I’d like to take this opportunity to share a lesson in fear.
My snake is the most docile and friendly snake there can be. She’s *NEVER* bitten anyone, even when being handled by my less than gentle daughters and their friends. (Children aren’t as afraid of snakes as adults, it seems). And even if she did somehow bite someone, she’s not poisonous and it would barely hurt. She doesn’t have much for teeth.
So imagine someone (you?) has a fear of snakes and somehow I’m able to convince you that my snake won’t hurt you (because she won’t).
You hold her and realize that this deep seated fear you have is all in your head.
This is true of all fears.
Fear is *the* greatest barrier to success and happiness.
Let it go.
Go find a snake to hold (one where the owner says he/she is friendly) and get rid of that fear.
Let go of your fears and face them head on, go and live your dreams, you already know what they are and if you follow them and let go of the fear, they will all come true.
Listen to your gut
Listen to the voice within
Just do what you know you are supposed to do.
Three different ways to say the same thing.
Oh if only we could learn that lesson. How much easier would our lives be.
There’s that moment before every decision when you know what the right decision is and you sometimes (often? Always?) choose the wrong one.
It is a muscle. If you always make the wrong decision it is easier to make th wrong decision. And visa Versa. If you start to regularly make the right decision the right decision will start to get easier.
Listen to your gut. And by voice within I mean that inner voice, not that chatter voice that is always talking and saying nothing.
I used to be one of those “conscious” people who would poo poo Christmas. Go into a diatribe about the “pagan” origins and how it was really about the Winter Solstice blah blah blah.
All of that is true, but for now, where I am, that’s not relevant to whether I’m going to enjoy this day or not.
When someone says “Merry Christmas” to someone and their response is “I don’t celebrate Christmas” or they start their diatribe, wouldn’t it just be easier for them to say “You have a wonderful day as well.”
There have been a few times recently when I’ve said myself “I really wish I could fix X, it has been a slight annoyance for a long time.” I stop for a moment and realize right there, just feet from where I am standing I find the solution.
I already had what you needed to fix that slight annoyance, now look to see what other annoyances I have the tools to fix.
Here’s my story. I wanted to bring my cell phone to my bedroom because I needed the alarm. I didn’t want to unplug the cord and bring it back, because it is in a good place. I realized I already have another charger so I pulled it out of the drawer that was RIGHT NEXT TO MY BED.
Now I’m all set.
What I needed was within feet of where I needed it. And it is just a matter of being just barely outside of consciousness. We might be just a little too busy or hurried. But by slowing down just a bit and analyzing the situation a solution was readily available.
Anytime I’ve had to write a brief bio of myself, even if I will write more later, I always start “I am who I am.” The ultimate meaning of this phrase is what you see is what you get. In other words, the person is secure and knowledgeable enough about themselves that they are comfortable to be able to accept themselves for who they really are. The good bad and ugly as they say, which really none of it is good nor bad, nor ugly, it just is.
The Sage Imhotep from the 27th century BC in Ancient Egypt implored us all to “Know Thyself.”
In short, to pull this all together without going into too much detail, the meaning is once you Know Yourself, and accept yourself, you are able to say “I Continue reading →
When I was in High School I went to visit a friend’s family in Lagos, Nigeria.
The father owned a bank and was very well off. To give an example, Lagos was (is?) so congested some days only even numbered license plates could drive, the rest odd. My friend’s father had two Mercedes one with even license plate one with odd so he could drive every day. Or more correctly, be driven. He had a driver. He also had a cook, a groundskeeper, a nanny, security guards (they may have simply been police officers) and other people who just seemed to be there in the house/compound.
As an American my first thought was wow, how extravagant to have all of Continue reading →