#90 Luck – Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary!

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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. 

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#89 Ego – Acknowledging Acknowledment

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The Ego. 

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. 

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#88 Beginners Mind – Flowing water never goes stale

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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. 

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#84 Dance – Die to Yesterday, and usher in the Gift of Today

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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. 

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#82 Day of Silence – Finding Peace within is still an Underrated Concept

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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. 

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