will change and evolve while others remain the same or deepen.

The more you know you, the deft you will become at navigating the path in front of you.



Inner and Outer Voice speak a truth.

Check inside. What resonates with you?



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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

chief nudging officer


Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

1 Comment

  1. Mary on September 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Great Points Lorraine, I always think of it like wearing someone else clothes, pretty uncomfortable if they don’t fit. We can try it on for size, if it doesn’t fit who we are , just take it off and return it back to them. There is no need for it to touch our skin or go any deeper. As one size doesn’t fit all.

    This imagery made me giggle Thank You “Or walk with their custom orthotics in your shoes.Which is especially awkward if you are partial to bare feet.”

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