I Rise Up
The drum beats echo in the night,
calling my heart to wake up,
Whirlwinds suck up the ashes of my abandoned dreams,
I rise up,
Sparks catch the ashes and burst into flames,
igniting my souls dream to wake up,
Surging through the blood,
inflaming the passions of my heart, I rise up.
Dreams are the warriors of my soul,
stirring me to action, I wake up,
Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes ,
I rise up,
Dreams arise from the ashes remade,
even as I slide back into slumber, I wake up,
Rising from the ashes,
I again take flight, I rise up.
My heart rhythm matches the beats of the drum,
echoing in the heart of darkness, I wake up,
The roots imprisoning my feet stir at my souls fire,
heat rises up through my body, I rise up,
My soul breaks free of the restraints put upon it,
to slumber and sleep, I wake up
My soul rising up to take flight to the heavens,
chasing after the sun, I rise up
An eternal flame, a comet, I blaze across the heavens,
I have woke up,
The comet tail blazes across the sky,
it flares as I rise up,
Fully awake to my souls purpose,
once again I battle to fulfill it,
to wake the sleepers up,
For they too were conquered,
reduced to ashes they feel asleep, but now awakening,
WE RISE UP!
You remember what God’s destiny is for you when you are little. You have these hopes and dreams of what you will be when you grow up. Then you start school and like most of us, you lost sight of the those dreams. They got buried and forgotten. Like tumbleweeds you were blown away by the dust devils across the fields, your dreams broken and unseen.
Then something happens that knocks the wind out of you. Everything that you thought was important in your life, is shown to be fools gold. You stumbled and fell down. You grieved your loss in sackcloth and ashes. And because you are really lucky, you are remembered or are remembering what you are here to do.
So grab your pillows and shake last nights dreams loose from the feathers that you bound them up in. RISE UP. Those abandoned dreams are not truly cold and dead. They lay buried in the dream caverns, waiting for you to bring them back to life. To blow upon them the breath of life, igniting them once again into a steady flame.
“We always have the potential to rise. Rise out of our slump. Rise out of our negative thoughts. Rise out of our comfort zone. Rise out of our complaints, GET UP AND RISE…, Rising is a choice that’s one powerful thought away” – Kris Carr
What will defines you, is the RISE UP part. Everyone will fall down. You fall asleep because the going was so hard. You told yourself that you deserved to take it easy just for a little while. And so you fell asleep. It is part of the human experience. There is a spark of divinity in you still, and it is in the RISE UP part. It is how to become the person you were meant to be. The importance of this, is that the world is waiting for you and your gifts. It needs you to RISE UP, one more time and reenter the ring of life and fight the battle you were sent to fight. Something happens, these small occurrences, these coincidences. They start these sparks, that shine brightly . They will draw you in, they will stoke up those hidden fires. You will wake up.
“Coincidences are glimpses in to the creative mind of the universe” – Deepak Chopra
Each time you are reborn like the phoenix, you are just a little bit wiser from life’s experiences. You are stronger because even though you got knocked down, you got back up one more time. As long as you don’t quit, the “fat lady hasn’t sang”. It isn’t over, and you can still be a winner, fulfilling your destiny. Breathe your dreams to life, by taking one small step. Listen to the whispers of your soul. Enter the cave of your dreams and release them from their shackles of limitations, because in truth you have no limits.
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek” – Joseph Campbell
So if you are feeling a little sore, like a semi truck ran over you, backed up, and ran over you again, remember – remember you are like the Phoenix and can rise up from the ashes. Remember that the spark is always buried in the ashes, and just needs you to blow on it to re-ignite the flames. The dream doesn’t really die. It doesn’t expire. Look inside and awaken. Undergo a radical transformation and like the Phoenix RISE UP. Listen to your heart and RISE UP. RISE UP and follow your soul to the stars and beyond.
Remember that when life throws you to the wolves, you can come back leading the pack!
Come join us on March 7th for our next monthly free webinar on how to live your life with 20/20 focus. How to face the fears that are keeping you locked out of your destiny. How to unlock your cages and use those divine gifts with purpose to not only shift and change your world, but the entire world. Come and renew yourself. Find your voice and RISE UP!
“Set a goal so big, that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can” – Unknown
I don’t think that the importance of big dreams can be over emphasized. When you were a small child you believed that you could do anything, because your mom and dad said so. Then as you grew older, you would try things and fail. Because it doesn’t feel good to fail, you started putting limits on what you could do. So when you set goals to bring a dream into reality, you typically made it something that you felt comfortable could be achieved. Which defeats the purpose of the dream before you even get started.
“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” – Paulo Coelho
You have to trust in divine destiny. In the fact that you have a purpose in being here at this moment in time. That if it has been planted in your heart and soul, then it is yours to do. It is a different kind of trust than you are used to. You think that trust is something that is earned by how you behave and act.
This kind of trust though is different because it is not based on past actions. It is based on your being willing to accept the risk. No guarantees. Not because it is safe or certain that this is the right way to fulfill that life purpose or destiny. It could in fact be the failure that turns you to a completely different path, that leads to that destiny or life purpose. The trust is that no matter what happens it will serve you.
Your dreams need to be bigger than your fears, because that is how they grow you. If you don’t have faith in your ability to do something, or be something that you have never been or done, then there’s really nothing to believe in. This is because you will just go through life doing things you know you can do. And that is not accomplishing any dreams.
Unless you can imagine your dreams of doing something totally outside of your comfort zone coming true, they can’t get a purchase in your reality. Remember that you grow with your dreams, so they need to feel impossible in order to grow you. So reach for the stars and change not only your world, but the world around you.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah
Think of the Wright Brothers and the airplane. Think of President Kennedy and the “Moon Shot”. Think of Roger Bannister who had been told that if he actually ran a four minute mile he would die in the attempt. Think of Felix Baumgartner who jumped to the earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere. He actually broke the sound barrier with his body he was coming down so fast.
All of these people did amazing things because they got out of their comfort zones. Because they were willing to bust through their fear of failure and dare greatly to accomplish a dream. A dream so powerful that no one believed it could actually be done. So how did they do it? What is their secret?
This means a couple of things have to happen. You have to put action to the things you want to accomplish. Your faith has to be stronger than the negative mind talk that is going to try and drown out those actions, into never getting off the ground. Dreams are life realities waiting for you to make them come true.
then your dreams aren’t big enough.
“Life is tough, my darling. But so are you” – Stephanie Bennett Henry
So laugh a lot and realize how truly blessed life can be when you are dancing after your dreams. It is what the answer is to feeling stuck, bored, and unhappy. You just need to birth a new dream in your life.
It is reaching into your creative mind saying “I wonder if” to yourself as you think about what your logical mind has said is impossible. Then you catch a whisp of an idea, that leads you down the rabbit hole. There is a possibility here you say. It will probably fail. But if it did work, then wouldn’t that be wonderful? And before you know it, it’s become inevitable that it is going to work!
“Some of us let those great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true” – W Wilson
The first Saturday of every month we get together on Zoom to talk about our challenges, to encourage each other, and provide inspiration to continue on our individual journeys. As we share the lessons of each one’s individual journey, resilience is grown for everyone. Join us for the next conversation and become even more inspired to reach out and pull your dreams into reality.
Needless to say, he helped her park her car and called a taxi for her. It is a funny story, but there is a life lesson for us in this story.
Adventures are how we grow and realize the hidden strengths that are inside each of us. Each day we have the opportunity to start a new adventure. We can go on this adventure solo, or we can have partners that join us. It can be a business adventure or a personal journey to explore who we are now and who we can grow into. The choice of destination can be a fixed point, or it can be left open for divine guidance to take us to where the most growth can happen. The trust in the first case is that we did our homework and prepared for everything possible, and are ready for the impossible to show up. In the latter case, the trust is that whatever the divine throws at us to stimulate the growth is something that we can not only handle, but conquer and be victorious over.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
– Henry Miller
Martha Beck in her book, “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” speaks about leaps of faith. She says that the term for a collective (like herd of cows) for leopards is a “leap”. A leopard will leap up into the branches of a tree with an antelope carcass in its mouth that outweighs it. Each time the leopard leaps, it is an act of faith that it will make it up onto a branch 10 feet above it. If the leopard doesn’t make it, it could mean it’s death, as it would most likely land on its back with the weight of the antelope on top of it. Put yourself in that space and ask yourself – have you have truly ever taken such a leap of faith?
Everyone needs someone who will call and say, “get dressed, we’re going on an adventure”.
She goes on to say that each time we face an unknown, with creativity instead of grasping at known quantities, we leap. Each time we dare to think that our art (I insert here whatever your personal genius is) can sustain us financially we leap. She reflects that each time we surrender to the way things want to happen (not under our control), we leap. When was the last time that you truly surrendered to the divine guidance? That you truly followed the saying , “let go and let God”? It is the acknowledgement that we don’t have the answers. That we want to continue the adventure. That we are letting go of expectations. That we are letting go of our own brains “ideas” of how things should be. That we are letting go of the safety nets. That we are stepping out onto the tightrope,and one step at a time we are walking across,. That we are trusting our inner guidance to be the balance we need to get to the other side – whatever and wherever that is.
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What we discover when we leap, is what we are really made of. Do we shrink back at the challenges or opportunities that present themselves to us? Do we pass by the aid of angelic guides, because we think that what we see isn’t the answer we were looking for? That one is too easy, this one is too hard? Then when we find what we think is the perfect one, we get scared off by a family of bears?
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.
Today I took a leap. trusting in the magic of my soul. Today was the day that I took a deep breath, let go of certainty, trusted my heart, and leaped into “seeing what happens next.”
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
– D Elton Trueblood
So today we traded in all of our fears for faith and trust without reservation in divine guidance. Those who are curious have the best adventures, just ask Alice about her adventures in Wonderland. In traveling, we think that we are losing ourselves. Leaving behind the world that we know with all of its limitations and obligations. Instead, when we travel we find ourselves. We rediscover who we are and what is important. We open ourselves to the infinite stream of possibilities and wonder. Adventure fills your soul.
Only those who will risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go.
– T.S. Eliot
I think of Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. She learned so much about herself with her adventures. She had her companions with her, just as I do today. I don’t know the “how” part of this decision. But I listened to my heart, which said that it is the right decision. Dorothy didn’t know the “how” of getting home, but she listened to Glenda and set out on the journey.
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
– Ursula K. LeGuin
Glenda the Good Witch tells her at the end, “you had the power to go home from the very beginning”, so Dorothy of course asks, “why didn’t you tell me?” Because Glenda said, “you would not have believed it. You had to learn it by yourself.”
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have always imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau
The same is true for me, and you. Adventures is how we learn what are powers are, and what we are capable of creating together.
Faith is the daring of the soul to go further than it can see.
– (from Godfruits.com)
Most of us are in what Joseph Campbell calls “Sleepy Land”. We get so bound up in the day to day details of living, that we fall asleep to our purpose.
The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, “Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there, and so it starts.
– Joseph Campbell
Then one day it happens. We notice that we are missing something. We want more. We wake up to the fact that “more” is not more money. It is not a better job. It is not a bigger house. It is not a more luxurious car. It is elusive, and we may not know what “it” is. But we begin to figure out what “it” isn’t. It is our birthright,. It is what takes our life from “normal” to “greatness”.
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
– Carol Pearson
Men like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson figured out what that was for them. And while they had all of the things that people think will make them happy, it was the “more” that actually brought them to greatness. The dragons we must confront are all the lies that we told ourselves. If I rise up in the ranks at work, I will be happy. If I make six or seven figures, then I will be happy. If only I had a sports car I would be so happy. What we must discover is what “it” is.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
– Martin Buber
They may have started out after all of the material things, but they ended up with the “more”. There is a Billy Crystal movie from years ago. It was called City Slickers. Billy Crystal’s character meets up with this cowboy who asks him if he knows the secret of life. “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.” Billy Crystals character asks him what that one thing is, and the cowboy replies, “that’s what you have to find out.” It isn’t things and stuff. It is something more. It is something that demands more of you than you think that you have to give. And if you find it, and follow it where it leads, you will lead a life you never thought would be possible.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
– Joseph Campbell
This something else is transcendence. Transcendence happens when we “reclaim the visionary, the utopian, the dream of the better or happier world” – when everything that we touch becomes a prayer.
The genuine exploration of one’s self as an individual is the greatest contribution you can make toward humanity and all life. Ironically, inner self-reliance is what makes the whole of humanity stronger.
So how do we discover what it is? We have to walk out the door of the safe comfortable space we have created for ourselves. We have to walk down that path to the unknown. We have to enter the dark forest. You have to embark on the Hero’s journey. It is how you discover the vast resources that reside within you. A hero’s journey – finding the edge of your unknown forest, and entering into the heart of darkness.
What do you find there? You explore the caves of the past and you wake up to the dreams of the future. You let go of the life of existence, of “go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed and repeat over and over again”. The journey is an individual one, and each persons journey is different. We have to go within and listen to what our own truth is. Some walks you have to take alone. Otherwise your truth, your inner voice gets drowned out by others.
The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self.
– Joseph Campbell
Traveling down into the depths of the abyss we recover treasures of life. We recover the dreams we let die. Se see that the stories that we have told ourselves about past hurts are not entirely true. We become excavator’s and dig up the bones of the past. We let the past blow away like dust on the winds of healing. We see that most of the problems in our life have been mirrors being held up to us. Most of the time, we were too blind or too scared to acknowledge the truth. By exploring the darkness we become enlightened.
The fatal mistake is waiting for life’s circumstances to be right before we begin. Simply begin with your heart, look deeply into it and trust what you feel. Practice knowing and you will know.
– Hugh Prather
We become curious, our mind opens up to new ideas. Changes begin as we see new worlds to explore that have lain beneath the normalcy of our past life. We see possibilities instead of complications. We wonder. We release. We transform. We heal and become whole for the first time. We have to enter the forest and break away, to walk the hero’s path.
We realize that although we were damaged, we survived and that makes us dangerous. Because we now know how to not only survive, we know how to become whole again. We become both a mentor and a teacher for ourselves.
The wound is the place where the light enters you.
Being a mentor to oneself with love, light, grace, and compassion. Being a teacher to yourself with rage, darkness, fear, and judgment. We are both. Both are required for the heroes journey. Speaking love to overcome rage,. Speaking light to overcome darkness. Speaking grace to overcome fear. Speaking compassion to overcome judgment.
I guess that’s the thing about a hero’s journey. You might not start out a hero, and you might not even come back that way. But you change, which is the same as everything changing. The journey changes you, whether or not you know it, and whether or not you want it to.
– Kami Garcia
Rumi said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” As I learned to love myself, my relationship with everyone changed.
Loving myself lead to a clarity of my mind and heart. It gave me the courage to say “no more” hiding behind the masks. To say “no more” living in fear of what others will think of me. To say “yes” to me! The heavy armor I had built around me to protect me was in fact made of fear and stress. As I dropped it all behind me, I was left floating free in joy and freedom. I learned that I must be the ultimate believer in myself first.
I knew in my bones why I was here on earth. I may not always be clear on what to do next, but I am clear as crystal as to where I am going. Clarity of mind is how you find purpose in life. It in turn is linked to clarity of passion, which is the fire of your soul to fulfill your purpose.
I believe that when we tear down the barriers we have built against loving ourselves, that we dispel the veils of illusion that obscure the direction of our life path. Love is an energy that engages us in life in a whole new way. Maya Angelou said, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
Life is about breaking our own limitations. It is about outgrowing who we were. It is about living our lives, by outgrowing ourselves over and over. It is about being curious and opening doors and finding new paths to explore.
When we are at the airport and getting ready to check our luggage, they always ask, “Has anyone asked you to carry something for them in your luggage? Has anyone else packed your bags?” Have you ever wondered how much of what weighs you down is not yours to carry? What beliefs do you carry around in your baggage that don’t really belong to you? When we unpack the stories in our luggage, what we find is that we are carrying around stories that belong to our parents, our grandparents, our family, culture, tribe. Most of those stories are not ours. They are not who we are. They belong to others and need to be unpacked, they need to be left with those that they really belong to. That is the luggage that needs to be checked. Release it.
“I can’t”. . . , “it’s not possible”. . . , “I’m not good enough”. . . , These are the lies the demons of your past use to scare away the possibilities of the present.
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
There is a movie that Lucille Ball made with her husband about a trip they were making in a car that was towing a big trailer. Along the trip the character Lucille was playing kept putting in these large stones or rocks of everyplace they stopped. Finally the weight was so much, they couldn’t tow the trailer up over the mountains. This is the same for us.
How many of us walk around being weighed down by the baggage of our journey? You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go . . . , and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet.
– Dr. Steve Maraboli
Our mind has these filters. They sort through everything that we see and do, looking for proof of our beliefs. We carry with us all of these heavy stones, which are stories of our past. At some point the weight of the stories will pull us down, if they are weighted with negativity. We need to unpack all of the “I should of’s” and “I shouldn’t have’s” and leave those stones at the side of the road you are traveling on. We need to lighten the load, by releasing everything negative.
I am like a book, with pages that have stuck together for want of use. My mind needs unpacking and the truths stored within must be turned over from time to time, to be ready when occasion demands.
The problem with our stories, is that they are usually one sided. This is because our “truth” is never the entire truth. It takes courage to break those chains and redefine your own life. What we need to do is examine all of those stories. We need to unpack the stories and ask, why they are important? What about our true values do they reflect? What about them brings us joy and happiness? What do they tell us from a space of self love and trust? When we focus our light on the things that build us up, the things that were dragging us down will disappear on their own. They can’t exist in our authentic light of love and truth.
Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release
Our minds do not know the difference between actual events and our imagination. Most of us carry these unconscious beliefs formed as a small child before we really understood what was really happening. For example, when I was around four years old, I walked in on my mom having an affair. Shortly thereafter my mom and dad divorced. As a four year old, I assumed the responsibility of breaking up the marriage. I felt that I wasn’t to be trusted, and that it wasn’t safe to be seen.
That program ran my life all of my childhood and most of my adult life. When I figured out what was creating the pattern of “my foot on the brake and gas at the same time”, I released that story. I had nothing to do with the breakup of my parents marriage. Now this pattern no longer shows up in my life. Most of us have patterns created by a small child, that were made up by our imagination to explain something that we didn’t understand..
The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.
– Les Brown
So take a few moments and ask yourselves the questions we talked about. Loosen up the load; put down the bags; unlock the chains and let them fall to the ground; unpack those bags. Set yourself free. Reminds me of the lyrics from 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Just slip out the back Jack and set yourself free.
Sometimes the most difficult part of any journey is believing that you’re worthy of the destination. The one where you see that goal, that dream or what it is that you have always longed for. You are brave enough to face the challenges and strong enough to see it through the end. Never be afraid to take that first step. With each new step, bringing you closer to it. Believe it! You can do it.
– Brigitte Nicole
We all have those days. The days when nothing is seeming to go the way you planned. That day when every mistake you made in the past year, shows up on your desk within 5 minutes of your sitting down. Those days when you feel that the very idea of being able to control anything in your life, is life’s great joke on you.
“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen at once” – Paulo Coelho
If you could see what was being hidden in each of our lives, I think that you would be more loving to one another. There is a video that was done, where little thought bubbles come up as the camera goes down the halls and elevators in a hospital. Someone is saying goodbye to their dying father. One man was just told the tumor was benign, while another was told he has cancer. An elderly woman with oxygen has been waiting for a heart transplant for 69 days. An exhausted nurse is at the end of a 12 hour shift. “
Those are the days when you need someone to hug you and say, “You are Good Enough. You are Capable of Handling this. You are Important. You are more than Worthy. You are LOVED. You are NOT ALONE.” These are the days that you need all of the light and love that the world can send you. What you have to remember, is that at this very moment, someone in the world is either sending you that love, or is in need of you to send that love.
“Could a greater miracle take place, than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau
It is when you are living our life from the place of passion and purpose, that you shine the brightest. Knowing that your deepest dreams can be reached. It is when you take that deep breath, and just let the emotions flow out of you, that you can reset yourself. It is hard to be loving and empathetic when you are in survival mode. You need to give yourself the oxygen mask, reset your emotions and then help others. Find that spark inside of you, and let it shine first for you. Then shine it for others to help them find theirs.
Recently driving into work, I was playing a CD with healing sounds. A friend of mine knew that I have been having some health issues, and thought it might help. So I purchased it and have been playing it all week. I realized that every area in almost everyone’s life right now is undergoing some issues. Work layoffs; health issues; injustices in life, and just watching the news can make you a little stressed out about how everything is in a negative place right now. But writing these posts and finding the “good news” articles and videos is what keeps my feet walking down my path of transformation. It is keeping me sane. It is why I write, and why I want to share what I find with all of the other LemonadeMakers out there.
“Remember . . . the entrance to the sanctuary is within you” – Rumi
Then you add in everything negative happening with politics, terrorists attacks; the workplace and school shootings, countries at war within their own borders, or threatening to make war on other countries – it can all feel overwhelming. None of these problems have easy solutions. I think that we are all being called by the Divine to wake up. To be the love and light that the world needs to heal. We all need to heal in some way.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you with leaving happier” – Mother Teresa
The first Saturday of every month we get together on Zoom to talk about our challenges, to encourage each other, and provide inspiration to continue on our individual journeys. As we share the lessons of each one’s individual journey, resilience is grown for everyone. Join us for the next conversation and become even more inspired to reach out and pull your dreams into reality.
It’s better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
– Diane Grant
When we try to walk down another persons road, it leads to disillusionment and disappointment. That is because it isn’t “our” road. In the book “The Pilgrimage”, Paulo Coelho said that:
It is our decision to walk, that creates the road ahead of us.
– Paulo Coelho
Trying to explain to someone what our personal truth is for the path we are walking, is like trying to explain rocket science to a baby. It isn’t that the baby will never understand rocket science. It is that the baby isn’t yet developed enough to understand. We can’t explain our path to someone who isn’t yet at that same stage of their own truth. It will only create misunderstandings, miscommunications, and lots of frustration. Even we sometimes can’t put into words the necessity for why we have to do something. We just know that we have to do it. It has to do with our being conscious and open minded enough to realize when we are being directed. It has to do with our acceptance of that direction, even when we don’t know why.
It takes courage to keep walking when the path is obscured by confusion. TRUST. BELIEVE. And just keep walking. The way will be revealed.
– Sue Krebs
It is both being courageous and having curiosity, that keeps us forging ahead on the path. It is the journey itself, that grows us as a person. It is our attitude about what happens. It molds us either for our greater good, or for living out life disappointed as a victim of circumstances and bad luck. It is the difference between knowing what you need to do, and doing what needs to be done. It is easy to get the knowledge, but the wisdom only comes from putting that knowledge into action. It can’t just be “book learning”, it also has to be married to “learning in action”.
Getting lost along your path is part of finding the path you are meant to be on.
– Robin S. Sharma
It has been said that it’s never about obtaining the “goal”. It is rather about who you need to become, to achieve the goal. There are many different roads to walk. They go through many different landscapes. It could be a forest path, with giant trees that shadow the land. It could be through sand dunes and along beaches. It could be a path of a river which sometimes meanders slowly, and other times rushes through rapids crushing you against the rocks, and then dumps you down a waterfall. It could be the hot desert or the frozen tundra. Each path will require different skillsets in order for you to become the master of your journey. Different clothing, different shoes, different temperatures to be endured. Different equipment from ropes, boats, sleds etc. . . . It is always your choice of where you step, and which path(s) your choose. If you don’t like the first road you chose, move over to a new one.
You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
– Marianne Williamson
It is always our decision to skip and sing our way along the yellow brick road, or to whine, complain, dragging our feet as we ask “are we there yet”? Are you standing in your own truth? Are you walking your own path? Is your heart guiding you? Look for the opportunities to better understand the journey. Look for the helpers to guide us on our path. The destination or outcome of our journey isn’t what is important. It is who we are becoming, what we are actually doing that makes us successful.
I have always loved the saying, “It’s not the destination,… it’s the journey”. This is because the path we choose is our journey. It is where we live our life. It is all of life’s experiences. The good, bad, and the ugly. The messy parts, as well as the glorious adventures. We can see treasures every single day, if we just take the time to notice them. Life goes on, it moves on. It does it regardless of whether we are saying yes to our destiny or running the other way. Since the path to happiness lies in the direction of our destiny, why not say yes? Choose happiness.
Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
– Garth Nix
Along the way, we live life out loud. We can choose to taste and savor the experiences that that journey brings to us. The more that we can reach out in happiness, joy, and just plain exuberance, the richer our life is. The destination is simply a road sign. A sign that we made it to “X”. Then we begin planning a new destination or goal. It’s all about the road we choose, the path we forge. Who we are becoming. What we reveal and release that is not truly who we are at heart.
By choosing the path, we choose the destination.
– Thomas Monson
Have you ever heard the saying, “you can’t go home again”? The reason why is that while you were away, you changed. You look at things differently. You think that everything changed. But in reality it was you who changed. The house you lived in as a small child, suddenly looks much smaller – the house didn’t change size – but your way of looking at the world changed. We are all far from who we once were, and we are still farther from whom we are growing into. What is really scary is when you go home again, and see those who haven’t changed. They haven’t even put on foot onto their path. They are still stuck back five, ten, or twenty years ago with the same victimhood mentality. They are caution signs to keep walking on your path.
One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
– Henry Miller
So cast off the bowlines. Sail out of the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds and see where they take you. Remember that you are always only one decision away from a totally different life. Embrace the journey and it will love you back. Trust your journey, even when you don’t understand where destiny is taking you. It could just be the biggest, most juiciest trip of your life.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like” – Lao Tzu
Every year in January the majority of us will set goals for the new year. You may call them New Years Resolutions or goals. They can be personal goals such as your weight or physical fitness goals, or business/financial goals. What ever they are they generally designed to enhance your life in some way.
“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – Rumi
One thing that I have discovered about myself is realizing when I am pushing a goal to happen in a certain way or time frame, life gets frustrating and hard. But if I step back and look at my goal from the aspect of divine timing, I can usually see that the reason why the goal isn’t progressing. There is something that I am missing, something vital to make it happen. When the progress towards the goal starts to become pushing a boulder uphill, I know now to walk it backward down the hill until the pressure is released.
“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called awakening…, Another word for that is freedom – freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human” – Pema Chadron
I step back and re-look at what I am doing. Re-look at the time table. Re-examine the reasons behind the goal to see if I need to adjust what the goal is trying to accomplish. I love the analogy of flowing downstream in a river. There are these little bays or inlets, eddies in the river where you can float in stillness. In these places, you acquire knowledge, skills, make partnerships, etc.., things that will be needed later down river. You have a chance to examine and revise your goals based on new knowledge. Then when the timing is right, you re-enter into the river and flow further downstream.
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed” – Peter M Senge
When you step out of the river of change, you are trying to keep your comfort zone in place. Change threatens your comfort zone. In the process of trying to keep a stable, balanced comfort zone you step out of the river. You damn up the divine flow of your life.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” – Lena Horne
Stop struggling against the load, Instead, relax and float. You can float for hours. It is the struggle that makes you exhausted, wastes all of your energy and breaks you down, so that you give up. The struggle and the pushing come from trying to force things to happen a certain way. You can force your foot into a shoe one size too small, but you will only cause blisters and pain for yourself. Drop the expectations,, stop pushing for change, and let it unfold with divine timing.
“Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful” – Gautama Buddha
Go within, where the wisdom and clarity reside. Instead of having to defend yourself, or prove something, you discover the compassion to simply let life flow forward and outward in simplicity.
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is the key.” Buddha
The way you meet an ending impacts the new beginning. Or to put another way, the way you meet change impacts who you are becoming. When a door opens for you, it’s not just something new entering into your life. It’s your life becoming something new.
Change happens whether you want it to or not. So stop fighting change. Stop striving for perfection. Trying to manage change only slows it down, and your experience of change will be impacted by negative emotions. Instead embrace change. Lean into it. Discover what lessons it has to teach you. Take a moment to become curious. Trust that it is leading you into a better tomorrow.
Ending with my two favorite Bruce Lee quotes:
“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend” – Bruce Lee
And the second one is:
“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go beyond them. I wish you success in growing beyond any plateaus that you are currently experiencing in your life. Be water and flow” – Bruce Lee
We all stand at the threshold of a great adventure every day. It can be a scary place, because we all have our individual self doubts. We have to unlearn the programming that says it is selfish to put ourselves first. It is not selfish to love ourselves, to take care of ourselves, and make our own happiness a priority. As they say on every airplane takeoff, in case of emergency, put your own oxygen mask on first, then you can help others.
Every soul is beautiful and precious; is worthy of dignity and respect, and deserving of peace, joy, and love.
– Bryant McGill
You cannot change what is going on around you, until you start changing what is going on inside of you. We need to put on that oxygen mask, so we can take stock of what inside of us is not working. We need to let go of what is not ours to fix, put up with, or allow to continue happening.
We are all born with a purpose and a passion. It is up to you to seek out that purpose and find your passion.
– Billy Cox
We are fragile human beings who can be destroyed by another’s words or actions. If we are not being treated with love and respect, we need to see what value we have assigned to ourselves. The people that we surround ourselves with are a reflection of how we view ourselves. We need to get off the “reduced last chance sale rack”, and get inside the fancy glass case where the precious jewels are displayed.
You are determining the future you every day. Will the decisions you make today lead you closer to the person you want to be tomorrow?
– Brenna Smith
How many times for example has someone said, “Where to you want to go to dinner?” and your answer was that you didn’t know or didn’t care. You do know what you feel like eating, but somehow, you always say, “it doesn’t matter, what you do want?” The scriptures say something like, he who is faithful in little things, is faithful in bigger things. What it is talking about is the principle of patterns. What you do in the big things has been formed by the habits of what you do in the little things. The habit of always putting others before you, started in the smaller things, like what do you want for dinner.
Be authentic! Don’t lower your dreams to fit it with others. If people can’t celebrate your dreams, they are probably not your friends.
– Phineas Kinuthia
We may be afraid that no one will listen to us, so why speak. We may be terrified that they will laugh at our dreams and say they are unattainable. We fear being judged as unworthy, not enough. We don’t want to be all alone and so we abdicate our life away, so that we will be accepted and fit in. This is the story that we tell ourselves so that we don’t have to change.
Instead we can start making choices that feed us, energize us. We can choose to be unstoppable. To be bigger than any worries that are buzzing around us. Those buzzing worries are just scenario’s that no longer serve to build us up. Release what is no longer serving you. Open the window shooing the fly to go buzz its way outside.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do, is also the right thing to do.
The universe is always speaking to us . . . sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.
– Nancy Thayer
You are more than you have shown yourself to be so far. You are more than you have been willing to see. You are stronger than you know. Trust your intuition and live a courageous life.
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self respect leads to self discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.
– Clint Eastwood
Today is the day to get up and walk down your sacred path. Choose to dwell in divine possibility. Awaken to the divine guidance that has been sending you messages. Believe in the divine plan, that you are more capable than you ever dreamed. Remember that you will never had to sacrifice your dignity for your destiny. If it feels like that is the choice, then your intuition is telling you to pass that choice by.
Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain and overlook the old.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The world needs more poets like Maya Angelou. Her writings are so inspirational.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within” – Maya Angelou
When you shine your light, it means that you are expressing your souls purpose in being here. You are living congruently with your souls purpose and your light shines out. Don’t you just love being around people, when they are being their authentic selves? That is true charisma and magnetism. Maya Angelou was such a soul. Desmond Tutu is another such soul.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu
When you listen to the news each morning or evening, it is hard to see the light through all of the darkness. So much of the news is about the darkness in your community, with only the occasional story that reflects the everyday heroes among us.
“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path” – Buddhist Proverb
Then you all have those times when the darkness of the world has settled into your own living rooms. You lose a loved one in death; you lose your job; your family falls apart and that special person that promised to love you forever, leaves you. It could be that due to addictions, your spouse or child has turned into someone that you don’t recognize. Despite everything you try, you can’t reach them. So much darkness can spill across your threshold, like the floods during a storm, safety seems to be an unreachable, forgotten place. You may feel that no matter how many candles you light, the darkness has taken over and you can’t see your way out of it. The pain has spread from your hearts and buried your soul.
“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world” – Oprah Winfrey
This is the time when you might believe that everything is finished. That life is over for you. That it is no longer worth living. And that is when a new beginning happens. I love the analogy of photos and darkrooms. The negative is developed in the dark. Then when the chemicals have worked their magic the photo can be seen. Out of the darkness comes a beautiful picture. Something new has been created.
“If you can’t be the light, be the match. You may not be the candle to illuminate the room, but your spark can be the source of it’s light” – Unknown
For most of you, if you look backwards in your lives, you find that the most personal growth was created by the darkness that entered your life. If you can remember that, when you are going through the “dark night of the soul”, then you know that even if life is giving you bushels of lemons at the moment, something beautiful is about to be born. It is at this time that you need to remember these words:
“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself” – Desiderius Erasmus
In the words of another wise soul, Martin Luther King Jr start where you are.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr.
You have to keep moving forward into the light. You have to find some way to keep the light of your heart alive. Martin Luther King Jr. told us that only light can drive out the darkness, and only love can drive out the hate. Your heart has both the light and the love you need contained within it, if you don’t barricade yourself from it.
“Some days you will be the light for others, and some days you will need some light from them,… As long as there is light, there is hope, and there is a way” – Jennifer Gayle
So when darkness seems to be the only thing you can see, look more closely. LemonadeMakers are all around you. We all have our heart lights shining out into the darkness, helping others to see their way out.
“Strong people don’t put others down, . . . they lift them up” – Michael P Watson
You all have your own stories of the darkness that visited with you. LemonadeMakers know your story, because we have been in your shoes. We will help you back into the light, and you in turn will help someone else. That is what the light of love is all about.
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