The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
– Mark Twain
Finding your passion isn’t just about a dream job for your career, or about being wealthy. It is about finding your authentic self. It is about having a meaningful life, with both spirituality and community weaved together. This authentic life is your life propose. The surest way to find your life purpose is to follow where your passion leads you. When you find it and align everything in your life with it, that is when your eyes light up, and your heart sings with joy. You literally fill up your soul with light and shine brightly from within. This is your calling, given to you by the divine. It is the difference between really living and just existing.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it is realistic or not.
– Deepak Chopra
When you are in alignment with your purpose, passion creates a calmness within the heart, so that no matter what the madness and chaos that is happening around us, we are at peace. When you embrace your authentic self, you have no competition. When you focus on your passion and fulfilling your purpose, the doors of opportunity swing wide open. Creativity seems to pour out of your soul. Ideas pop into your head. You see so many possibilities that your like a kid in a candy store and you can’t decide which one to taste first.
Have the courage to follow the things that you are naturally drawn to. Pupose is the reason you journey, walking the path towards insight pulls you forward. Passion is the fire that lights the way, and keeps you going on the dark and stormy nights. I think of Jane Goodall, who has lived her whole life for monkeys. I don’t understand her passion for them, but you can see it. What I can understand, is having that kind of passion. I have it, for LemonadeMakers. It is your job, your responsibility, your calling, to let the world know why you are here. The world needs people who have come alive with passion.
Curiosity only does one thing, and that is to give. And what it gives you are clues on the incredible scavenger hunt of your life.
– Elizabeth Gilbert
We find happiness by being driven by this curiosity, because it causes us to ask questions that we would never think to ask. It causes us to look in strange places for answers to the questions and make connections. The connections might seem strange, yet they fit perfectly to what is happening in our lives. Each one a clue to the next place to look, the next discovery to make. We get so excited about what we are discovering that our friends and relatives look at us as though we have gone over the deep end of the pool.
One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all. And then stand back to see if we can ever find them.
– Elizabeth Gilbert
It is looking in the strange places that we find clues to what we are capable of in our lives. We see how everything in our past is connected. We can see the dots being connected. The main path we are walking, with all of the side roads winding through the woods. We see how each served a purpose, even though we did not connect the dots until years later. But each jewel we discover is required to have the complete set of our string of pearls, which is our life.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically – to say “no” to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.
– Stephen Covey
You have to peel off the masks of social conditioning that say you must meet the needs of others, before your own. That what you need and desire, is as important. In fact, will be fatal to your soul if you don’t pursue it. You must become what you are seeking. It needs to seep deep into your pores, become part of your cells. Live and breathe your dream.
Do you remember having a favorite article of clothing that you loved to wear? It might have been when you were a child, and you wanted to wear it every day, and your mom would argue with you to choose something different. But you only wanted to wear that particular outfit. So you would pitch a fit until she gave in, or maybe you snuck it out of the house and changed and wore it anyway. Wear your passion like that. Be a rebel.
You’ll learn as you get older that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your own terms, and never ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though everyone is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit it.
– Mandy Hale
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The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. Desire to transform is what gets us started. The secret to action is doing just one small thing each day to further the dream into reality. The secret to success in found in having a daily routine in which you insert those small steps. Determination is what helps us build momentum, to keep going as the path takes us up a steep hill. Sometimes that means we let go of less important things.
The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Remember the wagon train days. They loaded their wagons with all of the belongings they couldn’t bear to let go of. Along the trail to Oregon, you found the landscape littered with such items that became too heavy of a load to continue to carry. Sometimes it means we learn to do something differently. We all have good intentions. We set intentions to accomplish our dreams. But many times hoping and setting those intentions isn’t enough. You need to be committed to bringing those dreams into reality. You need to be faithful with your actions to back up that commitment. Dedication is how we continue.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
– Steve Prefontaine
What is currently happening in our life, is a reflection of our past choices. Releasing and letting go of what no longer serves us, is like cleaning up the gutters on our roof. If we want the water to drain correctly, then the gutters need to be cleaned of all of the debris that has been deposited into them. If we don’t, they won’t work correctly, and the water collected from the rain will drip all over, instead of being channeled down the drain spout. Everything in your life currently is a result of choices. The people in our lives, our career, the home we live in, the car we drive.., they were once a choice of something that we wanted, needed, or desired to have.
Seeing things from a higher perspective causes you to experience sudden bouts of stunning clarity – you understand that everything that’s ever happened in your life played out exactly as it was supposed to.
– Stephen J. Hopson
The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.
For years I told myself that I would write when the kids were in school; then it was when the kids were out of the house; then it was when I would retire – then I would have the time to write. I kept putting off my dreams, not because there wasn’t time. That was the lie that I told myself. It was because I was afraid that what I wrote wouldn’t be worth reading. Who was I to think that I had some kind of talent? Publishers would reject my stories. No one would want to read what I put on paper. I had to realize for myself that at some point, later would never happen.
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.
– Maya Angelou
I had to realize for myself that the words in my head telling me I would be a failure, were not true. That the voice in my heart telling me I could do this, was the one that I should listen to. That my personal transformation started with a transformation of my inner voice. I would no longer allow it, to make me feel small and unworthy. I might have a learning curve, it might take time to go from a beginner to a master, but if I kept putting myself into action, I could do this.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
– Helen Keller
There are no limits. There are only plateaus and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
– Bruce Lee
It is our fears that create limitations in our lives. My fear of failure and being laughed at, created the limitation of not enough time. Everything that happens for us, can be transformed into something of value. Now my fear of success has me dragging my heels, because I know if I am as successful with writing as I think that I can be, that once again everything in my life will shift and change. Some of those changes I may not like, and I can’t see how all of the moving parts of my life will continue to fit in that new space. What will it require me to give up?
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.
– Joseph Campbell
There just comes a time when those thoughts of holding on tightly to everything in your life, are just too heavy. When there is no other choice but to let go, and let God. When the compass points in only one direction, the cave you are afraid to enter, because you know what you will find in there. You will be laid bare with no more excuses; and you will have to own who you are. and do something about it. That time is now. If not now, then when? When the time is all spent, and there is none left?
Let today be the day you love yourself enough to no longer just dream of a better life; let it be the day you act upon it.
– Steve Maraboli
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
– Sir Edmund Hillary
Focus on the good that will be gained. Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They challenge you, break you open, uplift and expand you. They don’t let you play small with your life. These heartbeats are your people. These people are your tribe. This is the tribe of LemonadeMakers.
There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to believe it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.
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If you are unhappy with anything…, whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.
– Tina Turner
When you let go of whatever the negative thing is, you are not agreeing that the situation was acceptable. You are walking away because whatever is going on is not worth destroying you. You release the anger, the frustration of trying to get someone else to see your truth; or trying to fix something that isn’t your business to fix. You wall away, and you do not walk back and reclaim it, because someone promises that this time things will be different. You walk away, leaving that baggage on the ground, and you climb up onto that plane and you fly far, far away. Never settle.
You can’t reach for anything new, if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.
– Louise Smith
Regrets are heavy baggage. Whatever we walk away from or whatever we feel we have lost in our lives, usually have regrets attached to it. What we said or didn’t say, what we should have done or did do. Whatever didn’t turn out perfectly sits on the scale of our judgment against ourselves or others. Forgive both yourself and others, wipe the scale clean of all debris. Recycle those regrets, let go of the past, so that you can truly move on.
We are all responsible for the energy we have around us. Drama Queens can’t exist without an audience. Stop being one, and they will find someone else. This creates space in your life for the right kind of people. Those who see the real you, that you’ve buried deep within. They hold up the mirror to you, so that you can see your potential. The endless possibilities of who you really are. They believe in you, because they love who you are, not who they want you to be. These are once in a lifetime kinds of people. Find them and keep them in your life.
We all fit together to create this experience we call life. None of us can see the part we play or the way it all turns out. Maybe the miracles that we see are just the tip of the iceberg. And maybe we just don’t recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things.
– Making Faces, Amy Harmon.
When my granddaughter and I saw the movie “Passengers”, I thought that quote really is the story line of the movie.
A computer malfunction in the sleeping pod of the main male character happens and he gets woken up around 30 years into a flight of around 120 years. During first year he goes crazy being alone.
important encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.
– Paulo Coelho
Then one day he finds a sleeping pod of a beautiful woman and starts obsessing about waking her up. Even though he knows he shouldn’t one day he does it. At first she thinks that like him, it was a computer malfunction. Then she discovers the truth, and her anger at what he has done to her life drives her crazy. Then a third person, a ship employee is awakened due to continuing computer malfunctions. They discover with his help that the ship is failing due to damage received from asteroids. The ship employee dies from health complications created by his pod leaving them to try and save the ship of over 5,000 fellow passengers and the crew.
In the process of doing this they almost die several times. They discover that their being together is the miracle and blessing of their being able to save everyone else. In saving them, they save themselves.
I entered the after-loss broken and shattered. It’s like I had this big bag of fragments I once called life and dumped them in the middle of this new world and said, “Here. this is all I’ve got left. What can I do with this?”
– Benjamin Allen
They come to peace with living out their lives together alone on the ship, knowing that they won’t reach their destination in their lifetime. She learned to let go of the baggage of what he did to her. He let go of the baggage of what he did. They realized that without everything that happened to them, the entire ship would have been destroyed. They let go of what they planned for their lives by taken this journey, and lived the journey they instead found with each other. They realized that blessings can come as a result of terrible things.
We all have some sort of emotional baggage in our lives. One bag is filled with things that people said to us, situations where our character was unfairly tarnished. This bag is waiting for apologies that will most likely never happen. Then there is this other bag of regrets where we lied to someone; promises we broke; things we said to others because our pain was so great that we needed to hurt someone else just as much as we were hurting. The items contained in the bags could be listed down long pages. They are not unique to us. What we have to come to realize, is that we need to let them go. All of them.
I always liked the story of Noah’s Ark and the idea of starting anew by rescuing the things you like and leaving the rest behind.
– Zach Braff
In order to release yourself of this baggage you need to enter sacred space. Go down into your heart and the soul of who you are. Keep what builds you up. Release everything negative. When you find yourself, and release what is not yours to keep, you make space for your life to transform once again. You start moving forward in your life once more. Reach for what is in front of you. When you know what you want next in life, you wake up excited about life. If you aren’t excited about your life, this is a sign that it is time to give yourself healing. Time to once again enter the chrysalis and transform your life.[lp-logic ids=”3473″ limit=1][lp-logic ids=”3473″ limit=1 use_content=1] Content to use [/lp-logic]
“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard” – John Grisham
I found the truth of this when I started writing these blog posts. Each post dug deeper into who I really was. Who I truly wanted to be in the world. It demanded that I become visible, even though I was terrified to be seen.
“We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth, or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth” – Dr. Charles F Stanley
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. Each foot forward is a reflection of the respect you have for yourself.
The journey to living my life on purpose has sometimes seemed very slow. I was moving forward, but at times it felt like I was walking through mud with each step being a hard process. Other times it was like riding the rapids downstream and a furious pace.
“Your journey has molded you for the greater good. It was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now, and now is right on time”– Asha Tyson
“When life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward” – Andrea Thompson
Life brings you so many experiences to enjoy, but you can’t do that if you are always putting lenses of fear in front of your eyes. Then you are not letting the experience reveal itself. Instead, you’re trying to make it fit into a preconceived box.
What I discovered on my journey to be visible again, is that this voice of fear had been in control my whole life. It colored every expectation and looked for ways to twist the story of what had happened to keep me captive in my invisibility.
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.
As I worked on becoming visible, I met so many new friends, who were on their own journeys of discovery. I became aware of how you attract those in your life that can help you in your journey. Some lessons were painful, as the parting of the friendship reflected the places I still needed to work on. Some of the friends were “soul friends” and as Rumi says, they were a pure joy in my life.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy” – Rumi
Be grateful for all the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey. No one knows what changes, big or small, lie ahead. One thing is certain, your journey’s not over. Be prepared to be amazed at how incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful your life can become.
“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey” – Pope Francis
I know that I wasn’t born to follow others blindly. I am still trying to figure out what I am meant to lead. What I know for sure, is that I am capable of whatever is required to live my life purpose. I am still on the hunt, for who I am becoming and I know that the only way out is through. I see that I need to find more joy in my journey, instead of being single focused on manifesting it.
“You will get there when you are meant to get there and not one moment sooner…, so relax, breathe, and be patient” – Mandy Hale
And the journey continues…, ever onward.
Recognizing the truth that life happens for us, not to us. And the journey continues…, never ending.
Dreamers make wishes when they blow out the birthday candles with complete confidence they will come true. They blow on the dandelions seeds and spread their wishes all over the world. They wish on the first star they see each night. The secret that they know is — we are all just dreamers in an endless universe. They know that each dandelion seed that lands, plants a new dream for our future. They are the new realities waiting to be born, to step out on life’s stage and say, “Hey, look at me!”. Pay attention, this is important.
Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than familiar ground.
– Judith Thurman
These dreamers, dream with eyes wide open, and say, “Why not?” It is about getting creative and caring more about doing it better in some way than doing it perfectly. Perfection creates limitations and silences the creativity. It squishes the dream into a tight container and makes it smaller. More narrow. More limited in possibilities.
The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
– Sarah Ban Breathnach
Doers take the dreamers up a notch. They believe in the magic, but they also know that it takes a little bit of elbow grease to make the machines run. They know that to take the dream into reality we must put it in writing. We must plant the seeds, water and fertilize them, weed when needed, and watch in amazement as the miracle of growth happens. Doers know that the energy goes when the attention flows, so rather than giving their energy to their fears, they focus their energy on their dreams. They know that action needs to follow the dream.
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch, but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself.
The reason I love this quote is that the basic foundation of your life, needs to be deep within in. Not in a spouse, a parent, a friend, a job. Not in being identified in someone or something else. This frees you to be the dreamer who is also a doer and thinker. Because you know it will not be any one thing that brings that dream into reality. It will be a combination of many small things, some things you will even think didn’t work – but the magic is that all of it is necessary for the birth and education of a dream.
The authentic self is the soul made visible.
– Sarah Ban Breathnach
When we are totally immersed within the dream, we allow our true self to peak through the barriers. It is where the courage to be curious comes from, deep within the soul. The soul or your authentic self knows and believes in your true potential. Thinkers know that they can put the dream on steroids because they realize the power of thought and attitude. It is like strapping a rocket onto the doers goals, when the doer has the right thinking to get the dream off the doers paper and into reality. The trick is the right amount of thinking in combination with action.
If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.
– Jen Wleter
Creative thinking outside the box produces inspiring ideas that can change the world. Creative thinking doesn’t see mistakes. It sees disconnections. It knows that if you just keep tinkering with what you are doing, that the connections will come together. They aren’t afraid of taking risks, of making changes. To them change is synonymous with opportunity.
Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
When we go deep inside ourselves and draw up the dream, enhance it by stripping away all of the negativity about the dream that we have, we become free thinkers who can see without prejudice what the destiny of the dream is. We talk with our souls and see possibilities for the dream everywhere we look. This helps the doer to pick the best door to open to the best opportunities. We walk away from the fear of never getting what our dreams are reflecting back to us.
That brings us to possibilities.
When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.
What we come to realize is that every dream takes us up another level. And each level has new challenges and opportunities for growth. Each level demands we live outside the comfort zone of the previous level. Each level is a new passion, which burns away a new fear and exposes a new dream. The journey never ends. The possibilities just keep multiplying. If you are going to leave the world better than you found it, you need to climb each new staircase, ascending new summits. Be so passionate that you ignite the fire in everyone you meet, to rise up and bring the dream into reality.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
I think that this quote is certainly made by someone who knows it to be absolutely true. If he had not continued his work, then his numerous inventions, most famous being the light bulb would not have been invented. He founded General Electric, had a motion picture and record company in addition to others. All because failure to him was just more information to think about. A part of the process, and not something to be avoided.
In order to save myself I must destroy the me I was told to be.
– The Dreamer
Inside each of us is the space where we know. We know, that we know, that we know, that anything that comes into our heart and soul for us to do, is for us to do. And most important, that it is completely possible for us to do whatever is in our heart. I love the quote by Audrey Hepburn “I M Possible” instead of impossible.
So greet your dream with open arms, know that the doer and the thinker will show you the endless possibilities for you to bring that dream into reality – then go do it.
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Our pinned post about transformation has reached a new milestone. We now have touched the lives of 2,003,310 people with this one post. Of that post 1,069,443 are organic, meaning that you, our wonderful community have shared it over 33,000 times,and tagged people, and that the universe itself has directed people to this post. Between the shared posts and our page itself, we have over 116,288 likes and loves; in addition we have over 3, 278 comments (not including comment strings with some having 100’s of comments).
I am blown away by how much this community tries to reach out to those who are in a dark place, to give them hope to carry on. You have shared how much this one post has meant to you, and I am overwhelmed to have touched your lives in some small way. You encourage me to continue to devote myself to write what gives my own life meaning, and to hope that what I share helps you to continue with what gives your life meaning. “Life is about creating and living experiences that are worth sharing” Steve Jobs.
This post is to thank you, the almost 43,000 that have followed my page. When I started this page, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that this was one of the directions, that my life purpose was pointing me in. In July 2015 I started writing my own posts, creating the photos with quotes. At the time I had about 500 followers. I had a dream of creating a reality T.V. show and when I saw the vision of what my life purpose was asking me to do, the only way I could go forward was to create a bridge from where I was to where I saw that I needed to go. This Facebook page is part of that bridge.
I knew that in order to get to that T.V. show I needed to show the T.V. world that there was this vast audience out there that would support the kind of show I wanted to produce. LemonadeMakers was created to ultimately provide community support, education, training, and media awareness for nonprofits in local communities so that they could be successful in helping to make our world a better place. I wanted to do a “makeover” with local nonprofits to help fill in the gaps, bring awareness to their mission, and support them in bringing their mission into reality. The fact that 70% of the nonprofits that get created each year are gone within 3-5 years is unacceptable. This Facebook page, is part of that process. It has created both intended, and unintended changes in my own personal life. I hope that it has been the same for all of you.
“In life, friendships change, divorces happen, people move on, others die. Money and jobs will come and go. Live long enough and your health and body will change. It goes with the territory of being human. The fact that you are still here gives you an advantage. DON’T LOOK BACK. Look straight ahead! Decide to use all of your knowledge, skills, experiences, and your life lessons from your mistakes, defeats, and setbacks, to start over again. Life changes. You may not have the same life as before, but you can still enjoy your life!” Les Brown.
Change and transformation is so vital in our lives. My destiny map keeps changing, as I become more and more aware of what is needed as the next step in my own personal transformation, and in the transformation of what LemonadeMakers can mean to our community. I thank you for walking this process with me. I feel your presence in my life everyday. In a few months, our first in a series of LemonadeMaker books will be published. It is now in the hands of the editors.
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So thank you for this milestone of helping us to reach over 2 Million views of one of our posts! Without you I would not have been able to touch the over 2 Million individual souls with my message, with just this one post. Thank you for helping me be a part of something that I know in my heart and soul will help to change me, change you, and change our world. Thank you for letting me be a part of something so big, I can’t see the end of it.
I encourage you to check out our LemonadeMakers Club. It is being designed with helping each of us to dig deeper into hearing our own inner guidance. To learn to understand the directions of the divine through our souls voice. To better understand not only how to access it, but to see what in our lives is undergoing transformation and learn to work with it, instead of against it. We have a special for the first month of $1.00, so that you try it out. I look forward to hearing your questions, your suggestions and your contributions. Click on the tab LemonadeMakers Club at the top of the page, read more about it, and take the next step in transforming your life.
Have you ever had a healing crisis? A healing crisis isn’t just a health related crisis. It can be healing any part of our life that just isn’t working out the way we know that it should.
Nothing has transformed my life more than listening to what needed to be heard.
– Jeffrey Shaw
Years ago, when I was first working in the financial industry I had just received a huge promotion. I was really working hard, and for some reason, the different aspects of the job were just not working out right. I finally had a long talk with my boss, and following her advice I turned things around. I knew that I was perfectly capable of doing the job, but I just couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. I think that at different shifting points in our lives we run up against this road block. We need a different set of eyes to see what needs to be seen. To see what needs to be transformed.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
– Michael Jordan
Do you know why Michael Jordan was so successful? This quote gives us a clue. He didn’t reach a roadblock and say, “oh well, I guess I am not talented enough to do this”; or “oh well, I guess this dream was just too big for me to accomplish”. No, he practiced until he was able to break it down. He worked with coaches who were able to help him see what he couldn’t see.
Remember that your greatest talent is so much more powerful than your biggest fear.
There comes a time when we need to take a calculated risk. If you look at the game of baseball it really speaks to calculated risk. The player who is on first base, will watch the pitcher, the batter, and outfielders to gauge how far off the base he can go without getting caught. If he gauges it correctly, he can steal a base, or even make it to 3rd base with an infield hit from the batter because of getting the head start.
I think sometimes you forget that you were born to be awesome. (here’s your reminder)
In our lives, if we risk nothing, we get nothing. In personal transformation, we need to take calculated risks. In our life of personal growth, in order to grow we have to take our foot off the safe “base” we are on. We need to risk opening the chrysalis with the hope that we have finished our transformation, and the wings are ready to fly.
Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
– Ronnie Max Oldham
This really is the only way to live your life. Not putting off things until we think it is safe. Really opening our hearts completely in how we care about others. To understand that the reality is that almost anything is possible. Whatever is currently stumping you, just means that you are not asking the right questions, or the right people for help.
Our thoughts are very powerful. When we focus on what we lack, we create blockages and limitations. We become imprisoned by the vibration of our negative energy.
– Randi G Fine
In other words if we think that we can’t we will be a self fulfilling prophecy.
If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right.
– Henry Ford
I find myself doing this sometimes. I stress about not having enough time and sure enough, unforeseen stuff starts filling up my life. Then I catch myself, and unlock the door to that cage, freeing myself and all of a sudden, the stuff just starts going away and I have my time back to do what needs to be done.
Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.
– Hal Elrod
So if you find yourself in any sort of “healing crisis” at the moment, just take some time to meditate as to how you just lost yourself in the woods. Transform the path by backing up or regrouping. Get back on the path that you were traveling.
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm’s all about.
– Haruki Murakami
This is another critical piece of the transformation puzzle, in really getting to know oneself.
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An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”
I have always loved this story because it is so on point. You have choices on how you interpret things. You have choices on how you feel. You can go down the positive, optimistic road. Or you can go down the negative, pessimistic road. I try very hard to go down the positive road.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela
You can change your life by having the courage to bring into your life something that was never fostered or nurtured in you as a child. All of the good wolfs qualities, joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth come from having a positive self-worth. Just because you were not raised as a positive person seeking joy, peace, love, hope in your life, doesn’t mean that you can’t live your life from that place.
The pathway here of the good wolf is the same one as Robert Frost’s less traveled road. Many people feed the “evil” wolf’s feelings of drama – anger, jealousy, greed – they blame all of their problems on someone else. Nothing is their fault. They just have bad luck. Can’t get ahead, and so on, and so on. The “evil” wolfs path is paved with bad choices made in the past, and excuses for what is happening in the present.
If you find that you have strayed into feeding the “evil” wolf, you can stop feeding him. We all have times that we make poor decisions. You have the power to change circumstances immediately by accepting responsibility for where you are. For all of the choices you have made. To not make any more excuses for your mistakes. As the saying goes, “the buck stops here”. Just start making better choices.
Sometimes you think you are making a good choice, only to discover you didn’t. How can you tell which road to choose? You can tell the difference in how the energy or vibrations make you feel in your body as you contemplate your decisions.
When you are compromising your spirit, it feels wrong. You might get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. But every time you make a good choice, a positive choice, even if it has negative consequences, you feel lighter, cleaner in your spirit.
Picking a path with heart – Carlos Castaneda
Choose the path that takes you where you need to go. It is the path of growth.
Embrace, accept and celebrate each choice you make that keeps you walking your own path in life. Embrace it and own it when the bad wolf wins. Stop feeding it and start feeding the good wolf again.
It is easy to wander off the path. To get distracted. Each minute gives you a new chance to get back on your own path, making better choices.
You have the choice every day to be just like the crowd, asleep at the wheel, and just existing in life. To get distracted by the bright shiny lights. To get so busy with life’s distractions that you fall back asleep.
You can always choose again, to wake up and to be different. Every choice you make, makes you who you are. You can choose to be distinct. To be what only you can be.
I choose to live by choice not by chance,
To be motivated, not manipulated,
To be useful, not used,
To make change, not excuses,
To excel, not compete,
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity,
I choose to listen to my inner voice,
Not to listed to the random opinions of others . . .
When I think of this, I immediately think of the photos of the little old ladies in New York City. They dress up in wild colors. They wear outrageous hats. They have style. They are saying “Look at me, that’s right, take a second or third look”. They crack me up, because they don’t care if you are judging them, because they are having too much fun being an original distinctive wild woman. Their life viewpoint, have fun and give people something to talk about.
At some point in your life, you were told to grow up. Stop acting like a child. Hide your feelings. Be an adult. Be more serious, and so on. You lose a vital part of who you are when you listen to that. You bury it so deep that you forget it is even there. You begin to sleepwalk through your entire life.
“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly wildly terrified? Good. Keep going” – Victoria Erickson
You “release the Kraken”, the Inner Queen of your life. You stop the drama. You stop being so sad, or angry. You stop trying to be all things for all people. You just let all of that stuff go. You are no longer afraid of who you are. You realize that you have always been more than enough. You finally get that caring for yourself is an act of love, and the only way you can survive.
“You can’t give up on something that your heart is still rooting for, no matter how hard the fall is. Your heart is the ultimate master. It knows the things the mind doesn’t yet have an answer for. It leads the way out of your darkest moments. It’s your one and only Chief of Staff. You have the power to thrive under any circumstances, as long as you use your heart as the compass”– Andrea Balt
This inner child has so much imagination. They have such enthusiasm for life. They don’t see what is, they see what might be. The possibilities of endless wonder. It is having fun today, instead of planning for it on your yearly vacation. Picture in your mind a steep hill. You are at the top the hill looking down. You are on your bike, and you are about to start down the hill, to break a world speed record. You can see everyone you know at the bottom of the hill cheering you on. Your best friends, your brothers and sisters, even your mom and dad.
Imagine the story you will be telling ten years from now. Is it the story about the wild ride down the hill, or how you carefully rode down the hill with the brakes on all the way to play it safe? Celebrate your inner child and fly down that hill!
“The most potent muse of all is your own inner child” – Stephen Nachmanovitch
That inner child doesn’t wallow in disappointment. If the idea fails to work as planned, they simply dust themselves off and start a new plan. If the child has a fight with their best friend, five minutes later it is forgiven and forgotten. They don’t just run down the street; they leap down it.
Every minute is to be filled with a sense of wonder and joy. That inner child is waiting to take your hand and dance with you through the fields of flowers, to laugh rolling down the hillside.
If you still have that child locked up and buried deep inside, I encourage you to set it free. Let it explore and come up with fun plans for your life. It’s magical looking at your life through the kaleidoscope and spinning the designs. Imagination will get you everywhere. Answer the toy phone and see who is calling you.
Give that spirit of the child over to your personal genius. See what you can discover about your purpose that you didn’t know. You will be amazed by how wonderful and fun life can be when you aren’t supervised by your inner critic.
“So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us” – Gaston Bachelard
When you have big dreams, you become a person of vision. When you follow that vision, you have the passion, strength and patience to change the world. You are living in a time right now, where men and women of vision are about to make huge changes in the world. When a “new normal” is about to be created.
Don’t let your mind or anyone else tell you that you can’t be a big part of bringing those changes into reality. Your dreams are valid.
“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs
Today realize that you are old enough to start reading fairy tales again. Holding the hand of your inner child, step through the mirror and see what Wonderland has in store for you. Visit Neverland and see if you can fly. Go looking for treasures on Treasure Island. Explore the deep oceans with Captain Nemo.
All of these stories have such vital life lessons in them. They can help you understand deep things about yourself. People may think that you are crazy for doing so, but I have it on the best authority that “all of the best people are”.
That is where inspiration comes in. It gives me the confidence to admit I don’t know it all, but I can find someone who does.
In the world, in this moment, many are being overcome with fears. Fears of the pandemic. Fears of losing your elderly loved ones to illness and disease. Fears can be based on past experience, of knowledge of something that has happened in the past. This past fear is then projected into the immediate future of a danger that is seeking you.
Instead, Take a deep breath. Just be aware and conscious of just this single moment. This moment of inhalation or exhalation of your breath. When you just concentrate on your breathing, you see how to live outside of this kind of fear.
In this moment, you are alive, breathing. Your eyes are taking in what is around you. Your ears are hearing sounds both from near and far. You feel the softness of the material of the clothes you are wearing. Maybe the way the tag on the collar of your shirt irritates your skin. You think to yourself that you have to remember to use the scissors and cut that tag off.
If you have been outside, you might feel the rain drenched softness of the ground under your feet. The soft dirt clings to the bottom of shoes as you sink into it with each step. You smell the scent of rosemary as you walk along the path, its heady scent drifting on the breeze. The sounds of the waves crashing down on the shore drowns out the call of the sea gulls, as they ride the air currents high above you. You are awake and aware of the wonder of life itself.
If are in a state of fear, you won’t be aware of any of the sounds or smells of nature around you. So, your choice in this moment is are you to be overcome with fear, or filled with wonder?
Think of those advertisements you might see for going to Disneyland or Disneyworld. They are filled with the young children who can’t sleep because tomorrow is the special day when they enter the world of magic. Their faces are the epitome of excitement and wonder.
When was the last time, that look was on your face? The last time when you dropped the heavy burden of fears, and beheld the magic of life? This photo reflects the majesty of our world, the beauty of creation and it is how you behold the wonder of life.
Remember the movie “Dune”? The line around fear has stayed with me, Frank Herbert was a master with this thought around fear.
Fear is something that you can’t run away from. Running away only puts more distance between you and the solution to your fear. The only way to deal with fear, is to face the illusions that it brings. You can only be fearless, when you learn to recognize the illusions from what is true and real.
“Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it” – Tacitus
Isn’t that something to wonder about? This concept that you create the fears out of your own illusions, is something to think deeply about. Illusions usually come from thinking that there isn’t enough of something that you want.
Not enough money, not enough jobs, not enough food, not enough of . . , what would happen to your fears if you could sincerely and honestly allowed a moment of perfect freedom into your world? If you could truly believe that there is more than enough, and it is just waiting for you to step out of the illusion to get it?
I couldn’t find the person who wrote the “Reality of Fear”, but I loved it. It captures the illusion of fear, in that it convinces you that the lie is truth.
You are scared of the dark it says, when really what you’re scared of is what you have projected into that darkness. You can’t see in that darkness, the possibilities of what might be there. A thief will rob you. A killer will murder you.
Your mind freezes us with “what if’s”. And the “what if’s” are made up in your mind. The monster under the bed is actually the fears in your mind, manifesting the illusion into something appearing real.
Reality of Fear
You’re are not scared of the dark . . . you’re scared of what’s in it
You’re not afraid of heights . . . you’re afraid of falling
You’re not afraid of the people around you . . . you’re afraid of rejection
You’re not afraid of love . . . you’re afraid of not being loved
You’re not afraid to let go . . . you’re afraid to accept the reality that its gone
You’re not afraid to try again . . . you’re just afraid of getting hurt for the same reason
“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows” – Brene Brown
Anytime you feel like life is giving you too much to handle, that you can’t take one more thing, that is the time to step outside of the drama and trauma. To ask yourself a very vital question. “What is this experience awakening within me?” You would not be going through this experience unless the divine knew it would open you up. It is up to you to figure out what you are being opened up to. Even the shadows have wisdom to share with you.
“Run my dear from anything that may not strengthen your precious, budding wings. Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred tender vision of your beautiful heart” – Hafiz
When you come up against your secret deepest fears. When fear is invading your body and flaying you alive. That is when it is vital that you have the courage to be willing to fall. It is in the surrender to “I am failing”; when your heart is torn and beaten; that is how you find out how far you can rise up.
It is in the “let go and let God”, in the surrender to the divine will or destiny. That is when everything changes. Until then you are in a fight inside of, and with yourself.
Facing your fears is like walking through a crowded room with all of these shadows of people. They seem to have substance, reality. They are talking, but their whispers fade away as you try to listen. They appear to be making perfect arguments, and logical deductions. Yet they are simply shadows, and they disappear as you put one foot in front of the other and simply walk through them.
“Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down” – Eleanor Roosevelt
They have no substance, because they are based on projections of what “might” happen. When you take the time to face them and shine a light upon them, they fade away. The truth is that you’re worrying about what might happen, can’t change or alter what tomorrow brings. What it does, is to make your today heart breaking. It isn’t failure that you should be afraid of. It is doing nothing and having nothing change in your life that is truly heart breaking.
There is a Swedish Proverb that says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow”. Worry stops you from making the right choices. It stops you from being the brilliant, funny, entertaining “light up my life” person that you are meant to be. It bleeds away your courage to get up and take action. It drains you, instead of fueling your passion to get stuff done.
“Ask yourself if you’re certain – do you really want it? When you’re certain, desire will transform you into a racehorse, explosive at the gate. When you’re certain, details and obstacles will noticeably shrink, and crumble away. Excuses will die, ecstatic determination will strengthen your drive, and the sheer power of intent will rattle your lands and skies. Are you truly certain? Then call it out. Claim it as yours. Do what you need to do each and every day, to let it know you’re ready, you can see it, and that you’re on your way. Now is the time. Your dream patiently awaits” – Victoria Erickson
When you are courageous you spark the souls of others and ignite the bravery in them. That is why you love to read the stories of those who conquer their fears. It lights up the coals inside of you that are in danger of going out. It re-ignites you to push forward once more.
The moon calls to the tides, beckoning the waves to reach the shore and having gently kissed the sand, they return to the depths. To release what no longer serves the ocean to the shoreline. The shoreline makes space for something new that is coming in on the tides.
When I am moving towards my own passion and purpose in life, my purpose in life moves towards me. Like the ocean waves entering and leaving, my passion and purpose ebbs and flows. Courage is the foundation on which fears can be met.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This foundation helps you to take the risk of leaping forward, even though you don’t know where you will land. It is the foundation that helps you to be compassionate with yourself when you have the rough landing that breaks you into pieces. It gives you the strength to put yourself back together again, and venture forth one more time.
You must dare to live a life that is more than just a daily existence. To understand that sometimes in order for something new to come into existence, fire is required to crack the old hard shell of your life. You can then see the potential of who, and what you are. You can see what you can accomplish, only if you keep trying.
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it” – Veronica Roth, Divergent
You all have these wonderful talents, these personal geniuses that are just waiting for you to have the courage to follow them down the trail of mastery. It is in risking the fire, stepping across the threshold into the unknown, that is when you discover your true voice.
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world, shall emerge into the light” – Helen Keller
What are your dreams, visions, your life purpose? Are you on track to bring them into reality and complete them? Have you allowed distractions to sidetrack you? Are you unclear on what your life purpose is or how to bring it into reality?