running away from normal
Jody Foster said that and she was absolutely right! What is normal anyway? Well, in most cases it means you are average, acting like expected, ordinary and typical. I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound very exciting. And yes, I know that there are many times we must conform to societies "ideas" of what we should be, but if that's all you ever do, how could you ever be creative. And to be creative is why you are here. You are the most incredible creating machine the Universe has ever seen. With just a mere thought, from seemingly out of thin air, you are constantly creating your future. Question is, who is shaping those thoughts? Are you a victim of life and allowing society to shape every thought or are you a victor of life by going against the grain and thinking totally unique thoughts? I thought so.
How to start a fire
Are you feeling broken? It's OK, we all do at times. Take the time to really feel those feelings your having, and then switch your thinking to more positive thoughts because no matter how bad it is for you, know that others have gone through it too. You're never the first to feel what your feeling. Do your best to begin to see the lesson in what your going through and then remember that even a broken branch can start a fire!
Ahh, I can smell your fire smoldering now!
are you still teachable?
We all have things going on in our lives that seem to be going against us, rubbing us the wrong way. Sometimes its much more serious than others, but in any case, it still has something to teach us or it wouldn't be there. For example, take yesterday's snowstorm that raged all last night and into this morning. We thought we had made a good decision to hire people to take care of our driveway and steps to our doors, until we realized they didn't show up and sent us a note that we live too far out of town. Sadly, I had to break the shovels out at the last minute to shovel a path for my wife to leave for work and then spend a couple of hours doing some of the rest (still a couple hours left to go here at the lake house!). Now, this may seem insignificant to some, but that also meant no time for me to continue writing my next book, update web sites, post on social media, research on how to use the latest technology on my YouTube channel etc, etc. However, the snow and the sudden loss of our hired help has taught me patience. Patience and intention. I need to be just a little bit more patient and continue to drive my intention to spend the winter months in Panama. Next year!
Mike Arend is an author, coach, and speaker that specializes in helping others become their greatest versions.