The Libraries

That place in your chest that holds countless experiences, failures, successes, triumphs, and journeys…that place is a library. These are pages worth revisiting as long as the memory provides momentum, not drag, into your music.

The group that knows you. The group that is is for you. The cast of characters constantly pushing you towards a better story…they are a library and a source to keep you centered in your story.

There’s a forest leaned up against a mountain with a stream gently running through it. Walking through the trees you walk through a library. Standing atop the mountain you have library beneath you. And in the river is a library where answers are flowing over billions of questions sunk as rocks on the bottom. You can skip a rock or pause to see your reflection. What will you choose? Joy or joy?

The old-school library is a real place too, still. Billions of pages, asleep on the shelves, waiting to be thumbed through. With all of the wisdom in the world recorded and printed thus far, it’s hard to believe such a place is rarely frequented by most. Whimsical bravery is what sends one to walk into such a place. What happens if you find out what you didn’t know?

And then there’s Google. The library and, conveniently, the librarian in your pocket. One click and the unconnected is connected.

Alas, What’s To Be Written > What Has Been Written. That’s what you should do when you leave your libraries.

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Getting to 100

…is when something special happens.

100 calls and you’ll overcome the fear of rejection.

100 ‘hello’s’ later, you’ll forget the thought of ever avoiding self introductions.

100 workouts and the burn is welcomed (I recall from memory, not current experience).

100 speeches from now the stage turns comfy.

1 is good.

99 more and they will call you ‘Lucky’.

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Great News

The good outweighs the bad and the beautiful shines brighter than the ugly.

Look for it.

It’s there to hold, share, like, and listen to.

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In Search of Song

Frank Sinatra once said, “Having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation….whatever else has been said about me is unimportant. When I sing, I believe.”

What makes you and your heart sing?

Whatever your answer, may the metaphor be with you and you with the metaphor.

We need more believers.

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5 Ways To Keep Calm (So You Can Focus)

For most of us, the lion isn’t chasing us in the jungle anymore. So why all the stress and all of the books and discussion of how to tame it?

It appears that in world over-served with the noise of “must-have” toys, experiences, and trinkets, we can’t seem to focus long enough to truly understand what we want out of our lives, relationships, and businesses. In other words, the buffet of choice, with everything item screaming for us to ‘like it’, is stressing us out.

I’ve learned that the calm ones are the focused ones…and the focused ones get what they want (and what we truly want too). They get a life that means something and one that is lived with purpose. They work hard, sleep well, and have a peace that paves the way for focus.

Here’s 5 Ways to Keep Calm…so you can focus and tend to your gardens of life.

1) Gratitude Awareness: This isn’t about things. This is about health, well-being, and opportunity to see, take in, partake, and experience your role in the story unfolding.

2) More and More of Less and Less: In the end, you can hardly recall a test you failed, a breakup, or something else disturbing that happens to you just 90 days down the road. Fewer things of importance leads to fewer things to stress about. Realize what makes you tick and stay near such things. This goes for all things in life.

3) Sleep: Studies are showing the #1 place we can all use a tune up is in the sleep department. DVR Fallon if it’s that important to you.

4) Avoid Thoughts of your “Future Self”: Plan, invest, and sow wisely, but don’t let tomorrow cause you to miss out on the beauty to behold today.

5) Reflect: You won’t believe what the mirror wants to tell you if you’re willing to look and listen to it for a while. Click here and check out Headspace.

Final thought…try to make focus a noun, not a verb in the days ahead. You’d rather have it than do it.

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