You Have Been Called

The whisper in our heart…the urging of our soul…the familiar voice that we drown out with life’s busyness and noise…Let’s give it a moment and tune in…

Have you ever stopped to think about how unique and special you are? The odds of you being you, alive in this moment come out to around 1 in 400 quadrillion (that is right a 4 with seventeen zeros! This doesn’t even take all the factors into consideration). When you take time to really think about these numbers (or all of the variables/decisions that were made to bring you to this exact moment) life can all seem very random and chaotic. For me, I cannot grasp too well odds over a million so let’s just say that I feel lucky, privileged, and grateful to be here…and you should too. We should all feel special and valued when engaged with those thoughts.

You see, there has never been another one of you in this world. Never was there one and never will there ever be another you to walk this earth. You are unique! No one else has thought your thoughts or walked in your shoes the exact same way you have. Also, no one else has the unique blend of traits and skills that you have. Your life experience is unique to you and you alone…it will never be replicated or repeated again.

Let’s switch angles on this stream of thinking. Let’s get inspirational! You and I are not random. We were not brought into this world at the roll of a dice as the odds would suggest. I am a firm believer that we all have purpose and that we are here for specific reasons. You and I are not random and the fact that we are still drawing breath indicates that we are needed.

YOU ARE NEEDED.

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”.– Joseph Campbell

You are needed in this world in a way that ONLY you can be.

Similarly, you are not in this world to continually meet someone else’s ideas or expectations of you. When we chase other’s ideas and expectations we are wasting out precious time.

This uniqueness that you are is what is needed to be developed and given to the world. Yes, our life is a gift and we need to learn to give it.

What is that whisper within your heart? What is it saying? Have you listened to its urging? Have you followed it to see where it takes you? Within that voice we find our authenticity and purpose.

Our authenticity is our gift to the world. It is why we are here. When we develop this whisper into a strong voice we begin to find our purpose. When we cultivate and live our authenticity life fills in and shapes around us.

Satisfaction/contentment in life comes from living out the voice in our heart and giving it to the world…giving it to others.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”– Joseph Campbell

Who will we become if we fully develop the whisper into a loud beautiful song. How will the world transform when we give this song freely?

The world needs you to be you.

Staying in your comfort zone is a stagnant proposition. It is a waste. Stagnant water is dead water…water needs to flow. For things to flow there needs to be an opening…and the opening is your heart. Listen to it….it knows the way.

You are good enough. You have a special uniqueness and you have true value. The world needs you or you wouldn’t be here (there are no mistakes). It is time for you to step up and start living your authenticity.

Release the comfort of coasting along…be still and listen…move to the whisper…follow the whisper. As you seek the whisper the voice will get stronger. Continue on and follow it…it will get stronger and stronger…then, over time you will recognize that this was your true voice all along and not the fear based voice in your mind.

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure”.– Joseph Campbell

You are needed and you have been called! Live the life on your terms and give your authenticity to the world….and watch the magic happen….get rid of your distractions…get quiet and cultivate the whisper.

You have been called….

Be Well

-MJ

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Certainty in Uncertain Times

Don’t be controlled by fear. Fear is a liar.

It has been a while. It has been about eight weeks since I chose to step away to focus on family while the world turned upside down. Things got bizarre out there for sure. While we have all been struggling and coming to terms with a world wide pandemic, I have been busy. Busy, yes in work (lucky to still have my job), but more of mentally preparing for tomorrow…our new tomorrow. Things won’t be the same as this whole thing shakes out…but that is ok. You are ok. Let me repeat that: You…are…ok!….ok?

Everything feels uncertain nowadays. I guess that is to be expected, this feeling of unease and constant anxiety. If we check in to our news stations they pedal fear hoping to attract us to buy into the hysteria longer…or at least until the next commercial break (hint). If we tune into social media, we get more of the same but at least there are people we know and stories we share (a better choice in my books). This is all noise and the longer we try to fight the noise (or surf it), the longer we stay with fear and anxiety. I for one do not like uncertainty. Uncertainty drains peace of mind and it makes you fight phantoms that do not exist. Phantoms that only appear between the six inches between your ears….yet there is a better way.

There is a better way through this time. Now, we cannot control the pandemic or snap our fingers and make it go away (does anyone have 6 Infinity Stones?) but we can find certainty. We can have peace of mind. We can have stillness, faith, gratitude, and love.

You have control. You have control of you. Each day you chose what to feed your brain. Each day you chose what to focus on. What you focus on becomes your reality.

We can focus on death tolls, social distancing and whether or not we should where a mask…or we can focus on doing the right thing (where the mask), helping each other out, and being of service to one another. The choice is always ours to make.

I have many posts to write and I am very happy and excited to be writing again. It has been a very difficult time but we all will get through this. Remember what you focus on and dwell on becomes your reality. Our brain is wired to only notice what matches our internal beliefs and our internal contexts (Google: Reticular Activating System). Long story short on our thoughts: Work to eliminate the negative while accentuating the positive….habits will form and peace of mind will return.

When everything is chaos: BE THE CERTAINTY OF YOUR LIFE

To finish out this post I will end it will an old Cherokee tale: The Two Wolves.

One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

He said “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside of us all. One is EVIL. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is GOOD. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one that you feed.”

Feed your mind well and prepare for a better tomorrow. The world needs yous.

Be well

-MJ

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