“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We want to know the end before we start. We hesitate, freeze, hold back, analyze and run the opposite direction of the unknowing. We take comfort in the familiar, especially when it’s time to move on. But it is in the unknowing, in the mystery, we find our true capacity, strength, depth, resolve, resilience and at its core, our very soul and its longing.
Keep moving and release the hollow fear that is holding you back from fullness of living, from the very breath of life. Return again and again to a beginner’s mind, ready to learn, to make mistakes, to risk being the fool. For the fool is unhindered from what others think and self-imposed limitations. The fool transforms into a genius by moving swiftly into the unknowing until it becomes known.
Move fiercely into the unknown and discover with a renewed enthusiasm where the road less taken will lead you.
“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
― Dr. Seuss
“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.” – Moliere
Words unsaid. Deeds undone. Forgiveness held back. Talents buried. Regret is most often found in the midst of what we choose not to do. As this week leads to Easter, to redemption and the gift of grace, we can be jolted out of our complacency to live better, more deeply and with great joy.
Say more, do more, forgive more and become who you are meant to be.
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” – Cavett Robert
While a new year invites a clean slate, we can create that clean slate in each new day. We need not wait for a year to pass to commit to living well, loving deeper, giving more and laughing harder. Instead of resolutions, we can make promises to ourselves and others, not taking them lightly and putting in the effort and attention needed. And each day, we can transform those promises into reality, a step at a time, with the sustained enthusiasm and joy.
Happy new year, happy new day.
“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” – Jim Rohn
Competition at its best makes us better, improves our game, teaches us teamwork. I’ve never been one for getting a trophy for merely showing up. Being your best, cheering for others, learning from losses and coming back stronger is a worthy pursuit.
Go out today and be the first one to smile, say “hi”, start a conversation, include others, be kind. Don’t wait for others to make the first move. Be yourself without asking permission, without reserve. Don’t hold back pursuing excellence (not perfection), improving and recruiting others for your team. There’s a great freedom and power in personal responsibility, working hard and doing more than merely show up. And something magical happens when we stop blaming others for our circumstances. We take control of our game and win our lives back, our happiness.
There will be obstacles, complainers, spectators shouting for you to quit. Count on it. Tempted to do nothing in the face of opposition, push harder, push through. Don’t ever quit the pursuit of being your best and encouraging others to be their best along the way. Life is a team sport. Game on.
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J. B. Priestley
“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss
Search for delight this week. Pull the weeds of anxiety that you plant in your thoughts. “Schedule” some fun into each day, lighten up and put that smile to work. A new week, a new view.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Dr. Seuss
Since we’ve been a bit sun deprived lately, there was a news report on Vitamin D deficiency. When I got home tonight, I was tired and wanted to plop on the couch and hibernate. After resting for a bit, I got moving and took Molly and Lily for a run, getting a boost from my own special dose of Vitamin D(ogs). Good decision – they think so too. We’ll run again tomorrow from some more Vitamin D(ogs) and maybe the sun will be out too.
My Vitamin D(ogs) Boost
The beginning of a new year wipes the slate clean, bringing new hope and optimism. Our resolutions are set and we get revved up to tackle everything in four weeks – exercise more, lose 14 pounds in two weeks, learn a new language in three weeks, read four books a week, get a new job or a new perspective on our current job, spend more time with family… All worthy resolutions, but by February 1st we lose our motivation and give up. “I don’t have the time to do it now, but I’ll get to it someday when I have more time.”