Odes to the Gratitude of Friendships

I stand on the cusp of greatness, living in a state of perpetual gratitude. I have stood on the shoulders of giants, learnt the wisdom of the sages and imbued with the grace of angels. I have traveled thousands of miles and experienced the beauty of our being and my purpose in living. Thankful for the joy of knowing you and being strengthened by the power of love.

I embrace life and living through the gifts of joy, love, peace and happiness that I have experienced. I am strengthened by the friendship experienced, the energies shared and the enduring love that holds us together. It is in the power and beauty of the smiles shared, the moments that take my breath away and the strength of who and what matters that anchors me.

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I am so blessed to be me and share the blessings with you who lift me higher. I am enriched with tides of gifts, talents, virtues, values and goodwill that flows through my encounters with each and everyone of you. The lilting joy, the sounds of laughter and the power of your smiles have made room for me to be imbued with the beauty of you.
I am forever grateful for the friends that are family and the family who are endearing friends. Your belief in me, your encouragement and unconditional love have fueled me to be my best, live my best life and offer the world the best of me. Thank you for your trust, honesty and truth, that I have and can always depend on. You have helped me to appreciate the true meaning of life and living.

 

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As I write the next chapter of my life, I remain life’s student and the authenticity that permeates my being I share with you. As we transcend the limitations and live what is possible. Know that you and I are transcendental possibilities of hope, joy, peace, patience, passion, purpose and most of all love. Thank you for being a voice of reason, a bastion of virtue and a cascading mosaic of shared beauty.

 

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I am emboldened through all that I have learnt and I do appreciate you. I know that it is not what I have in my life, but who I have in my life that counts. As we continue to build our community of love, thank you for the happiness shared and the kindness experienced. I am forever grateful. 💕

 

©Hugh Anthony

 

About

Hugh Anthony is a storyteller, lifestyle coach and keynote speaker who is also a client-focused executive and creative savant with excellent communication skills. He brings progressive engagements in leading, managing, facilitating, curating strategies and initiatives that embolden outcomes and enhance operational efficiencies. Hugh Anthony is the Cofounder and Associate Consulting Director, Lifestyle and Strategy of ConsulateMilieu®, a boutique lifestyle firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. Hugh helps individuals uncover their passion, unfold their purpose and share the power of their story. This he does through a process of co-creation that melds recreational, creative and professional endeavours to optimize and enrich lifestyle outcomes.

For career, press inquiries, speaking and advisory opportunities contact Hugh Anthony at consulatemilieu@gmail.com. Follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @huanthoni

 

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Love Is…

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela

From a recent post on LinkedIn, I shared the following quote which is an excerpt from a speech by Barack Obama for Nelson Mandela’s Centenary celebrations in South Africa.

 

Love comes forth naturally to the human heart.”

Barack Obama

 

The expressions that emerged from the post were appreciative. However, one of the readers found the quote and in particular ‘love’ an elusive topic. The following was shared by the reader:

 

“Love, I find is a very elusive topic …what is love experience to one may turn out to be a horrible experience for another. So love appears to be a personal experience with no standard definition…..The thought is mind boggling. Help!

 

This narrative, I am sharing to illuminate what love is love from the lens of my appreciation of our humanity. The societal constructs and misalignment of love over time have left us in wonderment and love-lust. (The latter being the search for or impulse or to look for love outside of self).  The world we live in demystifies love, making it esoteric and we go in search of what that has always been us and with us. I believe given that we are all in it, and you and I are love. Not in the societal construct of love, but in its spiritual essence and endearments of gratitude and beauty.

 

Love and everything that emerges from our being ought to be our innate and natural expressions. The following situates my appreciation of love and its significance. I recall a conversation I had years ago with Michael Bolton, and I asked him this question: “Michael why do you always sing about love?”  He responded poignantly, “..what is it that we all want to give and receive…love.” In the beauty and wisdom with which he responded, it profoundly heightened my awareness of self and others. It was seminal, the impact it had on my life, living and lifestyle. Henceforth, mindfulness that characterize my purpose, passion and being a biophile lends itself to the following quote as a gentle reminder; and my guide for living:

 

“People are meant to be loved.  Things are meant to be used.  Start loving people and stop using them.  Start using things and stop loving them. Things can be replaced, but a life is priceless.”

Hugh Anthony

 

Love is the expression and devotion to care, value and respect self and others. Manifesting the beauty, truth, honesty, mercy, power and faith in your steadfastness in being our best self (human being, not just human) and appreciating our humanity (nature and nurture). Love is our common currency, it is who we are.

 

“We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think or believe we are worshipping the Creator of all things.”

 

Anon

 

Love is our spiritual power; it is the essence of the human spirit and the energy of our heart. It is the indispensable expression of humility, selfessness and kindness. Love arises from the appreciation of who you are, not what you are. Love is the belief in our greater self. Love is our genome, to vibrate and radiate light and beauty faithfully and fearlessly. Love is the wellspring of goodness, compassion and empathy.

 

”Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.” 

Marianne Williamson

 

Love requires of us dedication, effort, duty, knowledge, understanding and wisdom of our best self. Through the highest expression of self, love abounds more. Love is our existential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. I share with the framing of love from a faith-based context, with the following quote:

 

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

 

I Corinthians 13:4-8, NKJV

 

The societal connotations and constructs with which we coexist, robs from us, when we do not know who we are – love. The social constructs of what love is versus spiritual wiring, ought to be and is a fundamental issue for our times. The vibrancy of love is a life lived in service of others, not exploiting others. Our cultures in Western democracies, deceptively helps to shape a construct of perceived love versus spiritual love; what we ought to be versus who we are respectively, not just today, but always.

 

We are healers and doers, designed to do great and abundant things. Love emboldens and fuels the best in us and for those around us. It helps to create inventions that are necessitated to do well for our humanity (ceteris paribus), not evil for destruction of our humanity. Love is a living and breathing energy of empathy. It is an elixir that heals; and it listens without assumption and judgment. It makes no record of what is wrong or right. But fosters an awareness of the beauty within self, others and around us. Love holds us together, even in the midst of difficulty and reminds us of whom we are. Love is the enduring power of your soul’s energy, a force of good and the fullest expression of your being (spirit). Love is not fleeting or temporal. Love is an enduring expression of good naturedness.

 

“Love is the beauty of the soul.”

St. Augustine

 

Love is us, not just some of us, it is all of us. We are spiritually wired and designed to be love. It is the innate essence of our being and the fuel in our loins. Love is a responsibility that we need to be consciously aware of; connect with it, express and experience it with self and others. Love is what gives life meaning and appreciation of all things bright and beautiful.
©Hugh Anthony

 

About

 

Hugh Anthony is a storyteller, lifestyle coach and keynote speaker who is also a client-focused executive and creative savant with excellent communication skills. He brings progressive engagements in leading, managing, facilitating, curating strategies and initiatives that embolden outcomes and enhance operational efficiencies. Hugh Anthony is the Cofounder and Associate Consulting Director, Lifestyle and Strategy of ConsulateMilieu®, a boutique lifestyle firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. Hugh helps individuals uncover their passion, unfold their purpose and share the power of their story. This he does through a process of co-creation that melds recreational, creative and professional endeavours to optimize and enrich lifestyle outcomes.

 

For career, press inquiries, speaking and advisory opportunities contact Hugh Anthony at consulatemilieu@gmail.com. Follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @huanthoni

Standing in the Truth of Who You Are!

We are born to love, yet society conditions us to hate.
We are born as a unified whole, yet we allow things to tear us apart.
Our diversity creates the mosaic of our humanity, yet society use our differences to destroy its beauty.

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Our faith is what holds us together, yet we allow religion to divide us.
We are born with eternal beauty, yet society uses physicality to define us as ugly.
We are designed to do amazing and abundant things. Yet we put limits on self and live in lack.

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We are wired with hope, yet we live in despair.
We are born to be courageous, yet we are conditioned to live in fear.
Our soul is a wellspring of joy, yet we search to find happiness.
We are born to love and strengthen each other, yet we use hate and fear to destroy each other. We are born to live with curiosity, yet we allow others to erase our fuel for discovery.  We are born to share smiles and experience the joys of laughter, yet we feign affection and frown on cordiality.

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We are driven by the power of our dreams, yet we make people who lack vision, blind us out of our possibilities. Our bodies are designed to transport our ephemeral beauty, however we allow others to project the ugliness of inadequacy and fear.  Be reminded we are wired to be our best selves, to experience the joys of our soul’s call.

To live with a mindset of what’s possible and the power to do and experience the extraordinary. Live your life with the affirmation that you were born with and do not wait for anyone’s validation.  Let love be your life’s elixir, be it, live it, share it. Your smile is your signature, your laughter is your canvass to paint the world with joy, happiness and kindness.  You are love and light, share it and shine on.

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©Hugh Anthony

About

Hugh Anthony is a storyteller, lifestyle coach and keynote speaker who is also a client-focused executive and creative savant with excellent communication skills. He brings progressive engagements in leading, managing, facilitating, curating strategies and initiatives that embolden outcomes and enhance operational efficiencies. Hugh Anthony is the Cofounder and Associate Consulting Director, Lifestyle and Strategy of ConsulateMilieu®, a boutique lifestyle firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. Hugh helps individuals uncover their passion, unfold their purpose and share the power of their story. This he does through a process of co-creation that melds recreational, creative and professional endeavours to optimize and enrich lifestyle outcomes.

For career, press inquiries, speaking and advisory opportunities contact Hugh Anthony at consulatemilieu@gmail.com. Follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @huanthoni

 

Pathways to Manifest Your Vision

How do you want to be remembered at the end of your life? What should matter most to you is who you are, not what others think. Have you given thought, focus and action to the vision for your life?

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”
– Rosabeth Moss Kanter

You were born for a reason. You may not have realized it, however I am here to remind you that you are destined do to great and amazing things. You were born to live your passion and walk in your purpose. For a moment, think about how you have been struggling to bring your dreams to reality. The vision and the pathways you have desired for your life, have not yet manifested. You are wondering why? Stop! Might I ask whose life have you been living? I share this with you, not because you need to change your life, but to upgrade your life. Stop marching in the parade of mediocrity, that manifest as the status quo. There are things you are settling for that doesn’t serve your higher purpose.

“Stop asking blind people to proofread your vision.”

– Anon

Stop sharing your dreams, desires and vision for your life, with people who are not able to propel higher. Your vision for your life is your single most important task: to uncover your passion, unfold your purpose and live the life your spirit and your soul is called to do. To be your best self and be of service to others.

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Become uncomfortable with mediocrity, respond to the soul stirring call of the greatness that’s in you. It is okay, to outgrow people and upgrade your life and manifest your vision. Start building your vision, start working on unfolding your purpose and live the life you’ve been dreaming of. Jonathan Swift noted , ‘vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.’ This is your life, your journey and some people will never understand, no matter how much explaining you do, don’t force them to see. It is not theirs to see, it is your vision to manifest. Stop! Channel your focus, energies and your being to invest in self and do things that brings growth, joy, meaning and happiness to life. Do not apologize or believe you have to explain to others how you manage your time and energies. Having a vision for your life is fuel to inspire you, to take intentional action to create your best life. The clearer you are about your vision, the greater the impact that you will have in the world.

Start working on building your dream, the life you want to create and the mastery you have to share with the world.

– Hugh Anthony

As you read this, a shift is taking place for you to live your best life and manifest your vision. However, you need to believe you deserve it and start setting goals, parameters and boundaries to reveal your heart’s desire, your soul’s call and your best life.

See related article -Making Your Life a Living Masterpiece
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/making-your-life-living-masterpiece-hugh-anthony

Make the decision to stop suffering in the mediocrity that parades as the status quo. Learn to let go of things and people that don’t serve your higher purpose. You are destined to soar. You are a spirit having a human experience. Stop existing and start living. Stand in the truth of who you are.

©Hugh Anthony

Life is the Moment!

Life is the Moment!

This is your life, this is your moment.
You have the gift of life, the power of this moment to transform your ideas into actions and your dreams into reality. You have this life to make a difference to self and to be of service to others.

This is your life, this is your moment to unfold your purpose, uncover your passion and share the power of your story. Take time to enjoy the beauty around you. Feel the gentle caress of the breeze, experience the manifestations of nature’s beauty. Through the hues of its colours from the land, sky, lakes, rivers and the seas.

Life is the moment, be it fleeting or memorable. Don’t be distracted from its beauty with the construct of the hustle and the bustle. Life is the moment with its lilting charms of gifts and blessings.

It is in the celebration of the moments that you become aware of self and understand whom you are destined to be. Take time to listen to the amazing beat of your heart, the rhythm of your breathing and the pulse of your life’s flow.

Life is the moment, celebrate the unique and precious time it affords. This is your moment to celebrate where you are, appreciate life and manifest who you are destined to be.

Life is the moment, its your moment to be your best self. Keep living, keep striving and keep shining. Life is the moment, you are a beacon of hope, love and letting go. Life is the moment, celebrate the now and how blessed you are to be…

©Hugh Anthony

About

Hugh Anthony is a storyteller, lifestyle coach and keynote speaker who is also a client-focused executive and creative savant with excellent communication skills. He brings progressive engagements in leading, managing, facilitating, curating strategies and initiatives that embolden outcomes and enhance operational efficiencies. Hugh Anthony is the Cofounder and Associate Consulting Director, Lifestyle and Strategy of ConsulateMilieu®, a boutique lifestyle firm in Toronto, Canada that specializes in creative, avid and exciting art-based and lifestyle projects for its diverse clientele. Hugh helps individuals uncover their passion, unfold their purpose and share the power of their story. This he does through a process of co-creation that melds recreational, creative and professional endeavours to optimize and enrich lifestyle outcomes.

For career, press inquiries, speaking and advisory opportunities contact Hugh Anthony at huanthoni@gmail.com.Follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @huanthoni

Three Lifehacks to Deliver Your Best Public Speaking Performance

I have heard that a powerful critical skill to have is public speaking. However, when the word public speaking emerges or the thought of it, the description befits the greatest fear next to death. Interestingly, it conjures anxiety, butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms and visible signs of nervousness that may get the better of you.

There are simple techniques and strategies that can help you overcome the fear and deliver your best performance. Did I just use the word performance?…ahh, yes I did. A gentle reminder, life is a performance and public speaking is its muse. You do speak daily to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Public speaking is the art of communicating a speech to a live audience through performance. The following lifehacks are key to making your public speaking act memorable.

Your Purpose as Your Performance

The art of mastering your performance is to know your purpose – why you are speaking. Preparation is key, however, your purpose matters even more. Before you start preparing, you need to know what is your purpose for speaking. Get an understanding of the audience you will be speaking to, and are you speaking to inspire, inform, educate, entertain or to persuade them? Learn about the listeners that you will be speaking and interacting with. Are they millenials or C-Suite executives to be inspired and informed respectively? Well, once you know your purpose then you begin your performance preparation. Knowing your purpose and audience makes your preparation for your presentation better.

Your speech is prepared – the topic, overview, specific purpose, central idea and your main points. Your speech is ready and you are now able to deliver your purpose as a compelling performance.

Embrace the Butterflies

You are prepared to make your presentation, only when and only when you embrace your nervousness as a benchmark. I believe little ‘butterflies in the stomach‘ are an indication you are alive, you will do well. Here is an 80/20 rule that helps: 80% of your nervousness is not visible to your audience, only 20% is visible i.e. your voice trembles, shaking hands and sweaty palms. To counter the 20%, speak with a projected voice and intermittently take deep breaths, let the lectern or podium be your support, by resting your arm on either side gently, do not grip! Or use controlled gesticulation with your hands. Now that your breathing is controlled sweaty palms are not visible and your hands are okay, you are one step closer to making a stellar performance.

Engage with Stories and Your Personality

Sharing your stories and anecdotes in your presentation helps to connect with your audience and your performance. Storytelling makes your presentation more personal and authentic (Related article https://creativemagezine.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/the-art-of-storytelling-your-life-as-a-tapestry-of-stories/). Engaging your audience is essential to your public speaking performance. They are there to listen to you, not the powerpoint and the gadgets, its the reciprocal relationship with your audience, that matters. Let your personality, your smile and your presence shine through. They are aspects of your performance, and when they shine through it builds credibility with your audience and trust.

Performance in public speaking is not about ‘practice makes perfect’, it is about learning brings lifelong benefits. Your capacity to be better with every public speaking performance enhance your abilities to master your fear.

©Hugh Anthony

Unpacking Your Gift

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One of the most poignant, yet powerful quotes that resonate with me and why I do what I do for self and others –

 

                    “Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package”  

        Wolfgang Riebe

I have journeyed many paths to uncover who I am and understand self, my purpose and the gifts I continue to share with the world. I’ve had a myriad of experiences of learning and unlearning, of becoming and unbecoming; and mirroring so many personalities and possibilities. Life’s journey and the pathways I have trod are confluences of the best of what life offers and complexities in the beauty of our humanity. This journey called life is a mosaic that has the capacity to help us unfold our best self, shape us into intentional human beings, blessing our actions to uncover our gifts. Do whatever it takes to be of service to self and others whether it is reading books, listening to the beat of your heart, responding to soul’s call, spirituality, friendships, shouting out loud, investing in yourself, laughing, crying or sharing. Start by doing what matters, it is through perseverance and courage that you allow yourself to get to that place where only you and your Creator understand. Open your mind to experience the amazing wonder you are and unfold your gifts.

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There is nothing like the perfect time, however, my lived experiences have taught me that nothing is perfect, interestingly though, the universe’s timing is always perfect. Whatever the mess is that you are experiencing right now, there is a message, whatever the test you are going through right now, there is a testimony. Whatever the struggles you are experiencing, you will find your strength. Whatever the pain you’re feeling, you will find your purpose and the power of your story. It is in those moments life has taught me that my gifts are unfolding. Stay focused, stay grateful and just believe things are working for the best. Believe it, claim it and experience the joys of your gifts, that is where you will find purpose and meaning in living.

Hugh Anthony

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