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Live Your Dreams

Live Your Dreams

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau

If one wishes to live the life of their dreams, they must first put themselves on a path which leads to where they want to end up. They may not know where the path may twist and turn, but it is necessary to take the first step none-the-less.
This can be scary at first, and many would prefer to play it safe rather than risk everything they know. But if you behave the way you always have, how can you expect life to ever change? If life is less than satisfactory, what have you got to lose?
This is a common human ailment, and the proverbial saying, “Better the devil you know” hints at this. Most people would rather keep the devil they know, rather than risk a new devil. But this also hinders finding an angel, rather than a devil.
It does take confidence to pursue this path, but the rewards are well worth the risk. Unfortunately for some, many people find this out only when their life has become so intolerable, that they are willing to risk everything they know. Only then is the risk of the unknown a better option than remaining stagnant.
At this point, they have nothing left to lose, which can be quite liberating. Not everyone need come to this point though, and hopefully if you’re reading this you take a step towards actualizing your dreams today.
When you really start trying to live the life you desire, life has a funny way of opening doors you never thought would open up to you. This actually begins to reinforce the process, because it builds your confidence. As you see these synchronicities occurring, you are willing to risk more each time.
Many people believe that if something is meant to happen, that fate will take them there regardless of their choices or actions. But fate is more analogous to a map that can help guide and direct you. If you never take the first step on the path, however, the map is essential useless.
That is the difference between those who are living the life of their dreams, and those who are still only dreaming about it. Ambition is nothing without action.
When one realizes this, their life really does start to resemble a fantasy. You show up at exactly the right place at the right time. Life flows easily, and what seem to be coincidences continually show up in your life.
Then seemingly mundane moments become joyful. You experience success unexpectedly in the most regular of times.
This is no accident, and, unfortunately, no one can be told this and truly believe it. All I can do is point at something for you that is an understanding more complex than words can express.
One must experience it for themselves–often many, many times–before they can accept the truth. Reading about it is only a start, the next step is to start living it for yourself.

 

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Love Your Job

Love Your Job

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Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
-Confucius (551 BCE — 479 BCE)

How many people do you know who endlessly complain about their job? Even if they aren’t verbally expressing their dislike, it is likely they are repressing their opinion so as to seem more positive or amiable.
There are people who make work look effortless, however, and I imagine you know a few of these people. Teachers and artists are often examples, but it can be anyone. I’ve met janitors that genuinely enjoy their work.
Now, imagine for a moment that you never had to work another day in your life. Perhaps you are already so fortunate as to be in this position, and you’ve found your calling. For the rest of us, let’s consider what it would be like to wake up each morning enthusiastic about what we have planned for the day. How does that feel?

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Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

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“Some people measure the worth of good actions only by their natural qualities or their difficulty, given the preference to what is conspicuous or brilliant… The dignity and difficulty of a good action certainly affects what is technically called its accidental worth, but all its essential worth comes from love alone.”
–Jean-Pierre Camus

People often believe that unless their actions are noticed by others, it doesn’t seem to count for as much. Much of the best work is the world, however, goes largely unnoticed by the majority of people.
This begins at a very young age, when we are trying to get the adoration of our parents and teachers. We learn to base the worth of our actions on the response of others.

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Discover Inner Peace

Discover Inner Peace

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“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970)

No amount of fame and fortune will satisfy you if you aren’t doing what you really want to. The trick is to discover this for yourself, because no one else can tell you. People may be able to point in the right direction, but they are few and far between. Most of the time, they will try to guide you to what they think is best.

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How to Be a Greater Person

How to Be a Greater Person

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Patanjali

There is a natural harmony to the Universe, and life does make sense. The things that we are the most passionate about, are the things that we are the best at. This is no accident, as life is meant to be enjoyable for all. When we feel excited about some project or task, it is a clue that we are meant to accomplish it.

Naturally, we still have free will in the matter. There is always the choice to pursue our dreams, or to ignore our calling. The decision seems fairly obvious when stated like this, and yet the vast majority of us refuse to listen to inspiration.

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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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For someone like myself who tries to uplift others and discusses spiritual matters regularly, I’ve felt like a complete charlatan lately.

Today started out as one of the worst days of my life. In fact, the past couple weeks have been terrible, but it really kicked into high gear a few days ago.

Today is Monday, the day after Daylight Savings Time (DST) decided to “spring forward,” so I lost an hour of sleep. Don’t get me started on how ridiculous it is that we still enact this archaic practice of moving the clocks back-and-forth an hour every 6 months. This blog is not about that.

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