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Archive for August, 2007

What do you do?

Yesterday as my son and were bobbing up and down in the pool he came up with a very hard game. He suggested we each take turns saying what our talents are. Seems easy and harmless right? Maybe for a seven year old.

He started with, “I can open the car door with my pinky finger”. Wow, I never thought of that one. Now it’s my turn. I say I can hit a golf ball almost straight up in the air. Score one for Dad. He said, “I can eat for a whole week without getting full”. I can’t disagree with that one. My turn again. I blank out. Surely I have more talents. Fast forward to the end. He beat the socks off me.

Why is it that a simple game of ‘say your talent’ can prove to be quite the feat for those of us slightly older than seven?. Now if we were to play a game of say, things I don’t do well, we would probably rock.

Sadly as we get older we are conditioned to see our short comings, or perceived failures, and we become blind to our talents. Take a day and every time you think something positive about yourself write it down. Also write down any negative thing you may think about yourself. Which list do you think would be longer?

I wonder if this is why life is harder than it really should be? Millions of people focusing on and therefore attracting the negative. Hmmm, think about it!

Finding Neverland

A bird does not sing because it has an answer;

it sings because it has a song. – Chinese proverb

What is your song? It sure is good to know and have confidence in your song. When the seas of life become choppy and you are tired, knowing your song gives you peace, keeps you focused, and enables you to stay completly centered.

The truth is that we all came with a song in our heart. I call it our Neverland. This Neverland is designed into our hearts – it is the rhythm that we were created to dance to. When we lose our hearts we lose Neverland. We settle for an okay life believing honestly that this is as good as it gets and that Neverland is just a dream for children – it’s not practical or realistic. However, that is a lie. God and the forces of creation want our success and designed you for that purpose. It isn’t a fairytale.

In the movie Hook, Peter Pan loses his heart and forgets his Neverland. He forgot who he was and stopped believing that there was any power in Him. He lost passion, real joy, vision, and the fire of a heart fully alive. Sadly this happens to all of us. Maybe you forgot and maybe you don’t remember that even ever knew.

You see, Neverland is real but it isn’t for children. It isn’t a place where we play all the time. (retirement) Neverland is when you live the life you were designed for. When your work, and play flow from this design. When the cries of your heart shout loudly into the world in a beautiful symphony of sound.

Beware though! Just like in Peter Pan’s Neverland there are pirates that try to end you. They want Neverland for themselves and will do anything to get you to forget that it is real or that you have value.

Time is chasing after all of us – don’t wait for Neverland to find you. It won’t happen.

Cast all your votes for Dancing

Mondays are often both pregnant with hope and laced with fear. Fear is a very deadly foe and can kill our hope if we let it.

One of my favorite Poets is a 15th century mystic by the name of Hafiz. He has a poem that I think is appropriate for Mondays. It is called, “Cast all your votes for dancing”.

I know the voice of depression still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life still send their invitations.

But you are with the friend now and look so much stronger.

You can stay that way and even bloom!

Keeping squeezing drops of the Sun from your prayers and work and music and from your companion’s beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun from the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved; And my dear from the most insignificant movements of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, but then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.

You are with the friend now. Learn what actions of yours delight Him, what actions of yours bring freedom and love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim, my ears wish my head was missing so they could finally kiss each other, and applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing drops of the Sun from your prayers and work and music and from your companions beautiful laughter.

And from the most insignificant movements of your own holy body.

Now sweet one, be wise.

Cast all your votes for dancing!

It is so easy to fall into the habits of self loathing or negative thinking or hopelessness.

But, I urge you to celebrate the you your maker intends for you to be. Let the counterfeit stuff you have learned to depend on fade away and vote for dancing that you may reveal your light for the world today. It longs for your light.

Expecting the bad

I just read the introduction letter in a magazine where the publisher was saying goodbye and moving on. In her letter she was trying to stress how the little thing in life make a big difference and how thankful she was for the many little things in her life.  However, in her attempt to do this her openning paragraph really got my eye.

She said, “Alarm buzzes too early. Coffee pot overflows.  Hair doesn’t behave. Clothes have wrinkles. Keys are missing. Car’s out of gas.  and the day’s agenda is filled with futilities.” She follows this negative picture up by saying the one small kind deed or smile can change it all around.

What really stood out to me was her assumption that life has to be filled with rotten happenings and we must all join together in kindness to battle this great evil.

Wait a minute! I don’t want to wake up waiting for all that negative stuff to happen in my life and yours.  Do you? Is that really the intention of our existence? To merely exist and survive. To live by default as we try to make the best of our lives?

I think not!  We have more purpose and intention to our lives. We were designed to thrive in this world and not survive.  Try expecting your life to have meaning and look for opportunities to thrive. Have fun with who you are and share it with whomever you attract into your life.  Stop judging your life and others and anticipate the success of who you were designed to be.

Living in the moment

I just read an excellent blog post from at http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/

Steve tackles the issue of canceling out our present desires and energy when we say what we hope will happen in the future. Our intent to do something in the future means we don’t see ourselves in the reality in the present. (Just read what he has to say)

The only thing I would add to Steve is that the best way to stay grounded in the present moment is to love who you are and what you are doing. This means you must know and be in love with WHO you were designed to be. Without this we are all walking a thin tight rope. But we get pretty good at it don’t we?

Your Life Design Tells You What to Do … Each Step of the Way!
Once you commit to your Life Design, it does more than get you out of bed in the morning all
pumped … it actually will tell you exactly what to do that day, and the next day, and the next …
And it will continue to right up until the last day of your life. The critical information is in your
genes, just waiting to be tapped into.

It really is that simple … if you know what you’re supposed to be doing.

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