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More Complex Than A Story Can Tell

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In whatever shape it may take, whenever I hear a story, I find myself wondering how it is serving the person who is telling it. I understand what’s being presented is not the whole story, and perhaps, it’s not even half. It’s the version of the story the storyteller wants to share with me and it’s the version of the story they want to see.

We can have a lot of unconscious motivations and intentions behind the stories we tell, and while it would be lovely to think they are all pure and love-filled, this may not be true. We share stories to share a story—to share a version of events that we feel will be emotionally impactful. It’s not the truth per say, otherwise we might call it that.

I suppose I don’t put a lot of value on my own stories and those of others. They are there to entertain and educate, but to hold them as “the truth” and/or to hold my own experiences up to them in comparison, feels like a fool’s game. A story might sound complete but the truth is, it only contains the parts wanted to be shared, the parts that keep it intact and “true.” The whole truth is far more nuanced and complex than any story can tell.

Stories by their definition and essence are leading. They are meant to take you on a journey where the course has already been planned. We need to see stories as such, for our own health and happiness. We need to know they are not “the truth,” and are not intended to be. They are simply creations of our experience and our imagination, and how we need to perceive things. There is no need to attach to them.

Write your stories. Love your stories. And acknowledge them for “the truth” they are not. See the stories you attract—and are attracted to—for what they are: expressions of you, and how you perceive your world.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Finding the Right Investors For Your Business

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This article is written by guest author Amelia Collins.

Often, when a business searches for investors, they are looking for people who provide capital. Securing capital for a business can come from various sources. INC mentioned in a post that entrepreneurs commonly raise their initial source of business funds from personal savings, credit cards, loans from banks, parents, or even through crowdfunding.

However, finding an investor is a whole different ball game. It requires more than just getting the funds, as you need to search for someone who believes in you and your business growth, so they will write you a check to help you achieve your goals. There are different kinds of investors, but the best ones are those who actively know what they are doing. In this post, I will highlight the qualities you need to look for in an investor.

Great investment background

Although it’s common that investors are the ones that review the business and the owner’s past for reference, entrepreneurs need to do the same research. Check if the person you are eyeing to invest in your business has a great financial background and investment portfolio because even great investors can suffer bad luck from time to time. Apart from their capacity to invest, you must check how well his/her investments are doing in the market. Take note that the number of businesses invested in doesn’t always equate to how successful they are as investors.

Knowledgeable of market trends

You want investors who are active in keeping their money running. The most active investors are the ones that are knowledgeable of the past and the latest market trends, as they will be able to provide you insights on how to maintain your business and reach greater heights. Although the discussion pointed out by FXCM is about trading, the resource said active investors help the market as there is more money flowing and much opportunity for growth. If they are knowledgeable about market trends, it’s a win-win situation for you because you receive an investor and an advisor in one.

Willing to sacrifice time

Investors need to be active in attending meetings and discussions with you, as they will require updates related to how well the business is maximizing their money. Thus, they must be willing to sacrifice time to attend board meetings and similar, if necessary. In addition, good investors know the importance of knowing more than just market trends. This requires sacrificing some time to understand the key issues of the business and the industry, even those of its competitors.

Apart from having a great business plan, investors are looking for entrepreneurs who practice focused leadership. As previously discussed, these leaders are those who ‘know the course’ they want to take and ‘know all the information that flows’ through their craft. Be a focused leader and you will gain the trust of a good investor easily.

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The Motion of Emotion

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My emotions are not me.

They are my energy, in motion. I am not responsible for my emotions—I am responsible for what I do with them.

It’s interesting to me how much my feelings change, how much I am in a state of shifting emotion. This awareness affirms that in fact my feelings truly are in motion, and it affirms how unhelpful it is when I try to hold onto the energy they bring. My emotions are in motion for a reason, and attempting to control their movement, by stopping it and/or holding onto it, does nothing for me. In my attachment to my feelings, I miss their point.

9 seconds.

I read that our anger lasts for 9 seconds, unless we attach to it, catch on to it, get caught up in it. 9 seconds for the emotion to move through us, if we let it. 9 seconds for the wave to pass.

In motion for a reason.

My emotions rise and fall, never staying steady. They move around and they are hard to catch. Growing wiser to their pattern, I’m trying to not control my emotions so much. Instead, I’m trying to let them be. Instead, I’m learning to ride their rise and fall, letting them lap at the shore of my awareness and then retreat. Responsible to the inevitable motion of my emotions, I’m understanding it’s not what I feel that matters but how I handle it.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Blinded By The Light

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There’s a problem with abundance. In living with it—and amongst it—there’s a risk I will stop seeing it as a thing of beauty—and the gift that it is.

The very real risk with abundance is I’ll take it for granted—either by expecting it to always be there, and/or by not acknowledging its presence fully in my life. Either approach spoils my appreciation of it.

The very real gift of abundance is in learning to receive it fully, it stretches me. For to fully honour it, I must acknowledge how fortunate I am, by remaining thankful for my life amongst the pain of it. Being present to this gratitude, my abundance can not be spoiled. I will not become blind to it’s presence.

My world is abundant for a reason. It is here to expand me. For it to do anything else, like spoil me, is my choice alone. Money (and other forms of wealth) simply do not have that power over me (or anyone else), and never have. It is I that gives my power to them.

I always have a choice in how I acknowledge the abundance of my world. In the end, what truly grows the wealth of my world, is my desire to become more skillfully aware of how I choose to receive abundance—and how I choose to give it.

photo credit: Craig Sunter

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.