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"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." ~Lao-tzu, Eastern Sage, author of Tao Te Ching.


I'm begining to see how wisely we need to build the world around us. You would not plant dead flowers and place pests in a garden you want to flourish. Love unconditionally, but love those who give you the same love in return. Others who drain you of energy, are negative or envious of your aspirations have no place in your "garden." They are not only waisting your time, that is the least of your worries. They are placing road blocks and land mines on your road towards enlightenment, on your path to success. They are taking your focus away from what is beautiful and pure to something that is ultimately waisting your life and life energy.  That is the most precious component of you.

You wouldnt build a '76 Ford Festiva around you if your life depended on you winning a road race. Build yourself something that makes you feel good when you look around, when you put the pedal to the metal, feel the exhileration of moving unimpeded towards your dreams. Do it because the road you race on is too short to spend driving a Ford Festiva. 8/17/07


We want our goals to be achieved easily, our lives to be lived happily and we most often see happiness as what tomorrow holds. But worthwhile goals are not achieved easily and when you "fail" in your quest, your life does not seem as if it is lived happily. Tomorrow looks like next year and next year looks a lifetime away. But what is "failing?" Failing is a point of view, it is your perspective of an undesired outcome. You don’t fail by attaining that undesired outcome. Your actual failure comes when you deem that result a "failure." With that word comes the baggage of negative emotion; sadness, depression, unworthiness, etc.

That undesired outcome is simply an unforseen challenge. If you see it as a one-thousand foot high cliff, envision yourself standing at the base of the cliff with a half-smile, helmet, approach shoes (spiked climbing shoes that are sure to pull up your floorboards), some rope and a kick-ass persona.

There is no worthwhile dream that will be in your comfort zone. Because it is outside that realm of self-knowledge, it seemingly sets you up for a few hard falls. You are venturing into the unknown. If you can bounce back up without using the real F word, fail, that self-knowledge expands and that mystery and uncertainty decreases. Get yourself out of that comfort zone and put your ass a little closer to the fire.

Esteemed American Artist, Charles Dubois said, "What is most important is to be willing to risk who we are now for what we might become."

As my sports-psycologist, Diana Mcnab loves to say, "I love who you are now, but you'll love who you can become because we are pure potential- loaded beings just waiting to explode towards our aspirations." Create an extraordinarily intelligent plan and go be what you want to be. Embrace the mystery of not knowing where you'll be next week, next month and next year. Enjoy the quest, enjoy that uncertainty. Nothing in life is certain, it may feel comfortable, but that feeling is just another perspective. You could lose your job tomorrow due to outsourcing, or that new tire on your car could blow on your drive home and leave you stranded in the middle of a location with no cell phone service.

The Bible says, "Seek and you will find, knock and the door will open." Best-selling spiritual and motivational author, Deepak Chopra further expounds, "the door in question is now. Reliving the past or anticipating the future are both futile. They keep you in separation by taking you out of the place where the spirit waits. Help and healing are in the now."

The Universe conspires to help you achieve your dreams. It will not make your path smooth and gentle, it will make the path look like Robert Frost's "Road Less Traveled." That is a necessity. Your road less traveled will be a spiritual journey. It will test your core being.

Ultimately, attaining your goal will bring you to enlightenment; to knowing your true self and the world around you (you could also read "Being one with the Universe" here. Call it God, Buddha, Bodhisattva, Shiva, Allah or Zeus, it makes no difference to me. It's all the same place). It does not matter if that path is headed towards the PGA Tour, a CEO position, a wise Sage and philanthropist or Hollywood. The end of the path, your dream, is not just your dream, but the ultimate state of being. You are going on a metaphysical quest whether you know it or not and your various attempts which fall short, or lack the desired success are an absolute necessity to this process. Go ahead and fall. It brings you closer to your destiny if you embrace the challenge. Get back up, smile and change the world. 8/8/07

So, what are you doing now?





My Laconia Citizen Chronicles  

Living the Dream: http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070123/CITIZEN_02/101230154&SearchID=73289636126006 

Chasing the Dream: http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070328/CITIZEN_02/103280133&SearchID=73289635514617