ManifestoToday’s Word: ‘Manifesto’ as in… the Magnolia Manifesto.

By now you know that I’m committed to helping all of us move deeper into the thriving rhythms of living spirited, creative, connected lives by dwelling in the present with grateful hearts that create momentum for mission. In each “Today’s Word” we explore how the rhythms already “humming” in our lives continue to redefine, reinvent, and reinvigorate us in ways that clarify identity, illuminate purpose and sustain thriving lives.

With that in mind, I picked up Issue 11 of the Magnolia Journal from the good people who bring us all things Chip and Joanna Gaines. I was fascinated; I wound up reading most of the journal! I rarely – if ever do something like that. And then I got to the last page. That’s when I found the Magnolia Manifesto. And seriously, every single thriving rhythm leaped off the page at me.

So, please enjoy this…

“We believe that newer isn’t always better and that there is something inherently good in hard work. We believe that friends who feel like family are the best kind of friends and that nothing matters more than family. We believe that today is a gift and that every day miracles are scattered about if only we have the eyes to see them. We believe in seeking the balance between hustle and rest and striving to be passionate about both: a leisurely first cup of coffee to start the day mindfully and then at day’s end not clocking out from a job ’til you’re proud. We believe failure needn’t be a negative thing; rather, we learn from our mistakes and fail smarter next time. We believe in doing work that we love and, in choosing that, nudging others toward doing what they love. We believe in courage, in cartwheeling past our comfort zones and trying something a little bit scary every day. We believe in subtle beauty, the kind that doesn’t deteriorate with age or wear. And of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well-loved.”

Let’s manifest some of this in our lives!


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