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When someone wins the lottery or survives a head-on collision we call it luck.
The human species has an interesting way to paint stories to tell a narrative of beating the odds.
If you are reading this and not in the hospital trying desperately to beat cancer, you could also be beating the odds.
If you had clean water, a hot shower, and a few meals today, then you’re lucky.
Continue reading “#90 Luck – Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary!”
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It’s sensitive, invisible, and invites itself without notice.
It’s a derivative of our personality that seeks self-importance.
In other words, the ego wants acknowledgment.
It’s a puppy that does tricks and expects a reward. Everyone has this puppy.
When I acknowledge others, wanting acknowledgment, all that really means is that their puppy needs more training.
Continue reading “#89 Ego – Acknowledging Acknowledment”
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Ancient Aboriginals have a rich culture centered around family, nature and tradition.
In Tasmania, Aboriginal warriors would often paint their faces.
A painted line on the forehead represents the self. Lines on each cheek represent the knowledge one attains in life. The portion where the cheeks meet the nose is intentionally left blank.
The blank area represents the knowledge one has yet to attain in this life.
A researcher and
Psychologist from the National Institute of Aging noted that personality traits change little after the age of 30. In short, people are set in their ways, and change of any kind is limited. Continue reading “#88 Beginners Mind – Flowing water never goes stale”
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Do you remember when you first started to walk?
Neither do I.
However, it was a pivotal moment in all our lives.
Babies learn to walk anywhere from 9 to 18 months.
When they first transition from crawling to standing up, the average infant falls about 17 times an hour when they’re awake. Continue reading “#87 Failure to Launch – Innate Tenacity”
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In the 1800’s, New Orleans was the epicenter of the African slave trade. It became the largest exporter of cotton in the American South.
Although these brave African souls faced bigotry, trepidation and turmoil, they had something that many resort to during times of strife.
Continue reading “#86 Creation from Chaos – Art is the Soul Expressing Itself”
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I played a lot of basketball growing up.
Many will agree, it’s the greatest sport ever created.
Although I played on my high school team and in various tournaments, it was streetball that separated the men from the boys.
Continue reading “#85 Ball Don’t Lie – Belief in Oneself is Crucial”
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Rarely, if ever, do we skip to the end of the things we enjoy.
When it comes to our favorite songs, we make it a point to listen to every beat.
The chorus is just as important as the ending notes.
It’s times like this where some esoteric force that’s beyond our comprehension, pulls us close to accept the present moment.
Continue reading “#84 Dance – Die to Yesterday, and usher in the Gift of Today”
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I buy free-range, cage-free eggs.
I picture happy chickens, wallowing in the California Sun, listening to
Bill Withers and two-stepping their feathers away in an open sunflower field.
As much as I want this to be true, it’s not.
At the very least, they must be free-range and cage-free, right?
Continue reading “#83 Is It Really Free-Range – Control the Controllables”
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Celebrated in March, Nyepi, or day of silence marks the New Year according to the Balinese Calendar. It’s the oldest recorded ritual celebrated in human history.
It’s a public holiday in Indonesia but celebrated mainly in the city of Bali.
During Nyepi, the entire city is closed. There is no work. The airports are at a standstill. Lights are kept low. There is no entertainment, electronics aren’t permitted, and no one cooks.
Continue reading “#82 Day of Silence – Finding Peace within is still an Underrated Concept”
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I don’t feel like working out most days.
But I still do.
I never regretted a workout.
There’s a lot of things in my daily life that I don’t want to do sometimes, but I know they are needed.
Continue reading “#81 The Wheel – Talk is Cheap, Take Action”