Looking at the experience of living I can only come to one conclusion and that is that life is a beautiful play. Designed to teach you lessons along the way, fooling you into believing that you are in control and driving the ride you are on, but supplying the stage for triumph or tragedy. Revealing slowly, surely and completely that we may not be completely in control of this story but the mere beneficiary of the script. Left to choose to become this or that, rich or poor, smart or ignorant, accepting or judgmental, there are many choices we do make but it is all seems to be a predetermined act and we are merely the actors.
Life has a plan for our lives. That is something that is becoming clearly factual to me. Each of our experiences is brought into our consciousness for a reason and our job is to glean the lesson, understand the content and grow onto the next adventure. The challenge is to be able to get the lesson, not be overwhelmed and lose your way. I am sure there is a path for all of us. Follow your passion for discovering where your path will be leading you.
The story of Noah has always seemed a bit peculiar to me. A gentleman decides to build a giant boat on dry land and to put a bunch of animals on board. It made no sense and people generally ridiculed him for being different and having beliefs.
Sometimes you reach the point where things are just not working. Clearly, there needs to be a change. The path of your life is dictated at this moment. Good, bad, successful, right, or wrong all of these adjectives will be applied to your journey depending on the tenor of the choices that you make at the prospect of change. Some people will look at their circumstances and see no choices at all. There are always choices and they usually triggered by the questions that we ask ourselves about moving forward. There has to be a basic belief that life can be something different from what you are experiencing now.
“I am afraid. ” There I said it, I admit it. Now the challenge is for you reading this look at yourself and see how true that statement is for you. Fear is so ingrained in our society that sometimes it is difficult to even recognize it anymore. If you are like me then it is time for you to get onto common ground with your fear and face up to it.
How Super Are You? (Hint: Pretty Super)
Who hasn’t imagined at some point in their lives that they were a superhero like Superman? Of course, we all have looked at the super powers of Superman and wondered what life would be like with that power. It is amazing to me that so many people don’t see the powers they possess. Strength, character and a commitment to truth and justice as well.
Courage lets You go in the right direction
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere.” –Unknown
Like everybody else in life, there have been times when I have been faced with circumstances that were not the most pleasant to deal with. There are really only two choices as to how you decide to face these moments in life. One is to act out of fear, that you may lose what you have worked for or be hurt irreparably by whatever misstep has come your way. Or you can face the challenge of the situation head on and with a courage that you will not be conquered by the events of your life and you will not shrink from them. You will come out on the other end a stronger, better person. Courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
It is time to mark another year of existing on this planet and a trip around the sun. (Song at the bottom) I am excited to have made it this far and am encouraged and looking forward to the adventures that the next year is going to bring. Each year in retrospect, I am always kind of stunned by the number of people that have entered my life and affected me in a positive, powerful way. Some who don’t even realize it. Here are my top 49 thoughts on my 49th year.
- It is great to still be here!
Are You Ready To Rise?
For a long time, I believed that if you created a graph of the activity and thought a person experienced in their life it would inevitably have a wide variety of points. There would be high moments where you experienced you best and of course there would be the predictable low moments where tragedy and disappointment visited a life. In between the highs and lows are the steady moments of life that make up the majority of our experiences and most lives exist in this but that chart is not accurate because it is just a representation of our perceptions and possibly limited beliefs.
The Wizard of Oz has always been a classic, because of the message it teaches. Yearly it is enjoyed by children of all ages, but because of the symbolic search, the characters embark on. The search for personal growth is one that I am very familiar, the ability to think, have a heart, maintain your courage and find a home. I think we are all looking for the same things. Here are a few things I have learned on my trip through Oz.
One of the most common blocks people face in accomplishing their goals is the worry about what others might think of your choices, behaviors or talents. How often have you stopped doing something because you didn’t want to look foolish or be picked on by someone else? This is a limiting thought that can be easily changed if you start to focus on what you are doing in the moment and forget what others are thinking about it, you will enjoy life a whole lot more and find success as well. There are several simple reasons that this is true.
There are several sure-fire behaviors that we can all choose which are guaranteed to ruin your life, give you less happiness and cause you to be angry each day. Practice these things and you are guaranteed to be unhappy. Be careful because happiness will always seek a way into your life.
Be Mean to Others
A great place to start is to make sure that you are mean to other people. Most people are mean and accepting of others because we see faults in them that we see and dislike in ourselves. So look at what you dislike about yourself, recognize it in someone else and be mean to them. Gossip about them, name call and discriminate if you can.
It is not uncommon to move through a day on a very
strict schedule, moving from event to event merely marking time as a restriction in completing the actions of your day. Move quickly, work quickly, think quickly, love quickly. The conditioning of our lives leads us to value brevity in completing all tasks because it is viewed as the most efficient use of time.
Life isn’t always easy. The path of least resistance is most often not going to be your path. Hardships and chaos can make you wonder what this is all for. Why do we have to experience painful moments? What is the point?
I have often found that accepting the difficult parts of life to be some of the hardest lessons learned. They are painful and most often cause you to look deep inside of yourself to see the truth. You can feel angry, upset or out of control. Whatever your reaction to the events of your life, understand that the events are most likely not going to change, but the reaction and growth you experience will. So what is the point?
So much of our lives revolve around the stories we tell. Not only the ones we tell others about our past but more importantly the stories we tell ourselves about the past. These stories about our perception of our history tend to color and temper the expectations that we have for ourselves today. What is the value of this? It is time to let go of the history and move forward.
I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about all of the things we had done that in retrospect seemed like bad ideas.
Failed relationships, poor decisions, wrong turns on the path of life all came up, and my friend said the magic phrase, “If I knew then what I know now, things would be different. If I could only do it all over again.” That thought is probably one that everyone has had at some point in their lives. I, myself, have thought this before, but not any longer.
“At some point in our life, every one must decide if they are a creator or a critic, a lover or a hater, a giver or a taker.” ~ Unknown
Life is a short ride, and the decisions we make each day determine if that ride is a thrilling experience that makes you hold your breath or if it is a calm walk through the park.
The choices we make every day will determine the tone, happiness and satisfaction we get out of life. Choose well.
Are you living life in the way that you really want? Do you say everything you want? Or do you hold back your true thoughts because of a fear that what you really think will cause suffering for you? If you are not confident enough in your ideas to speak them without fear, you are living in a prison. If you don’t do exactly what you want because you are afraid of what others will think you are in a prison. I think that for much of my life I have been in a prison of my own making and it is time to organize a prison break. In order to escape your cage, you need to honestly assess its limitations.
Who hasn’t wanted to spread a valuable message to a large number of people all at once? That is the draw of blogging and writing. It is alluring to share advice because you hope all of your mistakes and bad experiences can help others. It would be great to have my thoughts and ideas help other people in a broad way.
I am stating my message, I want to make it one that a reader might remember and might have a positive effect on them. We can only deliver the message, it is up to others to decide if they want to hear what we have to say. Here are 3 big messages from me to you!