June 10, 2012.
That was the last time I posted an original thought or idea on this site.
Oddly enough that post was about running and that is precisely what I have been doing for the over a year.
Running towards the goal and away from things, people and places that no longer serve me.
The journey down the road of reinvention and continuous growth hasn’t been easy, but it is definitely worth the trip.
I recognize now that I have been selfish in keeping these lessons to myself.
Honestly, I was afraid.
I was scared of being vulnerable, fearful of being rejected and frightened to fail.
Now I am unleashed.
Living life unleashed will be raw and uncensored because that is how I choose to live.
I will be leaving it all on the mat and showing up here and in life as I am.
Today, I’m inviting you to start over with me.
Make the decision and KEEP WALKING.
The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.
I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
Laugh Out Loud And Often.
Seize Every Opportunity.
Don’t Wait For Tomorrow.
Make Your HEART Sing.
Today Is The Day.
According to the ancient prophecy, whoever could untie the “Gordian Knot” was destined to become King of Asia. All who tried failed to solve this complicated puzzle. Then Alexander the Great had a turn. After fruitless attempts to find a starting point, he was stymied. Finally, he said, “Ill just have to make up my own knot-untying rules.” He pulled out his sword and sliced the knot in half. Asia was fated to him.
Most advances have occurred when someone challenged the rules and tried a different approach.
What rules can you challenge?
Thanks to Roger Von Oech’s and the Creative Whack Pack for this post.
Life is too short to be so serious.
How do you cope when the pressures of the world start to weigh you down?
Check out this clip to find out how to find relief in stressful times.
I’d love to hear how you relieve stress. Sound off in the comments section to get the converstation started.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this amazing manifesto in honor of one of my heros Steven Pressfield. If you haven’t checked out his work you should, it’s life-changing!
Enter Shawn Coyne…
The Lunch Pail Manifesto
1. We must find the work that brings our lives meaning.
2. We must strive to make our work purposeful, truthful, and authentic, a pure offering to our Muse and fellow human beings.
3. We must wage a lifelong war with Resistance and accept that instant gratification is an oxymoron.
4. We must not speak of our work with false modesty or braggadocio.
5. We must not debase our work for short term gain nor elevate it above its rightful station to inflate our ego.
6. We must not covet the fruits of our work, or the fruits of others’ work.
7. We must respect others’ work and offer aid to fellow professional laborers.
8. We must accept that our work will never be perfect.
9. We must accept that our work will never be without merit.
10. We must accept that our work will never cease.
I’m in love with running. I didn’t always feel this way, but recently it has become one of my favorite activities. It allows for the opportunity to silence the noise, clear and free my mind, and provides the energy needed to get through the day.
I’ve found a routine that leaves me in a place of sweaty peace at the conclusion of the run. It all starts with clearing the mind of noise. When silence is introduced thoughts are allowed to flow freely. During this time there is space to annihilate self-doubt and negative self-talk. Once this process is complete, I crank up the volume on my iPod and celebrate.
There are some many distractions that we encounter day-to-day. Countless things, people, and tasks are constantly vying for our attention. After we have entertained, performed, and completed all the duties of the day we need a place of respite. Running has become that place for me.