“We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.”
– Alan Cohen, owner of the Florida Panthers
“When you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.”
– Marci Shimoff, excerpt from “Happy For No Reason”
I am always avidly reading articles, books and talking with others that share any interest in intuitive and independent thinking. I laugh when I find I get stuck on some of my own ideas based on so many generational influences.
It is said, I come from a lineage of long-living individuals. Shucks, my quick-witted 94-year-old grandmother still drives. She drove a 5-speed manual car until she was 90, trading that out for an automatic. No Joke! It’s her confidence in herself, her belief that she can do whatever she puts her mind to. Old-timers call it “having gumption.”
But like any generation there are personal and lifestyle characteristics that stick like gum on a shoe. You know what I mean don’t you? When gum gets in the groves of the sole and won’t budge without poking and prying to clear it out. That is why change for any generation is like those bits of gum, resisting to let go for perpetual expansion.
Everything we create originates in the mind. It’s always the invisible idea before it’s anything tangible. I read “Man is the joint heir to Consciousness that is common to all men.” This Consciousness is Infinite and Inexhaustible and the ability to harness the two, is only limited by its own estimations.” – Earl Prevette
You have the ability to become all that you envision yourself to be, but in order to do so, you have to have a passion for what you are doing. When you believe in what you envision for your life, you must build on those abilities. It could be you like painting, archery, languages, writing, MMA (mixed martial arts), to surf, whatever you desire, it’s when you consistently put in the time to apply the necessary steps, that the idea becomes your working piece of art manifested.
I love riding motorcycles. Was it scary the first time? Did I have confidence? Yes. My first motorcycle was a 50cc, then a 90cc, then a 150cc to a 250cc to the 600 Yamaha you see on my profile. I built off of my ability to ride from the 50cc, getting better at it. I love the unencumbered feeling riding a motorcycle offers.
When I think of the so-called by society “Y” Generation’s ongoing efforts in finding suitable employment for themselves and the numbers that have graduated questioning “if all the money put into an education was a waste,” I am amazed to hear of the small percentages that have challenged their ability to start something. Where has imagination disappeared?
Does it take a degree, when others without a degree have consciously made a decision to dare to think for themselves, rely on their own ability to take action with confidence? Listen I’m not knocking education. Just 3 days ago, I was listening to this coach, and in his speech he spoke of confidence not being enough, how skills are important. I agree to disagree, because anyone with CONFIDENCE will be more likely to challenge their ability than the person questioning their skills and not doing anything.
I am considered of the Baby-Boomer generation and according to statistics Baby-Boomers are the reason for the high credit debt “buy now pay later” attitude. Well did I buy into that? NOPE! Baby-Boomer is just another box folks have been juxtaposed into, like Generation X and Y.
DON’T BUY into the ATTITUDE and LABELING of the MAJORITY.
Go ahead, do what you have the confidence to do, so that you can realize the dream for yourself, whatever that may be! Seek, search and things will be revealed. Take the challenge to dare, think, organize (personal attributes and qualities) for freedom (unload the mind of what-ifs) and see your vision (imagination in action). Coordinate (ideas in harmony), have conviction (conquer doubt). Convince yourself and you convince all.
Who am I? I am like you. You see, one of my many dreams is writing from the heart, building on my ability, adding value to another human being’s life. I am applying my ability, challenging myself, by organizing, gaining freedom, with vision, while coordinating my conviction.
“There is nothing great in the world except man, and there is nothing great in man except mind.” – Plato
Thoughts to ponder in, Henry David Thoreau’s ,“I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately.”
Usually when I write from home, my inspiration sometimes comes when I am sitting in my favorite place overlooking a well manicured lawn, a magnificent lake where turtles sunbathe and ducklings waddle. There is a bird’s-eye view of the flow of traffic, but only the hum of the vehicles is heard in the distance.
From my view the cars whiz by as dark clouds roll across the sky, signalling a warning of impending showers any moment. I begin to think about the drivers out there heading to work after yesterday’s 4th of July public holiday here in America.
It’s Friday morning and for those up early to get a jump on the day of a closing work week, it’s hard not to focus on the upcoming weekend plans. Who in the 9-5 doldrum of life doesn’t look forward to Friday? Well except those that have taken a job in hospitality, retail, or the restaurant industry where public holidays, any holiday for that matter would be a long-awaited comfort in their line of work. Which brings me back to my opening paragraph and its deeper meaning.
In the writing of Henry David Thoreau’s, “I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately,” the words “live deliberately“ resonated in my mind. What is living deliberately? Is it centered around a job of stress, waiting for the next holiday to spend time with friends and family? Maybe this describes you, unable to finish those projects, or new ideas put aside because you’re too tired after work from helping someone else build their dream?
For Henry Thoreau, the woods was his place to “front the essentials of life”. I envision him being in a quiet place, the sound of birds chirping, leaves rustling beneath his footsteps, where poplar and oak trees shade him from the sun. You may believe you don’t have that luxury to escape it all with life being so busy. And what is it that is essentially important to his life? Is it to find within himself those experiences which matter most, and in his discovery promise himself to take action to live and not merely exist?
As I sit here thinking about what is essentially important to me to live a deliberate life, the dark clouds have burst pelting the earth with rain. Turning my attention to the traffic I notice the cars are no longer whizzing by so quickly. There is a cry of sirens approaching, where some poor shcmuck thought it would be a brilliant idea to try to race the light on a wet road. Was that driver living deliberately?
I ask, myself and all of you, is it your wish to “live deliberately,” and if it is, what actions are you taking each day to make that possible, so that you too, will not come to discover when it’s time to die, that you “had not lived,” really lived?
In my reflecting to find a deeper meaning, I came across this article today written by James Altucher, titled 10 Reasons Why You Have To Quit Your Job This Year.
We do live in a time like no other, where technology with right mind thinking offers limitless possibilities. A time where the only limits are created by our lack of imagination. Perhaps you will discover that to live deliberately is not as far-fetched as you believe. The paradigm shift is not only about environmental issues alone, but about us, you and me.
“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
– Oprah Winfrey, an amazing human being.
Now we’ve come to mid-week, when some of you may be counting the days till Friday.
Consciously take a deep breath. Breathe… release…. ahhh… feel that, now once more…
Feels good right! You’ve just “expanded gratitude of awareness.”