This daily journal came from a promise. Right before Memorial Day 2009, I met with my business coach Joe Stumpf. I shared with him my total burn out in my business of 20 years. Frustrated by what my life had become, I promised to get up at 5:00 AM every day, meditate and journal and focus on bringing passion back into every aspect of my life, my work, my family and my personal growth. Instead of going to work every day and having a PITY PARTY, I have decided to have a PASSION PARTY.
Bonus: How to Defeat Fear
HOW TO DEFEAT FEAR by Pema Chodron
Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do
battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive;
it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do
it and gave instructions for the battle.
The day arrived. The
student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The
warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful.
The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three
times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?”
Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?”
Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to
your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say.
If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me,
and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But
if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”
In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.
The world is a distraction
from what's important.
Infuriating, frustrating and confusing.
Time to get back to what I love,
what is important to me.
Time to get back to
why I get up every day.
To share my love
to share my knowledge
to share my joy
to share my abumdance
to PLAY BIG.
To show the world that this is not a zero-sum game.
We do continue to grow
We do continue to learn
We do continue to prosper
when we place ourselves in the stream of abundance
and live in faith instead of fear.
There is a lot of fear going around. I feel it.
I see it in the news. I hear it from my friends.
At times like this I feel a need to rise above, to filter out the noise.
am lucky. I found a job that I love, a job that lets me help people
get to their goals, a job that relates to my purpose in life.
love to use my talents to inspire others and help them build a better
life, whether it is through banking or music or education.
people are not so lucky. They struggle to find their purpose in life.
They may feel lost, or on a treadmill, not really living - just
existing day to day.
"Finding Your Purpose In Life" can be a drag. It can feel like another chore. Why bother?
to find the passion in your life. What lights your fire? What makes
you want to wake up in the morning? If money were no object, what would
you do today?
here the answer may not be so obvious. It might not be the first
thought that comes to mind. But do it, take action,…
I was never a big fan of repentance.
It always brings up an image of a New Yorker comic
with a guy in a long robe walking the streets
with a big placard,
someone Holier Than Thou,
who are you to tell me to repent for my sins?
But T'shuvah has other meanings
It is taking responsibility for one's actions
It is being accountable
And in another way it can be translated as "return".
A return to where you have come from
a return to the beginning
as we all finally return to the same nothingness.
When thought of this way
T'shuvah is really the 4th Step Prayer
a time to clean my side of the street
admit what I did wrong
and a willingness to change
to make it right in the future.
And it is when I become accountable
that things begin
creating space for what
the Universe has to offer.