Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If everything goes exactly as planned, it's time for bigger plans.

It sure is nice when everything goes according to plan, isn't it? So easy; fun, even. After all, failure's bad for us, right?

Or is it?

If EVERY SINGLE THING goes EXACTLY as planned, could it be possible that you just haven't been planning BIG enough?

Failure is actually good for us. It shows us what DOESN'T work. It gives us the opportunity to learn and adapt and grow, so that we can have bigger success next time. Failures mean that you're not playing it "safe"... it means you're out where the bigger rewards are.

It's important to plan for failure... Not plan TO fail, but plan FOR failure... build it in. Become flexible enough to handle whatever comes up along the way.

And be comfortable not knowing.

I have an upcoming event I'm planning for now and there are parts that I just don't know. Oh, I know what I WANT... I know how I'd like it to be... but if I think what I know now is all there is to know... then I'm in for a big surprise when the time comes.

That's what Plans B, C, D... and Z are for... and then "Plan Whatever" after that... and "Plan Wingit" after that.

So think about YOUR plans... are they small enough to succeed... or big enough to go beyond failure?

Keep the light on!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Never lower yourself to someone else's high standards.

Have you ever tried to live your life by someone else's standards?

I think it'd be safe to say that we all have at one time or another. Just growing up is an example of "do what I say"... but after that there are relationships, and jobs, and a whole slew of governing bodies that tell us how to live.

Now I'm not saying that any of it is wrong. There are some mighty good guidelines out there to help us live a good and wondrous life...

But you know when you're being asked to live up to something that isn't right for you. It feels hollow or it hurts. You feel less like yourself, and confused because the 'rules' don't fit.

You know what's right... and you know you know. Denying that you know (or that you can know) is also living to the standards of someone else.

Within Love (with a capital "L") there is a way of Harmony... and Governance... and Rightness... built right in... and it can't be defined by standards, high or otherwise.

By tapping into that... by being and living THAT... you'll know the way... and you'll know you know...

...and you'll never have to come back down, ever again.

Keep the light on!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

To get answers, just turn your question marks into periods.

You know the answers? Really? You've got everything you need to succeed inside you now? Really?


You know the answers. Really. You've got everything you need to succeed inside you now. Really.

It all comes down to how you end it. Exchange your questin marks for a period, and suddenly whole new meanings will be uncovered.

That's because our questions are really answers. Our whole lives are shaped by the pursuit of answers... but it's the QUESTIONS that chart the course.

Most of the big questions fall into the same categories... Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? What's the point?... so the questions you ask will reveal a lot more about you than the answers you might find.

And in another interesting twist... it's also the questions you DON'T ask that are also answers. They may reveal what's not important, or what you're so sure of that you don't think you need to ask... or you don't even know that you don't know.

So you see how intimately tied our questions and answers really are.

Any questions?

Keep the light on!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

To live a full life, do half of what you do, twice as well.

Do you do too much?

Do you even have time to read this?

I know, I know, crazy times we live in, huh? You'd think with all this new fangled technology, it'd get easier... that somehow we'd have less to do because we do it in less time.

OK, you can stop laughing (or crying, whichever the case may be)

But it's true, isn't it... more STUFF, more ACCESS and less and less of LIFE.

It's because much of this new stuff isn't really YOU, is it?

You're not your profile.

You know it, I know it... and it's time you really know it... know what I mean?

You know that we each have the same amount of time as everyone else, right? So how come some people seem to get so much more accomplished, or seem to be enjoying their day so much more?

Because they spend more time doing what they love and being truer to who they are.

It's not their reward for being richer or prettier or more privileged... the being true part comes first.

And you can have it too.

How? Simply by cutting out half of all the stuff that's not you. I know, easier said than done, blah blah blah, but just try it... it's a yes or no, keep or get-rid kind of decision. Don't leave room for Maybe. Maybe's are just Guilty No's. So look around and be that 'cruel'... keep, discard, keep, keep, discard... it may or may not be even, but it's the start.

But then the real magic begins... don't leave any room where the No's used to be. It'll be all too easy to fill the vacuum up with junk.

Just take what you LOVE and do it more often. Once you fill up your time, there's no room to do all the other stuff.

You'll be full.

And so will your life.

Keep the light on!