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Happy New Year!
The message below is from January 2017. It got more happy replies than almost any other email I’ve sent.
I thought you might like to read or re-read it.
And in the P.S. I’ve included more on this idea from a fella you might recognize…
Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Successful 2019.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson
With REAL commitment, there’s no debate.
There’s no longer equal opportunity for DO or DO NOT.
The decision’s been made.
(The root of the word “decide” is the latin decidere. It literally means to kill any alternatives.)
All that remains is the steady forward march of implementation.
That’s why commitment is the ultimate ZEN. It silences the chorus of opposition, and clears the path for unobstructed and pointed action. It’s like water running downhill; it effortlessly curves to the shape of the terrain.
I’ve experienced real commitment only a few times.
Not because it’s hard.
Because it’s so easy it scares me.
There’s so much power in it, so much real-ness to our potential that I deign to use it only sparingly.
But I wonder sometimes where my life would be if I wasn’t afraid.
What if every decision was a FINAL decision?
Sure, you could re-evaluate long-term commitments to determine if they still serve…or make short-term commitments, and periodically re-commit…but what if, for the most part, that was that? What if, in the Viking warrior tradition, you could burn the ships as soon as you land in new and unconquered territory? Could you gaze up the beach and know that beyond it are only two possibilities – victory or death?
All great gut check questions I’ve been asking myself as I hang up my calendar for another year.
As human beings, we’re capable of so much, yet we squander our powers.
It’s an illusion…a mere shadow of Mother Nature’s attempt to protect her children from an unpredictable ecosystem. Safeguards placed into our brains by DNA.
We are no longer children. We are the part of nature that is coming to know itself, and we stand face to face with the unboundedness of our existence.
We are free…
Anything is game. There is NO certainty. Trust me; you don’t need it anyway. NOW is the time to find your center and live from that place. Not fear, but opportunity. Not what anyone says (much less what the media says), but what inspires you…
The future belongs to those who create it.
Let’s make it good.