Eliz Greene

It’s odd.  Sometimes we need to hear our own words.

“Instead of worrying about what I expect it to be, I learned to be grateful for what is.” Eliz Greene

Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest on The Shut Up Show discussing fear and the moment you decide to shut up and move on.  In daily life, I don’t spend much time thinking about what happened to me nearly 13 years ago, but hosts Phil Gerbyshak and Berni Xiong challenged me to share deeply.

Watch the interview here:

Navigating the busy days, it is easy to lose sight of the good stuff.  How much time do you spend thinking about the things that didn’t go as you expected rather than enjoying what is going well?  I do it.

One of the big lessons I learned from my heart attack and recovery is the importance of celebrating what IS.

  • No, the first months with our daughters weren’t anywhere close to what we expected, yet, both of us were there.  Our girls got to have two parents.  That was a reason to celebrate.
  • My vision of motherhood involved a lot more dress up and tea parties, and less ‘stop that’ but our girls are growing into wonderful young women – something to celebrate.
  • My body doesn’t function quite the way it used to, but I can still sail and walk with my husband.  I can do yard work and challenge myself – reasons to celebrate.
  • While my business may rest in the shadows of more successful speakers, I get to be home with my daughters most of the time and have a wonderful home-life.  To be celebrated indeed!

It is easy to dwell on unmet expectations – or to hold yourself to unreasonable standards.  The trick is to back up, focus on what is good, and celebrate it.

Celebration doesn’t have to be a big deal.  Just telling my husband, ‘Thank you for a great day’ can mean more than 100 ‘I love you’s.  Voice your gratitude for a finished project, a successful outing, or the security of home.

Celebrate what IS!

It’s your turn.  Do you dwell on unmet expectations? Do you celebrate what is?  Please, share your thoughts in a comment below.


About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.


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