5. Commitment

“Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

I am so blessed to live an extremely full life today.  I love having a couple weekly commitments planned out in broad strokes. Although, from time to time I would rather do anything in the world but my commitments, but I show up and keep my word. A majority of the time I am graced with new perspective, joy and certainly a sense of accomplishment for the simple fact of showing up for life.

I truly believe that my father instilled in me a great work ethic and the importance of making commitments to be a part of other peoples lives.  As I look back on my childhood I know my father had an incredibly busy life; he owned his own business, started other ventures, held civic duties and above all was a very present parent. After a full day of laying bricks he would be exhausted and have paperwork to do but he never missed a chance to be somewhere for myself or my brother.  He coached every sport we played, even the ones he knew nothing about and I was only recently able to recognize how impressive that was to me.

I know in my life today I want to be trusted so I do what I say, and incredibly people can count on me.  I believe the more I practice this, as in most other things, the better I get.  So I will keep putting myself out there and I will keep showing up .

Affirmation: Today I will do what I say and say what I do.

Call to Action: How are you with commitments?  Are you willing to commit to be better at committing? What is one area of your life that this new perspective could benefit you? hmmm?

4. Emotion

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato

Tonight as I was driving home from a great dinner with friends I started listening to a radio show called The Sporting Life and the first story was about Knowshon Moreno, and how he gets extremely emotional prior to each of his football games. He talked about how he reminisces about his turbulent childhood, and how his life has changed and is full of opportunities today.

His life arc went from living in shelters as a child, with his father, to playing in the Super Bowl in a couple Sundays from now. This was an amazing reminder of how powerful emotions can be when they are harnessed and used to motivate us. Our emotions can lead us in extremely positive directions, but they can also take us down dark roads. What emotional memories can I use today to propel me to a new level of existence?

In my life I have learned that some of my most emotionally charged memories can be used as an asset today. Even the things in life that happened, and I labeled them as “negative” at the time have come full circle and they are some of my greatest treasures that I can share with other people.

Affirmation: Thank you Life for each and everyone of my experiences. I harness all that the Universe sends me, and use it for the ultimate good.

Call to Action: Share a vivid memory that you have from your past, and how you have used it to better your life today. We would also love to hear about any story that you are going to use today to motivate you moving forward.

3. Hang Loose

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Hang Loose

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
-Lao-Tzu

Hang loose

I have a friend who has one of the most positive outlooks on life. He is very productive and always seems to cheer up those around him. He has a catch phrase, where he answers questions about how he is, or what he is doing by saying, “Just Hanging loose,” as he throws the universal hand signal for hang loose. We have turned it in to symbol of joy as we give each other hand signals illustrating that we are indeed, “Hanging Loose”.

I am a member of a collaborative art community. Sometimes collaborative art can be challenging. We deal with lots of egos and sometimes we don’t have the ideal atmosphere for spreading our creative wings. Most of the time it is amazing and I would choose no other form of art, work, or collaboration. I had an especially challenging project not to long ago and I was frustrated. Things were not going exactly as I would like and I remembered, “Hang loose”. My day turned right around. I realized my place in the group, and went with it. I think my attitude change immediately affected the rest of the group. The mood among my peers was brighter and happier for the rest of our time together.

Affirmation: When things don’t go as I plan, maybe it’s time to adjust my plan.

Call to Action: Hang loose! Share a time when you were able to go with the flow and it made all the difference in the world.

2. Patience

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

I am very blessed at this point in my life to be a sound board for many men.  My phone rings several times a day and I get the chance to listen to all sorts of issues and situations that are going on in the lives of the people in my community.  I also get the chance in these talks to work through my own difficulties which I find incredibly helpful.  These talks keep me very present to my goal of exponential personal growth.

This week a friend of mine had a situation going on where it seemed that he was just desperate for life to move faster than the universe was allowing.  We talked for a while and all answers that were generated continued to point to the need of a little more patience. In truth many of the problems that arise in these conversations point to the need for more patience.  I believe today that things happen exactly when they are supposed to and often not a minute sooner. All to often the waiting seems unnecessary in the moment, only to prove to be perfect in retrospect.

In the conversation that I had yesterday we came to a paradox concerning the principle of patience that I thought was worth sharing.  I asked my friend, “how do we get better at anything?” eliciting the response “practice.”  So we concluded if we were to get better at the principle of patience we would have to practice patience, which demands patience to do so.  It takes time to get better at anything and patience is no exception.

Affirmation: In this moment I am practicing patience and through this moment I am becoming more patient.

Call to Action: What in your life are you begging the universe to produce on your time?  Are you willing to allow things to move at its own pace?  Share with us where practicing patience allows you to experience more peace… Peace 🙂

1. Rendezvous

“I have a rendezvous with life” – Countee Cullen

Two days ago I was on the verge of canceling a trip to meet up with a bunch of friends because I was under the weather. I started feeling a little better, and decided to still take the trip. I am glad I did. I am on the cusp of having a fun filled weekend with a bunch of friends from many different states and cities.

The last few hours have reminded me how important friends are, and even more than that, spending time with friends is important. The laughs have been incredible, my cold is going away full force and it is not even Saturday yet.

This makes me think about where can I be more present for people that are important to me. I want to be there for others in my life, because I know at the end of the day we only have each other. People that have been there for me in the past, and vice verse, are the greatest people to spend time with.

Affirmation: Today I am there for others, and we rendezvous to spread life and love.

Call to Action: Where in your life have you come together with your friends and it has changed your life? How can you come together with friends and family this weekend to improve the world?