My favourite part of eating Chinese is the fortune cookie…love how the Chinese create a positive platform for people to dive off of…today my fortune foretold this…”Your innovation is about to explode.” …my innovation? Now that’s a powerhouse overly used word of the year…perhaps I could sub out the word ‘innovation’ for…creativity…originality…inspiration…breakthrough…metamorphosis? Clearly I’m reading too much into this cookie…or…am i? …regardless I believe it and so should you because change is coming in the form of a kindness revolution. Treat each day as a gift…’Make Love’ a priority. PIF.
…the demarcation from the beginning of your life until the date of expiration is small…yet is time to make a positive difference…stand for something or fall for anything?…success quantified…then what?…significance is being all that you can be…leaving a legacy…impact…meaning-full existence…’better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring’ according to Marilyn Monroe…and in the words of Emerson…”To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” hmmmmmm I guess some people love you for you…most will love you for what you can do for them…and some won’t like you at all…Be daring…dare to be the first light to shine where there is darkness…dare to condemn where there is injustice…when something is difficult, dare to just do it…when life beats you down, dare to fight back…when someone is hurting, dare to extend your arms wide open…and when you meet people along your journey, dare to make them smile. PIF.
I wake up every morning with enough passion to get me to early afternoon…it’s like your heart starts out in the right spot anatomically, but over the course of the day it drops to your stomach and suddenly after enough kicks….hmmmmmmm…Is this where sadness walks in or the paramedics rush in? I have to remind myself that I have an unlimited potential for happy-ness…but by days end i am weary. Gandhi puts it into perspective, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” Sometimes it’s best to make beauty out of all the stuff that makes us cry. All i know is this; Love does lift us up and Life is definitely better when we’re laughing…PIF.
There is a hidden force within us…an impulsive rebellion that wells up to live the life you have imagined. If we allow our dreams to die it can be likened to a winged bird that cannot fly. Stare opportunity in the face and believe in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I’ve ignited a Martin Luther size dream and so should you….according to Thoreau…’our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.’ Time to show yourself what you’re worth…repeat after me…”i am…beautiful.” Happy 2-4 weekend. PIF.
You know you have grown up when you have your first real laugh…at yourself. Want perspective? Laugh at your predicaments because this is the only remedy to think more clearly toward a solution…Emerson reminds us that ‘Earth laughs in flowers’ …stop and admire all the tulips in bloom…breathe deeply…go grab a java with your friends and laugh until you cry…Life is not meant to be taken so seriously…choose to be happy and grateful no matter how it all turns out. Live for something…question things…tell people how you feel…meet new people…make someone’s day…create…inspire and for the love of humanity care about each other. PIF.
Hearing about the death of Tim Bosma put a community into a spiral of shock and tears. I didn’t know Tim but I cried…we should all be crying for without emotion we are mere robots. Perhaps the death of someone is a reminder to us all that we are still alive for some purpose for which we ought to re-examine….hmmmmmmmmm…perhaps it’s time to adjust the sails…don’t say anything…just carry each other…rest in peace…Tim…meet you in heaven one day…PIF.
Life is but a journey; death is returning home. ~ Chinese Proverb
Lived experience has to ROCK…I mean what’s the point of going through the motions of this little thing we call life if we can’t even stop to laugh at all the absurdities…it’s a little bit funny when I watch people try to manage people…feline obedience school style…hmmmmmm…have we ever managed to teach a cat to do anything? Time to strap on some courage from the wizard…you have a dream? You have to protect it…let go and be boss…this is your moment. Eagles don’t flock…perhaps we could learn something of the freedoms of taking flight into the unknown…acting out to improve the lot of others sends out ripples of hope…we can all shake the world in our own way. Is not our purpose in this life to give people shelter? As T.S. Elliot so eloquently puts it, “Do you dare to disturb the universe?” Don’t’ let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. Change is coming…PIF.
“Love is a better teacher than duty”…that’s exactly why Einstein was so brilliantly intelligent…he built a platform of intellect on kindness…no wonder he had so many smart attacks…why not follow the lead of such a profoundly imaginative genius? Stop telling other’s what to do…stop treating people like numbers…hmmmmmm…is this mentality like, ‘you can lead me to water, but you can’t make me drink?…I’m pretty stubborn so unless you inspire me or lead me to Starbucks…good luck. I fear the bleachers are full on this logic. Eisenhower nailed leadership…”the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Bring me such a leader…even Napolean defined a leader as “a dealer in hope.” Hope? I’m confused…but I know now what we need to do….do not wait on leadership…grow your own…Einstein-style. PIF.
Western clothing brands and retailers making literally a ‘killing’ on shifting their business from China to Bangladesh with a price tag of over 1000 lives in just one collapsed building…and sadly this tragedy is not rare?! Bangladeshi workers…3.5 million…80% of them women…risking their lives for $37 a month? Where are the leaders…dare I say on the beaches of Bali drinking fancy umbrella drinks? Some little girl is crying for her mommy this mother’s day. I realize nobody can do everything but we can all do something…time to step up to the plate…hmmmmmmmm…put simply if you know something, you should do something…perhaps you have an idea…a solution…money…time…where is your line in the sand? or perhaps the question is, when will you pull your head out of the sand? I’m writing a letter to the CEO of Wal-mart, H&M and the Gap to help pay for factory renovations to bring Bangladesh’s 4,500 factories into compliance with building and fire standards…PIF and write a letter too or stop supporting these name brands until they start to care more about the people than the money…that’s the least we can do…put pressure on big companies for change. Happy Mother’s Day across the world. Do it for the children who have lost their mothers…PIF.
I’ve made a choice to rise above the ugly…life is not always the party we hoped for, but by golly let’s dance anyway. I’ll share a little secret…shhhhhhhh…just smile and wave…works every time. When you smile in the face of ugly nobody knows what you’re thinking. That’s the happy-ness advantage…keep em guessing and keep your cool. Even Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.’ No one needs to hunt for happy-ness…it’s simple; be happy with who you are and what you have. The Dalai Lama makes it about one thing…’if you want others to be happy, practice compassion…if you want to be happy, practice compassion.’ PIF.