What does it mean to PERCOLATE?
By Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
Our moments matter. Each and every moment matters. We constantly PERCOLATE. How you PERCOLATE is your choice. You make these choices moment to moment, both consciously and sub-consciously. What filters through, often, is the result of those choices.
For example, when someone tells me they can’t do something, I immediately think about my dad’s 2004-2005 experiences at a stroke rehab center and on-going struggles, my own life threatening-food allergies and the many people along the way who encounter difficulties or even tragedies who overcome and find a path and direction for their life. I long to take the can’t-sayer on a field trip to these moments, just to show what can be done when you change can’t to can. I move the “I can’t” into forms of #Gratitude, that may not always be instantly known or felt. Developing a moment to moment practice of gratitude can change your life, energy and direction.
I’m extremely inspired by men and women who do, as opposed to those who talk about doing. I find motivation from very positive people, those who have a can-do attitude and veer in the opposite direction of naysayers. I’ve also noticed that someone can even negatively inspire me. For instance, I might see an individual not holding the door open for an elderly person, so I hustle over to open it. I will encounter someone comparing themselves to someone else and share some gratitude, for comparison is the ultimate gratitude blocker. For the most part, though, grander notions and ideals or we and collaboration inspire me. I think about positive energy and how we go where we place our energy.
What or who inspires you? To get what you want or visualize, to make a large or small change, or to just complete a daily chore can be difficult at times. You might need a little or a lot of inspiration to get you going. So the question is: What motivates you when you want to quit or when you just don’t feel like doing what has to be done? When you aren’t feeling so much gratitude, love or worth, what do you do? These are questions you could very well ask yourself daily or even moment to moment as you move into gratitude, love, worth and more. You have the ability to change your energy and how you place it and use it.
Is there something or someone who inspires you? Are you someone else’s inspiration? Do you have a never give up approach?
Over the course of owning Best Ever You and wanting to become and author and speaker, and particularly when I started, I clearly remember the number of times someone has said to me, “Why don’t you just go get a job?” or “Why are you doing that?” I’ve also been called names and told I would never make it because I was a “washed up soccer mom” or “way too old” or—I love this one—“Who are you to tell people how to be their best?” No comments shock me anymore.
When people try to beat you down, it can be extremely difficult to stay focused on your vision and keep a positive attitude. There have been moments when I’ve asked myself, my husband, and my kids, “Should I just quit?” It was often followed with, “Maybe this is all just a pipe dream, and I’m just silly and wishing for something that will never happen.” Five people who never EVER said quit and, in fact, sometimes picked me up by some stubborn bootstraps are Brianna Brown, Natalie Pace, Pina De Rosa, Alexis Carra and Elle Sompres. To you all, I am so very grateful and, as evidence by this blog and your love, you all walk your talk. It was been so incredible to see you all change, thrive and follow your dreams. I feel blessed to have you and The New Hollywood by my side.
So please keep the word PERCOLATE safe by your hearts and minds. The word PERCOLATE can change your life. We all PERCOLATE. In fact in 2014, we even #Percolate on the internet or maybe #PercolatePeace.
I use the word percolate to teach you how to filter positive changes into your life gradually and learn the importance—and benefits—of spreading this powerful way of being to others. To me, percolating is about working through the fear of the unknown and having the courage to savor the moments that today brings.
When you make a decision to write a book, be an actor, go to college, or whatever it is you decided to do, you forever change yourself and those around you. You change moment by moment. You are percolating. I can look back at everything that has happened in my life and now more clearly see how and why I wrote this book. I thought I had some serious typos in my life, but they were really blessings to be counted and recounted. Yes, I’ve written a book, but I assure you, it could take another book just to thank everyone because I believe I’ve met each and every person in my life for a reason. It’s why the music has to start playing during acceptance speeches!!
Best Ever You & Percolate are all about the power and potential of we. We share and help promote each other’s ideas, and we value each other as part of a whole. Together, we create change, not only as individuals, but also worldwide, because everyone’s gifts and talents are respected and valued. Also, imagine the impact you have on another person’s life when you do something unexpected. Consider the effect these actions have on your own life when you shift the focus from yourself to others.
It was not easy to write PERCOLATE – Let Your Best Self Filter Through. I can assure you there were days when I was at my worst and I to shift the coffee pot to OFF. Throughout my writing process I’ve found myself on the floor of my closet having a crying fit over yoga pants. I’ve even channeled my inner Betty White! (One of my idols is Betty White and I had to often ask myself #WWBWD: What Would Betty White Do? Would she choose a cup of the serious Sumatra or go for a lighter New England blend?) But mostly it has been a pouring of love from family and friends and surrounding myself with those yes-sayers to bring this book to life. We all percolated while we percolated and are still percolating!! In fact, one friend, Dr. David Fraser got on a plane and flew from Scotland to Maine to help me. Dr. Katie Eastman was also by my side throughout.
I hope to help as many people as possible live their best and most positive, peaceful lives. This book is about living with purpose and awareness to the best of your ability, and in doing so, to find community and peace within. When we think with our heart, find gratitude and discover how much our moments matter, our mission together becomes to percolate peace.
About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino:
Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, Hay House author of PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through & founder and CEO of the Best Ever You Network, understands firsthand the challenges that life can bring and has worked with thousands of people worldwide to illuminate their light within and help them live their best life. She has a degree in communications and broadcasting; is a life coach, food-allergy expert, and anaphylaxis survivor; and is the host of The Best Ever You Show. Elizabeth and her husband and four sons live in Maine. Visit her websites: www.BestEverYou.com andwww.PercolateBook.com.
Percolate – Let Your Best Self Filter Through – amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Percolate-Your-Best-Filter-Through/dp/1401942989
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.