Don’t promise when you’re happy. Do not reply when you’re angry and do not decide when you’re sad…hmmmmmmmmm…can we un-feel a feeling? How do you quiet the chaos in your soul? Corrie ten Boom(The Hiding Place) once said, “Don’t hold onto something so tightly that Jesus can’t take it from you.” If we go back and fix all the mistakes in our lives doesn’t that erase us? Perhaps we might want to keep the humans around us that hear us when we don’t even open our mouths…Does the brightest light shine out from our darkest experiences? Maybe we should stop digging up in doubt what we plant in faith? Is there still hope after disappointment? I mean broken crayons still colour right? Ok I think I figured it out…we must go on adventures to figure out where we truly belong…or maybe the harsher reality is; stop planting flowers in peoples yards who aren’t going to water them. PIF.
Is belief a state of mind…thinking something IS, with or without empirical evidence? Can we act with purpose only if we believe? Seeing is believing OR believing is seeing? Why is it so much easier to believe in the bad? Is it because the truth requires change? Why do people stop believing? Know what the Voltaire has said? “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” hmmmmmmmm would all the smarty-pants people leave all that they think they know at the door? The secret to having it all is believing you already do? Could it be that simple? Do we dislike people who don’t believe in us? Is that why ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ from Journey (1981) plays on? Supersize the classic ROCK encouragement please. Are you really half way there, if you believe? Wait what? Only half way? OK let’s’ sum this up…stop over thinking and just believe you can fly. PIF.
According to CS Lewis…’there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.’ Wait what? Is losing sight of the shore where courage forces us to take a leap of faith? I mean why look back if we’re not going that way? Do we have a right to come into this life and go out without leaving something behind? Do we leave because things are hard? or do we leave because it’s no longer worth it? hmmmmmmmmmm…this is getting complicated…or is it? Do we look back because fear has tapped us on the shoulder? Perhaps it’s as simple as, no reason to stay is a good reason to go? What are these ‘things’ CS Lewis speaks of? According to Alice (Alice in Wonderland), “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” Does growth demand this letting go thing? I’ve let go of the power I thought I had a long time ago…but is that enough? Maybe becoming who we are meant to be is a lifelong journey…I think what it all boils down to is ‘the journey.’ It changes us…I mean we give and take our whole life, let’s hope if we leave something behind, it’s good. PIF.
Is time the only commodity that matters? Life a matter of milestones or moments? Wait, is that a trick question? Isn’t life too short to wait on other people’s approvals? Why not raise the stakes…shout…yell…make ourselves heard? Perhaps less meaningless meetings and some serious speaking from the heart about things that matter. Have we forgotten what really matters? You know what the Goethehas said? “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” hmmmmmmmmm…do we contradict ourselves? Do the little things become the big things we fondly look back at? Ok the Buddha has simplified the matter, “In the end only 3 things matter, How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefullly you let go of things not meant for you.” PIF
Are we enmeshed in a system that drains of us of our sense of vocation? Do we view a vocation as synonymous to a career? Perhaps a refresher is in order. Career a choice? Vocation the backbone of life? A career the job you do as long as the benefits outweigh the costs? A vocation falling in love with a calling…making your personal identity? The poet David Whyte said, “Work, like marriage, is a place you can lose yourself more easily perhaps than finding yourself…” Wait what? Has the separation of job and vocation created an economy devoid of spirit? Are we filling our bank accounts at the cost of emptying our souls? Where have all the i have a dream people gone? I hope they’re in the sandbox because that’s where I’m heading. Are we besieged by the lure of short-term gains…self-preservation…driven by fear of failure? But Eleanor Roosevelt told us to ‘face our fears.’ hmmmmmmmm…something doesn’t feel right. Ok I think many of us start out with something outside of ourselves but then in the scramble to get somewhere lofty, ambition rears her ugly head. It’s a tragedy of sorts…will ambition ever find true love? Raise your hand if you detest the games we play? It would be an act of pure bravery to see a leader strip away the career mentality and revisit their original vows. In case you’re confused Aristotle has given us clarity on the topic, “Where your talents and the world’s needs cross, there lies your vocation.” Confucius say, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Perhaps if we pursue what we should be, we would set the world on fire. Ok time for some simplified Mother Teresa, “Do not wait on leaders, do it alone, person to person. PIF.
Are we bringing ‘hurry’ back? What’s all the hurry? Shouldn’t we ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives? When we’re in a hurry, doesn’t that mean we don’t care for that thing anymore and want to move on to another thing? Do I digress to the ‘thing’ about the ‘thing?’ Are we not trying to resist the present when we hurry? The Lao Tzu said, “Nature is never in a hurry and yet everything is accomplished.” …hmmmmmmmmmmm…shouldn’t we be mindful of the Lao’s words? Like for starters, why are we in such a hurry to grow up? Why do we hurry over beautiful things…why not linger? The way I see it…there are no advantages in hurrying through life. For the love of humanity, stop and drink more java with each other. Interestingly, Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” That’s a little disconcerting to me…you’d think it might be nice to lay there on the ground for a few minutes and watch the clouds drift by. Can we feel life when we’re in a hurry? Does haste really make waste? The only prerequisite to hurry is this: when another human being needs help…otherwise, race you to Starbucks. PIF.
Leave nothing less than something that says, “I was here.” What happened to the fire in our eyes? Why are we not doing more of what matters? Wait what?…do we even remember what matters? Why not say something different than what everybody else is saying? Shouldn’t we like, …think twice? OK lets start with step 1: Get OFF your phone…for the love of humanity…take a long hard look at the man in the mirror…be that beauty queen from a movie scene…rock the night away…and while you’re at it, just beat it…you know that thing you think you cannot do?…hmmmmmmmmm…didn’t our mamma’s warn us: be careful who you love? Why stop until we get enough? Who cares who’s wrong or right? …ummmmmm I feel the answer to that one is the reason I’m bad…and so is pretty much everybody else. I mean after all is said and done, Isn’t it all about the way you make me feel? Everybody back to the sandbox…let’s be those children who will make today a brighter day. Really no message could be any clearer…if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change. PIF.