This is Your Life

This is Your Life…it is short so make the most of it.
                 Do what you love,  
                 Love what you do.
 Share your passion…Live your dream…..
Always remember, People Matter…
                No act of kindness is ever too
                small.
A door isn’t to keep us in or out…
a door is for going through.                                                                                          The greatest love of your life is the face you see                                                            every time you look in the mirror.
Be here now…always and in all ways.

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Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Despite what you may have been told, practice does not make perfect. I know what you are thinking–“How can I say such a thing?” Our teachers told us that, our parents told us that, our mentors told us that, and they were all wrong. We have been lied to, although unintentionally, it is time to set the record straight.

Perfect practice makes perfect and there is no point in practicing anything you aren’t passionate about. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing you will never have the drive it takes to get good at what you are doing. Let me explain. If you wanted to swim like Michael Phelps you wouldn’t grab a golf club and hit the course with a PGA pro instructor. You would find the best swim coach money could buy and you would head to the pool. That would be called “perfect” practice. But, if you hate the water and you want to swim like Michael Phelps because you want the notoriety and fame that goes with the name, don’t bother getting in the water. No matter how much you practice or who your coach is, you will never be a great swimmer. You will learn to swim, but you will not be an Olympian.

You may ask, what does this have to do with you. Why this subject? I find it very fitting for this time of year, a time of resolve. Why do so many of us set a goal and then try to achieve it through indirect methods or pick a goal that we aren’t passionate about?

When we fail to reach our goals we feel as if we are a failure. Let me start by saying that when we fail, we are not a failure. You can never be a failure. Failing is the universes’ way of telling us there is a better way. It is a way of polishing the diamond that you are.

What I am about to say applies to any goal you set for yourself. We are not born into greatness, we make ourselves great. We have all heard the stories of countless people who were told they would never succeed at what they were trying to accomplish and yet they went on to greatness.

What did all these famous failures have in common? One word, Passion! All of these people had a passion for what they wanted to achieve. They were not willing to take no for an answer. They loved what they were doing and were willing to do anything to achieve success.

As we close in on 2013 we all will undoubtedly set new goals for ourselves. This year, as you think about what it is you want to accomplish, think about your passion. When you set a goal, ask yourself if that goal is something you are passionate about. How do you know? I like to ask myself this, “Is this something I want so badly I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it?” Is it something that no matter what obstacles life throws at me I will persevere….if it is then go for it from the heart and watch yourself succeed. I will be sharing a few of my goals with you in an upcoming post. I encourage you to share with the community. What better way to share your passion then in a community of friends. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Connecticut in Our Hearts

In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting many of us are left feeling helpless. What can we do to protect our children, our grandchildren? It is a time when we stand together in disbelief, a time of sadness and heartbreak in our nation. We come together to send our love and prayers to the families of these children at this school, yet somehow that doesn’t seem to be enough. We take the time to hug those we love just a little tighter. We are searching for answers. There are no answers that could ever be sufficient. The loss of innocence leaves wounds that run deep. Although we need to bind those wounds, we need to also use them as a catalyst for world transformation.

Many of you are asking how do we smile in this time of great sorrow? We need to smile at our sorrow, knowing we are more than our sorrow. We need to thank our sorrow for showing us our strength and our love. Even when we force ourselves to smile, we become our smile. Lead with love, lead by example. Find ways to be of service to others and to those you love. Doing something for someone else helps with the healing process in our own hearts. Show your love to those you are close to and even those you don’t know.

Life is filled with despair, but it is also filled with joy and wonder. Live mindfully each day, Today, this moment, is the only moment we have. If all is well in this moment, all is well.

We are a world of disconnected souls. Many have failed to realize that we are all part of the same family. We are all manifestations of the same spirit. The air I breath is not separate from the air that has passed through the lungs of my sisters and brothers half way around the world. If you have ever flown in an airplane you know that the dividing lines between states and countries can’t be seen, they don’t exist. Those lines are man made. The separateness of the human race was created by man. The world is not a planet filled with individuals, what happens to one, happens to all. I believe that when we come to this realization we will see world transformation. Transformation starts within.

This tragedy has not happened in Connecticut, this tragedy has happened in the world. It has happened to all of us and it will take all of us to heal the wound. My heart goes out to all…I love you..