“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
– John Lennon
But first, express how you feel.
This is difficult to do in societies that don’t encourage self-expression, but it is essential toward creating a better tomorrow, for us all.
There is something within you that this world needs now more than ever.
Discover it & share it.
The world will thank you.
Imagine you are walking through knee-deep snow in the woods.
It’s Winter & the snow is still falling.
You are dressed in warm winter clothes; protected from the cold.
To grandmothers house you go. Alone.
You brought your favorite camera with you to take pictures of the gorgeous scenery surrounding you.
The sun is shining. It’s midday.
No one else is around.
You breathe & enjoy this moment.
Sometimes I scroll through social media and find myself comparing myself to famous people who seem to have “made it.”
Yes they have made it to where they are, and that’s perfect, but that’s not where our focus should be.
My focus, your focus, our focus, should remain upon our own lives, our own goals, our own dreams.
When you stop comparing and start focusing and working on improving your own life, life improves.
It takes time, but it’s worth it.
“Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
The next time you’re outside at night, take a look up into the night sky.
Look at the stars.
What do they mean to you?
You don’t need to answer it right now, or ever, but it’s something to consider.
“You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”
— Terence McKenna
What did Alexander Hamilton mean when he said he’s not throwing away his shot?
He was referencing his life and the impact his life could have on humanity.
We all have different reasons for living, and they are all valid reasons.
The more specific you get with what you want to do with your life, at any stage of your life, helps clarify “your shot,” your vision, your dream.
Also part of what not throwing your shot away means is taking time to relax & enjoy life. Spend time with family & good friends. Learn something new. Travel. Explore. Have fun.
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
— Dr. Seuss
Is a life of Art; painting, singing, dancing, writing, discovering, creating, exploring, dreaming.
These all fall into the category of Art, but so does teaching, cooking, cleaning, traveling, and working wherever you are – if they are worked upon with focused concentration & intentions of Love.
Anyone can be an artist, but only few are.
Where your mind goes, there you will go too…
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso
How much time do you spend waiting?
Instead of waiting, what do you think could happen if you tried?
Do you even know where you are headed?
Think about a better future. For yourself & for humanity. For this World.
What does it look like?
From here, is where you begin🙏❤️✨
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
You’ve stumbled. You’ve fallen. But you won’t let this keep you down. Not again. Not this time.
You’ve been created on this planet with a purpose. Some people find their purpose & live it out, while others contribute to purpose without knowing.
To find and live your true purpose requires a righteous pursuit. On this path you will fall much more than 7 times, but you will continue to rise and be stronger with each comeback.
You can go through your entire life with your eyes “closed”, or you can open your heart, mind, and soul and find the treasure that it waiting for you.
It’s your choice.
Pray about it.
Dream about it.
Love your fate.
& Rise again.
Everything is happening right Now.
Transformation is happening in this Moment.
Now is where everything happens.
For example, reflect on yesterday. Everything you did yesterday was happening in the moment. The same is true for today.
Everything is literally happening right Now.
What are you doing Now?
We get back up.
We carry on.
Your fate is what is destined for you specifically.
You are born into this world in the current form you are in, and you have no say in how you are born.
Your life has been written for you.
It seems the practical choice is to love your fate and flow with it. The other choice, like the stoics talked about, is to try to fight your fate – which is like a dog putting it’s hind legs in the dirt trying not to be carried by the cart which is pulling it.
It’s better to let go and flow with life than to resist and be painfully pulled.
Friedrich Nietzsche said:
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it, but love it.”
Your life has been designed for you to live, and for you to love.
It’s better to embrace and love your fate than to resist and be dragged.