Monthly Archives: December 2012
Mastery is not some vaulted, lofty place that only the elite few ever land. The pursuit of any aim, goal or dream – personal, professional, spiritual, in any area – is a slight edge journey of continuous improvement, learning and refinement. But mastery is not an exalted state that lies at the end of the path; it is a state of mind that lies at the very beginning. Mastery is the act of setting your foot on the path.
There were four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. An important job had to be done. Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Fear has tied me up in knots. And I’m not alone. So many of us watch the talk shows about gloom and imminent doom, and we read all the minutiae of the latest banking and failures. But how did we ever stop buying into thinking that cycles stop cycling? Natures supplies have always varied from season to season. Lean years were always a part of the deal. It’s all much bigger than me, my family, and my employer. The safety i’m longing to find is not in a house, or a job. And it’s certainly not in the numbers wall street grinds out 24/7.
Rather than fear the next catastrophic economic event, find someplace away from it all: a walk on the beach, a spot in the park, a waterfall. These places remind you that life will continue, with or without your anxiety and worries.
Connect with your breath. Feel how all can be well for a moment. Take that moment and add one more and one again. Pretty soon, you’ve strung together a few easy moments. All is well, and you notice your mind is trying to seduce you back into the game to go faster, to try harder, to reach and grasp. When you see it, observe your mind as if it were someone else’s. Notice how crazy that persons thoughts begin to seem. From this place, perhaps, you can see new possibilities emerge once again. Now you can start to turn the fear of failure into a plan of action. Separate your needs from your wants, and focus on the essentials. Find the joy in disciplining your thoughts and desires. Maybe this is your time to be tested at last, the time to shine your very own incredibly bright light, the time to get off the couch and get yourself going. Experience the pride of being different and successful when all others are behaving like lemmings. The word discipline comes from the word disciple. Are you ready to be a disciple of your own purpose? The great philosopher Nietzsche said “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Deep down you know you will make it, and you’ll emerge that much stronger.
Facebook friends, colleagues and friends of friends – I know this is a tough time for everyone, and the holidays are near, so here is my one Christmas wish: I Wish to get to LA. Due to a series of unfortunate events I’m having to move to LA and am VERY low on funds. I am taking a leap of faith and hoping I can rely on the generosity of my friends and their friends to help fund my trip down to LA. This is time sensitive, and THIS IS NOT A SCAM OR A JOKE. Please if you go to the link provided you can deposit any amount from $1 to $1,000,000 straight to my moving fund in PayPal by using my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help in any way you can. I will be sure to post the details as they come in. My sincerest thanks for all your help!