Saturday, April 2, 2011

In case you forgot, You are in Charge!

The highest manifestation of life is this: that a being governs its own actions.  A thing that is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.  Thomas Aquinas
Here is the general thesis of this blog in a nutshell:
We live on the Ground of Infinite Possibilities.

We exercise only a very minute number of these possibilities routinely.

Consequently, we end up feeling stuck, bored, disenchanted, frustrated, doubtful, fearful and resentful.

We seek ways to overcome these negative feelings mostly by relying on things external to. our mind and body.  Things that can only provide momentary relief such as television, consumer goods including food, sex and superficial communication.

Change is movement which  keeps our soul on fire, igniting the flames of its passion.

Passion is the energy that moves you into excitement, joy and expansion.

Playfulness is the manner in which you create joyful, memorable experiences.

Purpose is the choices you make with what you do with your life, determining whether you live it with Passion and Playfulness or some miserable alternatives.

The bottom line is this:  Your life is up to you.  

Now, for some people that can be scary.  So scary that it may cause them to revolt against it.  

‘That’s bullshit!’
‘There are things that are not in your control’.
‘You can’t argue with human nature, genes and history’.

Well, to them I say, ‘That’s your choice.  You are free to believe whatever you wish.  No one is pointing a gun at you demanding that you believe it.  No one but yourself.

For other people, however, that thought can be liberating.  

‘If it’s all up to me, what am I waiting for???’

You, my friends-in-spirit, are adventurers, forever exploring and discovering. You know deeply that you are the artist of your canvas of life and you can stretch it as far as you like.  You create your masterpieces.  You choose your tools.  You seek the inspiration that you desire by moving in circles where others inspire and support you, cheerfully leaving behind all the naysayers.  You follow the path that you dream of.  You live life on your terms.

For those of us who get excited and thrilled by the fact that it’s really all up to us, we take steps in the general direction of our dreams, our desires and our aspirations.  

Sometimes, however, we may find ourselves floundering in our belief and commitment.  There’s nothing *wrong* with that and certainly nothing to be afraid of.  

All the same, we might find ourselves feeling stuck and despondent, as if the fires of passion are fizzling out.  What can we do?

I could give you a long list of things you could do but in this post, I’d like to focus on just one, simple thing that you can do without leaving your seat.  

Think a new thought everyday.

We’ve all heard the saying attributed to Einstein:

 ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

When it seems like the flames of passion are dying, our immediate response is to feel concerned, which is actually a mild form of fear. 

But instead, we could entertain a new thought such as these ones that I have used:

What part of me would l like to express more?

How can I express something differently?

How can I use this feeling to inspire me?

Questions are thoughts that open doors to fresh possibilities.  

Use them often.  Invite yourself to ask new and different questions everyday.

Alternatively, you could entertain a different kind of thought that describes your desired state or condition such as the ones that I’ve entertained:

I am a superlatively wealthy person. 

I write posts that shake people out of complacency and fatalism.

People smile and feel encouraged when they talk to me and they cannot seem to get enough of what I have to say.

I live my life on my terms and I am having the time of my life.


You are in charge of your thoughts.  

You can choose the thoughts you find useful, inspiring and fun.

You are here to enjoy life which is fully available to you.

Now is your moment and space of choice.

What are you waiting for?

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