Master Key Experience- Week 4

Pencil drawing of Don Quixote

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.”

— Don Quixote

  • This past week of the Experience was one of “action.” There were some action steps we had to do, change the word, “chore” to “service” in relation to the task we had to accomplish, and celebrate the completion of that chore/service.
  • The idea of changing chore to service created a feeling of pride, and giving, with the simple act of doing something on a list that could be a service to someone, including myself- did I get too “deep” here? Sometimes the revelations hit me before I can really decipher, or figure them out.
  • There were so many new ideas, suggestions, and to-do’s that it was a little overwhelming at times. I particularly embraced the action of creating the Giving and Receiving Card. The idea behind this card is to get us in the habit of always giving something to someone, be it a smile, a kind word, a flower, or anything that will bless someone’s life/day.
  • When we give, it should be without giving to get back. In addition to giving, I realized that receiving is also very important for us to learn how to do it. I discovered about myself that I have not been/am not a “grateful” receiver, in that, when given a compliment or something I would feel uncomfortable receiving- the more we give unconditionally, the more we receive gratefully. Wow!
  • With all these new concepts, I ended up changing one of my Personal Pivotal Needs because I am getting closer and closer to discovering who I really am, and what I really desire. As Don Quixote says in the above quote, I am seeing the “hulking giants over yonder [and] I intend to do battle with them and slay them.”

Do you know or are discovering who you really are? How do you feel when you do something for someone? Do you do it for it to be reciprocated? Are you a good “receiver?” Let’s chat some more.

I always keep my Promises!!


I'm Valerie Darlington ( MBA-Healthcare). A Jamaican born entrepreneur, philanthropist, and blogger who help 50+ women learn how to make money, look good, get healthier, retire well, and be more successful in the second half of their lives. Dogs are my Kryptonite, and my forte is history and research. I am obsessed with researching and finding the best, most effective way to accomplish any task set before me. I am on a journey - committed to finding the best, productive, and most fun way to live after doing the parenting thing, and caring for elderly parents ( I have so much experience here). I am committed to helping you, the mature woman figure out and do the same with the "what nexts?" of your life.

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