The Flow-ers of Earth’s Secret Garden

Hello dear wonderful friends and hello dear wonderful universe! Today I sit in appreciation of this moment in time…the air so cool and crisp that its cold beauty dazzles like diamonds… The hum of the frig drones like a distant organ lulling me into a sense of extended peace…the song of a solitary bird chirps in delight as its voice serenades the brilliant blue sky…now the crescendo of an approaching jet….a spontaneous symphony of Life complete with a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and eternal “be-ing”.

All the world at this moment seems to beckon me toward “the blossoming”… The moment when I embrace all that I am, all that I have already been, and all that I am yet to become…. When the momentum of my life and my thoughts and my feelings converge into a tsunami of sparkling “me”-ness… When I am truly “in the flow” of my true potential and bathing in this fountain where the idealistic energy of youth meets the tempered wisdom of maturity…

Yes, dear friends, today the world invites us to become “the flow-ers” in this secret garden that some might even call Eden. The more diverse the variety of blooms, the more spectacular is the vision. Be the rose! Be the violet! Be the sunflower or the cactus bloom! Be the blossom that has never been seen in this garden before!

The Universe schools us with many forms of beauty and success. Some like the mountains take millions of years to evolve and they endure great change. Others like the firefly are brilliant in their brief moment to shine. There is no one perfect model nor one definition of success. All seem to require contrast in order to thrive in its full glory. Days of rain…days of sunshine…even hurricane and fire sculpt the complexion of our mighty planet. The genius is in the harmony of the vibrant “now” moment with the ever evolving “eternity”. Billions of beings simultaneously adding their essence to the richness of one orbiting globe…

So here we stand caught (or reveling in) our own tiny moment. What will define us–or better yet, how will we define ourselves? Are we a collection of hurricanes and hardships–or are we the glistening beaches and the sunsets so spectacular that they take our breath away?

…Or perhaps we too are a microcosm where there will be wind, rain and times of devastation but perhaps it is the combination of these moments of both hardship and glory that creates the masterpiece that we call Life. It is this harmony of sun and rain that within which lies the secret to our well being.. Yes we “flow” … We become… But this is how we come to know and to fully embrace the meaning and potential value of the entity that we call “I”.

May this be a day when you are reveling in the “I” of your (yes it is) PERFECT storm!

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Discovering the secrets of the “You-niverse”…

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Hello dear friends and hello, beautiful world! Today, I sit surrounded by the perfect harmony of chaos and perfection….the sky was brilliant…the clouds couldn’t have been more poofy…life dazzled and glowed in an amazing brilliance…the wind…the sun…the scent of a world still expanding….a world at full orbit…and how it does spin….!

It seems at times that we have been programed to weep at the “yet undelivered”…the “imperfections” in ourselves and in our world….and yet…isn’t it the lure of the “almost”…the  tantalizing presence of the surprise that is “just around the corner” that makes our hearts skip a beat?…. Isn’t it the wonder of a new discovery that arises out of the ashes of “disaster” that makes us leap tall buildings in celebration of the magnificence of all that we have become…isn’t it sometimes our harshest moments that let us come face to face with that which we truly desire…isn’t it the plunge that most quickly leads us to embrace the core that points to who we truly are….

As I pulled into the driveway tonight and stepped out of the car, I was gripped in the perfection of the instant…the diamond-like chill was pure and yet all embracing…the stars pierced through the day’s distractions with the powerful call of a Universe whose sky is often to be seen but never to be repeated….and I knew that I was MEANT to be here….right now…as me…with every component of my kaleidoscope whirling into play…

Look at our marvelous planet, dear friends…breathe it in…we are a heavenly concoction of tastes and textures…visions…desires..quests…dreams…challenges…and indeed miracles…we stumble..then we rise and we create…we question our purpose…we question the meaning….and then without quite realizing… we redefine eternity…just by being…just by living…just by asking…just by being alive…

And so…it stands to be said…isn’t the “meaning” of it all simply the beauty of learning to be you…yes, REALLY you… the “good, the bad and the ugly”…. the gift is in the opportunity to evolve…to create a new moment now irrelevant of the moments that came before or of the moments that will follow…the “meaning” is the gift of being allowed to “stumble”…to “botch it up”…to cry…to rebel..to question…to love…to change…to see….to dream…to aspire…to ‘never get it done”….to be as stern or as silly as you wish…to explore..to learn….as bright or as boring as you heart tells you to be… maybe the “meaning” is simply to leave your own very unique and important thumbprint on this tiny world…

Without you…nothing would be quite the same…so….what are you going to do with your moment…your uniqueness…your meager hundred years to dance on this stage….to draw on this palate….how do you wish to remember this moment….isn’t it time to touch the true fabric of all that it means to be (yes) truly and intoxicatingly human…..? 

A drop of sunshine…!

Excited to start the day! And is anyone else noticing that although there is still lots of complaining that surrounds us on virtually all topics, there is a growing “new breed” of optimists…more and more people seem to be understanding just how empowering it can be to identify the possible within the impossible. Isn’t it often those aggravating obstacles (and even those “irritating people” and “overwhelming challenges”) that inspire us to more clarity and action? Our diversity as a species and our desire to improve our world is our strength…SO glad to see more people appreciating it! Savor this day, all! It is the only time that we will live it!

Life is a garden of successes waiting to be harvested

Life is a garden of successes waiting to be harvested. The potential bounty comes in all shapes and sizes. Some will resemble the decadent sweetness of melon and some the nutritional fortitude of leafy greens. But together these successes create a lifetime of potential harvest and well being.

As the farmer of this eternally blossoming crop it’s important to revel in the diversity of your garden. Savor the successes and remember that not all fruits and vegetables blossom at the same time. And look for the signs of those new buds! Welcome into your definition of success all aspects of the blooming process–including the creation of the rich soil and the planting of the seeds.

So how does this translate into real life? How do we cultivate those new beliefs that support a healthy mind?

Think big–but start small. Success is not an “all or nothing” entity. A big success is nothing more than a series of small successes that combine to become mighty. Expect it. See it. Or simply feel it. Allow it to evolve–which means relaxing into the challenging moments with the same confidence that you rejoice into the moments of obvious forward motion.

Success is fluid so remember that the challenges serve a purpose. When you can relax and observe and learn, these challenges can inspire your most rewarding insights. Let the stumbles guide you toward new ideas and let them serve as reminders for defining what it is that you do want.

Celebrate the “small” achievements and appreciate each moment that a new seed is planted in your garden. Allow yourself to feel as proud of those areas of your life that are “still growing” as you do about those areas that have already made it to your table.

The richness of your life comes from viewing your “garden” with the loving eyes of a true gardener. Love the sun. Love the rain. Love the fertilizer that makes the soil vibrant and “more”. Love the sprouts as they push up through the soil. Love the buds and love the harvest. Love the plants that seem to take forever to grow and love the plants that blossom quickly. Love the plants that struggle. Love the plants that thrive easily.

All are signs that your garden is vibrant and that this garden of life is “maturing”. All is as it is intended to be. All in its good time. All responding to the loving belief and nurturing of you, the caretaker.

Breathe in this new perspective and allow yourself to acknowledge the abundance of success all around you. Free yourself from the bondage of believing that success means that “there is no more to be had in any aspect of my life–I have it all..” This was perhaps well intentioned programming but it doesn’t empower the successful gardener. It is a flawed belief so time to add it to the mental compost pile.

Yes, Life is MEANT to be vibrant and flowing. Each moment is unique but mighty. Each moment carries with it the opportunity for jubilation. And while one plant is blooming, another is just exploring beyond its seed. So revel in this luscious process– and know that it is this constant change that creates the promise of eternally more.

This is the harmony of Nature, of kinetic motion, of eternity …of Life.

So go out into this day with eyes ready to appreciate and to savor your own garden of successes. Revel in its diversity. Relax and rejoice in the seeds that have been sown. Embrace the process of planting these seeds with the same satisfaction that you view the fruits ready for harvest. Know that these too will bloom!

Be as proud of your small goals and small successes as you are of the windfalls. Invite joy into your day and into your life.

For you ARE the mighty gardener! You ARE a collage of successes. All around you are signs of growth and becoming. Dig your hands into the dirt. Celebrate your own unique abundance of successes whether they are “finished” successes or successes in motion!

It is Time! Time to welcome in the immensity of your garden and to feel the power of a Life that is constantly growing. For this makes it well worth each minute of YOUR century. How will you celebrate this opportunity to cultivate a mighty life on this planet?

Happiness is a lifestyle

Happiness is a lifestyle. It’s not a location nor is it something that we have to “find”. It has no more to do with the car that cuts you off in traffic than it does than it does with landing the dream job…. Because “the secret” to happiness is that it’s not about them or about “it”–it’s about YOU!

Happiness is about the eyes that you wake up with in the morning…or should I say that happiness is the heart that you choose to adorn each morning. Happiness is your spiritual wardrobe–the “little black dress of Life” that fits perfectly at any occasion, that looks great and that can be accessorized with just about anything. Like any wardrobe item, it is up to you to pull it out of the closet on any given day. It is not a school uniform. No one is going to force you to wear it.

Choosing to adorn oneself with happiness means letting go of some of the “cause and effect” behavior that we have learned over the years. If someone behaves one way, you may choose your reaction based on how this reaction will ultimately serve you.

Choosing to embrace the power of happiness means visiting a new “mental gym” and developing new mental muscles. Choosing happiness means toning up the spiritual flab and pursuing an emotional 6-pack with the same enthusiasm that many pursue a physique that will turn heads.

Being happy is a richness that is much deeper than feeling happy. Feeling happy typically means that your emotions are responding to your environment and that this outer stimulus is making your thoughts (and therefore your emotions) feel good.

BEING happy means that you have learned to recognize and to deliberately allow your mind to harvest from your experience the “mental health food ” that infuses you with more consistent optimism, more power and more appreciation of the value of the upside and “downside” of experience.

Yes, happiness is a vast wealth accessible to all and waiting to be cultivated. Happiness offers itself in the feel of a soft pillow or the smell of clean sheets. Happiness offers itself in the job loss that ended up inspiring the new booming business. Happiness offers itself in the words of a child or the wagging tail of a dog. Happiness offers itself in the spontaneous giggles inspired by a new commercial or by the exquisite peace inspired by Debussy.

Living happiness means soaking in a friend’s laughter…taking time to bathe in the scent of a freshly cut lawn or the first fires of autumn or the smell of freshly baked bread as one zooms past a bakery.

Living happiness means understanding the value of focusing wisely. Living happiness means freeing oneself of the “obligation” to react negatively to something in one’s environment. Living happiness means understanding that “reality” is not synonymous with problems…that we are not required to disempower ourselves by searching and destroying the “wrongs” in every picture.

Living happiness means embracing this essence as a viable reality–rocket fuel for human potential. Joy taps into the energy of pure “flow” and unleashes our potential to unfold into all that we are.

Living happiness is genuine… Not to be confused with “putting on a happy face”. When you tone those “happiness muscles”, your inner laser shifts from scouring the horizon for problems to scouring the horizon for evidence of well being. Both elements are present. Both are real. One empowers. One embitters.

Yes, happiness is a lifestyle. Adopt it with gusto! Savor the leafy green thoughts and keep the head aches at bay. Revel in your blossoming spiritual 6-pack and wear the strength of your inner joy with pride.

You are here to think great thoughts and to stride powerfully ahead into the future of your imagining. Be proud of your ability to choose the reality of optimism. Dance. Run. Muse. Invigorate! And by all means, LIVE! In 4-D, 5-D or even 10-D high def Dolby Life! Take the reins and reclaim the happiness lifestyle of your childhood with the powerful desire of your adulthood.

THIS is Life at its most promising. Your moment is now. Seize it. Love it. And let your happiness define you in all of its glory!

Much love,
Tinkerbell

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The Power of the 1%

Hello dear wonderful friends and hello dear wonderful planet! Today I sit in the marvelous silence of Night and bask in the unbridled power of the 1%. Often we tell ourselves that we must achieve these monumental tasks…we must move mountains…we must amass great fortunes…we must save the world… Life can appear daunting when we look at “all that must yet be done” and/or “all that is wrong or simply missing”….

And yet, the secret is to embrace the power of the 1%…..

Instead of needing to immediately leap from “here” all the way to “there”, what if our daily goal was simply to move further by 1%?  Losing 200 pounds may seem impossible when faced with such enormous numbers—but dropping 2 pounds is achievable. Eradicating a $50,000 debt might seem overwhelming but knocking off $500 can be done.

Feeling and acting like a champion all day every day is probably pushing it for most of us particularly when  there are computers that crash, phones that lose connection, speed traps when you’re late to work or that dear sweet person in line who managed to pick up the one item without a price tag….yes, even trying to behave like that perfectly enlightened soul can sometimes seem more daunting than scaling Mt. Everest.

So, today, as you go out to face the world, I would encourage you to celebrate the 1%. Be the champion that you aspire to be 1% longer today than you were yesterday. Dieting? Try eating 1% healthier today than you did yesterday. Trying to save money? Save 1% more than you did last week, last month or last year …Trying to get yourself out of those summer doldrums? Find 1% more time to pursue a passion…..go to the beach…call an old friend…or just do something “totally weird and silly”….

Yes, 1% today adds up to 365% in one short year, but who’s counting??…! So, THE PRESSURE IS OFF! Anyone can handle 1%….! Time to laugh at those mountains up ahead! Time to let your dreams and imagination aim high! Anything is achievable if you approach it one step at a time. Anyone who aspires to improve by 1% can be “successful”. The journey is so much more than just a “start” and a “destination”, so experience those miles in between….

THIS is your moment! Make it the moment that you embrace the 1% that is NEW! Let go of all fear and let go of all pressure. This is your time to reach out and to be all that you are and all that you wish to be. THIS is that 1% moment when all risks are worth taking. The knowledge is yours… yes, you’ve “got” this… you’re “good”…. everything is working in your favor….that 1% is surely yours….!

And surprise….that 1% is Life’s wonderful rocket fuel, so get ready to soar….we can already hear your rumble…so roar on and make it your 1% day!

Rampage of Random Kindness: Take 2 Minutes to Make An Impact

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“If one man can cause so much pain, imagine how much love we can create together.” Helle Gannestad (Tweet following the Norway Mass Shooting) 

Isn’t it possible that we have more control–and certainly influence–over reality than we may think?

Ok…so we have seen the “worst in Man”…terrifying headlines on a steady basis that would easily convince us that we are predominantly a species of angry, violent, selfish, warped, damaged and dangerous individuals. It’s a mind boggling diet of “if the bogey man doesn’t get you, odds are that either poverty or a deadly disease will…” Phew! No wonder that we sometimes say that something’s missing or that happiness is an elusive secret….

We often define ourselves and our world by what we read and by what we think that we observe, but is that who we REALLY are? Or have we just subtly relinquished our power and bought into a rendition of “reality” that portrays our world as a “broken planet”?

I for one am ready to take my power back. Can I control one other person on this planet? Ha! I think that I disproved that theory decades ago…but I CAN control myself…..but what can one tiny individual among millions of individuals on this whirling planet hope to accomplish? Can I possibly help to inspire change…a new perception where we see not only the pain but the growth, the kindness, and the MIRACLE  of our species…?

As Helle said, if a single person can inspire such pain, what if the rest of us began our own “rampages of random kindness”? How much love and joy could we create?

It may sound corny and cliche, but I am willing to bet that we all COULD make a difference. If we were to start out our Friday by making it a point to spend two minutes in the morning and then two minutes in the afternoon spreading “viral joy”, I can only imagine the impact.

What if we were to compliment the guy who was bagging our groceries or just tell a random stranger to have a great day? What if we were to call a colleague into our office just to tell them what a super job they always do? What if we were to tell the dad who is juggling three kids at the soccer field that’s it’s wonderful to see such a great father?

We may not make the headlines, but we can be someone’s heroes. And I would guess that if we can inspire just a few more smiles from a few more people that it won’t be long before those people are inspiring more smiles from even MORE people.

So before we decide that the world is on a downward spiral, before we buy into the belief that one person can’t make a difference, let’s dust off that childhood enthusiasm and sense of invincibility and create such a rampage that perhaps even the media must take notice. Let’s go out and smile at the “strangers”. Let’s deluge our blogs and our FB walls with stories of our heroes. Let’s remember to thank each other for the “little things”…

…Because I wouldn’t be surprised if once we start looking for all of those nice things, we start truly SEEING all of those great things…..sure, there will probably continue to be those “ugly truths” that attract headlines, but the greater truth will be that we are a species of hope and of promise. We are genius waiting to happen and no amount of stumbles in the road will stop us from sharing the joy of the journey!

So please join me in this rampage of random kindness… share with all some of the random kindness that you may see or kindness that you might have shared (no matter how big or how small)…Have you seen or shared some kindness today? Let the living and thriving of this lovely planet begin with you….! Hugs, Tinkerbell

Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard….

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My inner world is a reflection of the outer world….sometimes it is bright and sunny (“Life’s a Beach” weather)…sometimes it’s partly cloudy….sometimes it’s a light drizzle…and sometimes it’s a full fledged tropical storm ( I suppose that this type of inner weather inspired the “Life’s a B-tch” mantra..!)….

The temptation is to try to achieve as many “beach” days as possible (could this be why I have gravitated to Florida…??), but when it rains, I console myself with the knowledge that our glorious planet would be one dry, nasty little dust bomb if it never rained.

Knowing that I definitely don’t want to wake up as a “dry, nasty little dust bomb”, I reluctantly allow my inner world to try to relax into those “indoor weather” days.

That’s a bit of a long intro, so let it suffice to say that I woke up yesterday knowing that in spite of the appearance of sun outdoors, inside my world was definitely a rainy weather day. In spite of the chipper “Tick Tock” song on my alarm, in spite of the lure of my favorite gym classes, and in spite of the yippity yaps of my three “furever” friends, the idea of burying myself more deeply under the covers and letting the world orbit without me seemed like the most palpable option at that moment. Yes, all analogies aside, this was a day when the stress factor seemed almost overwhelming. I wasn’t even in fight or flight mode. I was in the “why don’t you just hide” mode…

And as I lay there, trying to inch my way to better and better thoughts (which can seem truly IMPOSSIBLE when part of my mind insisted on belting out those “helpful little realities”–cough, sputter, wheeze— along the lines of “how on earth could you have gotten yourself into this….what happened…you should have, could have, would have…and we of course TOLD YOU SO….!), something quite magical happened….

This wee tiny little thought just popped into my head…suddenly…and unambitiously…it was like the person who pops into the party where everyone has decided to wear black, but this quiet little person has decided to wear this brilliantly bright red dress (or jacket) and all of sudden, the room’s world is a brighter place.

“Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard….”

As I poked at this small but mighty thought, I felt that first little ray of sunshine dance into my inner world. A new seed had sprouted and the roots were taking hold. I got out of bed and began my morning with this odd sense of hope and faith in my path–when moments ago, I felt like my road had been blocked by a landslide. As I maneuvered through my chores, my mind began to play with this new guest…this interesting new perspective that proclaimed itself to be a “reality”. Could I embrace this as a “real” belief? Would it pass the taste test? I poked and prodded some more and inched my way gingerly back to the computer.

My fear was that the day would bring more challenges…but if fear was just the wrapping paper for the dream that lay inside, could I coax myself to peel away that wrapping and focus instead on uncovering the gift? I took a breath…a deeeeeeep breath….yes, I could feel that I was already able to find some thoughts that allowed me to definitely begin to feel little tingles of hope…it was still a glimmer, but it was definitely better….

It was not unlike taking myself to the gym, but this time, instead of exercising my body, I was exercising my mind….at first, “lifting” those hopeful thoughts to a point where they felt genuine and natural was a bit hard. I have been immensely helped by the ideas shared by Abraham-Hicks, so I knew to start “general”. I left the “how will I accomplish” and “when will it get here” questions for my “universal trainer” to figure out. I just began gently focusing on the things that WERE going well, the things that I HAVE improved in my world, and what it feels like when it feels really good….!!! How DOES that successful sensation feel? What DO I feel like I really love doing–and therefore do it well? And haven’t so many “successful” individuals had some amazing stories to tell? What would be my story?

Suddenly, I had that little jolt of energy, for no “logical” reason (if you were basing logic on the stresses that I was facing at work). But–guess what? I had SHIFTED my logic…. my logic had suddenly bought into the belief that these reasons for optimism were real…yes…REAL! They FELT real, so I was off and running and ready to energize my day!

Well, here’s where the “cool, weird” part landed… my phone rang…and an official legal document that I feared was in jeopardy (and that supposedly would take up to 3 months to resolve) was approved and ready to go…yes, it had only taken 2 weeks!!! I got two emails from clients saying that their slow payments were being overnighted to me. Presto! My cash flow was instantly better… New clients called…and my world was suddenly an easier place to breathe. The rain had definitely created some new blooms in the process. Ideas were flowing and I was once again seeing signs of the “ener-joy” (energy+ joy….yes, I am a solid believer in creating my own vocabulary!).

I don’t know exactly what my dream to end all dreams is. I find that I have many dreams–and that they change with my own inner ebb and flow. But, I can say this, by lightly gliding through the fear, I did find more focus…a finer tuning…revived hope and vision. I am not a big fan of stress and daunting challenges, but maybe that’s where courage comes in… Perhaps courage is that little voice that bravely proclaims in the midst of those inner demons:

“Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard…”

Courage is the moment when you take that next step forward….

Wishing you all your own moments of bliss and courage…

In-joy,

Tinkerbell

The Road to Happiness: Surely It Doesn’t Include That Brick Wall?

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English: The Great Wall of China, near Beijing in July 2006. This is a section of Mutianyu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello dear wonderful friends and hello dear wonderfully precocious Universe! Today I (gasp!) celebrate something that probably sounds a bit odd and bizarre to be celebrating: yes, those obnoxious and frustrating brick walls that we all seem to occasionally hit….Ok, so maybe I’m not truly rolling in joy as I say this, but please read on…..

Sometimes these little challenges can feel like mere pot holes and other times, they can feel like the Great Wall of China. When that’s the case, it is often hard not to feel like the wind has been knocked out of us. Forget about having any wind left to fill our sails. It is an awful, scary, frustrating and disempowering sort of feeling and we usually wind up feeling like we just want to hide under the covers until some Fairy Godmother can come and magically strike down this evil intruder. Whatever happened to our previously calm Universe? And what on Earth could we have possibly done to have deserved and/or to have created THIS particular monster?

This is the part of the story where the temptation is either to beat up upon ourselves or to try to distract ourselves from the discomfort by looking for the villain elsewhere? We often feel like someone else is seriously flawed (because they really should have behaved differently) or that the world/entire “system” is flawed (because what happened was so obviously unfair) or in the worse case scenario that we ourselves are somehow tragically flawed (i.e. others seem to be able to avoid these sorts of disasters, what’s wrong with me that I have allowed this to happen?). Regardless of who we target (and sometimes it is all of the above), the feeling is anything but good and our outlook on Life at these moments is anything but encouraging.

So yes, I am a Tinkerbell, but why am I celebrating this “brick wall” phenomena? Am I just trying to put an airy fairy costume on Captain Hook? Am I willing to smile when my entire world is falling down around me…? Have I somehow managed to control the “calamities” in my life so that my tales of woe delve no deeper than a bad hair day?

Ah, wouldn’t we all wish!! And if I could figure out how to achieve THAT, I promise you, I would definitely blog about it….!

No, Life definitely dealt me a distinctive wall that seemed to come out of nowhere. And it definitely scared me, worried me, depressed me and left me shivering in my boots….

BUT……!!!!

(…Yes, in the midst of my spiral, my despair actually lead me face to face with a very awe-inspiring and powerful “but”…..)

After I had panicked for a while and imagined all forms of ultimate destruction, I finally took a breath and ALLOWED myself to relax into the new thoughts that I have learned to begin thinking….

What if this “obstacle” (this huge horrible beast) is actually a necessary and important part of “the plan” to get me to “the next level”. What if instead of being evidence that something is “wrong”, it’s really a sign that something is on target…? What if this is not the Universe doing something TO me but doing something FOR ME…. what if it’s a hint to let go of something that no longer leads to the path that I desire….what if it’s a chance to re-examine my desires and to virtually “start fresh”….what if….what if…what if….? (And doesn’t it make sense that those “what if’s” just MIGHT be positive….)

And as I took it further in my mind, it struck me that we ALL encounter these hurdles…even the most “successful” folks encounter challenges in their lives…whether it’s Michael Jordan at one point being told that he can’t play basketball or numerous multi-millionaires pulling themselves up from bankruptcy. So if these “challenges” are so prevalent, it isn’t logical to buy into the belief that these “stumbles” are signs of failure. If those who succeed have also stumbled, then it isn’t accurate to tell ourselves that these stumbles just prove our own failure. In fact, many who now have success attribute their success to the lessons and inspirations that came as a result of those very catastrophes.

So if that’s the case, then maybe these brick walls are not signs of anything going “wrong”. And if things aren’t going wrong, if these challenges are an important part of our progress, doesn’t that mean that perhaps we shouldn’t be viewing these moments with such dread and self-loathing? Couldn’t it mean that rather than chide ourselves for our stupidity or for our slowness or for our inability to foresee (or control) events, that perhaps we should be smiling with the thrill of understanding that we have come upon one of the most high-octane moments of “the race”?

So, YES, today I declare peace with the brick wall…and as I look from this new perspective, I have to wonder if this daunting obstacle is really the wall that it initially appeared to be? Maybe it’s just a new palate on which to create…. maybe it’s THE lesson that will catapult me onward….maybe it’s part of the road forward…or maybe it’s the new lens with which I more clearly see my true self. Today, maybe it’s time that I thank this turn of events for inspiring me to look anew at this journey and to hope and to believe and to trust in this process.

Today, maybe it’s time to truly and openly look for the opportunity within the unknown. Maybe the challenge is simply to let go of the sails and to allow the power of the wind to carry this great vessel forward. There are worlds to discover so rather than curse our supposed misfortunes, let us venture on…strong, mighty and with the courage of the ever great explorer! If the moving currents can shape mountains, imagine what they can do to a mere brick wall….?