As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mohandas K. Gandhi
This time of year we turn our thoughts inward and reflect on our lives. We tend to reevaluate where we are and what we would like to see as we move forward.
We want to be filled with deep joy and passion every day – whether it’s in our career, our relationships or how we contribute to the world. Are you challenged and motivated every day? Do you feel passionate as you face your day?
We find what we’re passionate about by experiencing new things and searching out new experiences. Our interests then expand and grow and we learn more about what we’re passionate about and how we want to spend our time.
There are rich, stimulating choices to be made. Old passions to be reignited. All you have to show up fully in your life every day and be open to new possibilities.
Most of us have mixed feelings about change. We look forward to the newness of what’s coming but can be fearful of what it means. How will it affect your life? Will you be leaving things behind as part of the change? Will you be able to embrace it or will it be painful and difficult?
If you’re going to make changes, why not completely open it up? Why not consider things you’ve never considered? It’s not possible to know what direction you want to take when you don’t know your options.
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. ~Frank Herbert
There are amazing resources available to tap into what makes us grow and flourish. The sheer amount of information online puts virtually everything we could want to know at our fingertips. Social media provides the platform to reach out to people of every background imaginable. We can share information, seek insight and learn from each other.
There are articles, courses, podcasts, blogs and webinars on virtually every possible subject. Even if you aren’t sure what direction you’re heading, explore it all. Take advantage of these rich resources.
I never would have thought I’d be learning about search engine optimization or freelance writing. But guess what I’ve spent my time reading this week?! That’s right – SEO and writing. The information is plentiful, free and at my fingertips.
As technology advances, the way we work is changing. Challenging options that didn’t even exist five years ago are now common. New fields, philosophies and insights spring forth every day.
Whether we’re reading books, surfing online or listening to podcasts, one connection often leads to another and we can continually move from one new thing to another.
I stumbled onto an amazing technology today that literally made my heart pound with excitement. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and its practical ramifications are overwhelming. I found it by reading a Google+ post, which led me to a non-profit that talked about a simple solar light technology developed at MIT and being used in the Philippines that literally changes the lives of people living in poverty.
What other magnificent things are out there that we aren’t even aware of? It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
It really confirms that we can turn our lives and passions in whatever direction captures our hearts. There are amazing ways to accomplish things that never existed before. Let your creativity run wild.
We were all born with amazing potential. It’s time for that creative potential to be explored rather than letting it continue to languish in daily routines.
Get excited about life and the opportunities just waiting to be explored. The world is open and waiting for you.
Can you bring a sense of wonder and aliveness into your experiences?
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“Almost everything – all external expectations
all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these
things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only
what is truly important. Remembering that you are
going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap
of thinking you have something to lose. You are already
naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
We all come into the world naked and we’ll likely be naked when we leave it. Yet we spend an incredible amount of time trying to hide our nakedness.
Being vulnerable doesn’t come easily for most of us. We feel naked when we’re truly seen by others. We try to protect and insulate ourselves. We spend much more time being who we think we’re supposed to than we ever do just being who we really are. Why does it seem so important?
Truth be told, it’s not. What’s truly important is helping others. It’s that connection with others that gives deep meaning to our lives. It’s impossible to have that connection without opening ourselves up and following our heart.
Life is short. We all know that yet carry on as if we’ll be here forever; thinking that there’s always one more day, one more chance. We’ve simply got to stop living this way. We’ve got to wake up to the world around us and embrace it, living fully with joy and gratitude.
Steve Jobs was a remarkably insightful man and had it right when he said “remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Let’s not wait until we’re facing our own mortality to decide what’s really important.
Life isn’t something that happens to us. It’s what we create. It’s the people, the creativity, the energy and the passion that we exude every day. That’s life. So live it that way. See things differently. Change the world. Inspire others. Have the courage to be who you really are.
And follow your heart. You’re already naked.
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