Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Moving Forward

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever — because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

– Steve Jobs

If I learned anything over the past year in a half it’s that not all that glitters is golden.

It’s that the world is big place and we have lessons that need to be learned.

Some people come into our lives, not to stay forever, but to teach us these lessons.

Maybe we’ll see them again, maybe we won’t.

“A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”

– Paulo Coelho (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

But each experience is built to shape us.

I see people, often, striving to work at the bigger firms, striving to be the bigger person, and dreaming so big they lose sight of the bigger picture.

What is the bigger picture you ask? [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Perspective

“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

Madonna Louise Ciccone

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Madonna did it better than anyone else I’ve ever seen, heard of or known.

From Whose That Girl to Blonde Ambition right along to her Confessions, ‘Her Madgesty’ is the queen of self-reinvention.

I try to live by this saying I made up for myself not too long ago, that when life throws you limes and some salt, turn it into a sparkling margarita.

Or, rather I’m a firm believer in muddling those limes and making a caipirinha.

Understandable, that that phrase is easier said than done, but it’s the key to self-reinvention.

Call it, “perspective,” so to speak.

A hard pill to swallow, but good for you, once it’s slinking down your throat, as perspective can heal the mental wrinkles of the brain, soothing away the crazy, but not necessarily numbing the pain.

It’s better than that, it will help you leap over the hurdles in your life. [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Change the World, Adeu, Barcelona!

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“Empty your mind of negativity and the universe will fill it with love, wisdom, and bliss.”

~ Ashley Bryce

I just don’t believe that things can just end.

Just like that.

I just don’t and can’t believe that things happen to people the point where they streamline into one inherent direction that is one way or another with no mixed mediums.

The world doesn’t work like that.

Call it serendipity, [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: In Vino Veritas

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“In vino veritas.” – Pliny the Elder

There is this saying in Latin, “In vino veritas,” that roughly translated, it means “in wine there is the truth.”

In essence it means, that after drinking, a persons’ tongue is loosened enough to say what they really think, what they really feel and incidentally, the truth.

Paulo Coelho has this saying where he proclaims that,

“truth resides where there is faith.”

It’s this concept of [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Mother Teresa said, “Do It Anyway”

Reportedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for the children in Calcutta, India – it’s a phrase widely attributed to her.

Some people have said it was written on the wall of her room, not just in the building where she selflessly gave care to others.

Either way, it is associated with her and the Missionaries of Charity around the globe – expressing not only what they do, but the spirit in which they live their lives. [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Did You Thank GOD Today? (Que Sera, Sera)

“In life, God grants you opportunities, you either embrace them or you don’t.

It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s what you do that defines you.”

– My daddy

“Did you thank God today that you’re pretty?” said my friend Michelle.

I beg your pardon, what?

“You heard me,” she said. “Did you thank God today that you’re pretty?”

Umm, no.

“Listen, I may not be [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: The Gratitude List

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

They say “count your blessings” and it sounds so simple, to the point it pretty much sounds stupid and almost superficial.

The thing is, as I’ve learned, when things get tough — think about the good things. There might [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear III: The Flowers of Adversity

There is this funny thing about life that happens — it gets in the way of itself.

There is no rhyme, no reason, no logic and no sense of sense.

Blaise Pascal, the famous French mathematician said,

“Le cÅ“ur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point.”

In other words,

“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.”

In 1989, Bruce Hornsby wrote “The End of the Innocence” where he said,

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“Remember when the days were long and rolled beneath a deep blue sky,
Didn’t have a care in the world with mommy and daddy standing by,
When “happily ever after” fails and we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales…”

… and dreams of Disney, The Grimm Brothers fairy tales and Barbie dolls came to mind, slightly behind the cursing of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell shortly thereafter.

It’s an interesting dynamic how the world works: the fine line between what we are taught to believe, forced upon us by society, and what truly exists.

In work, in relationships, with friends, lovers and foes – it’s that loathsome, self-depreciating torturous loophole in the human psyche where we contribute to the deterioration of our own control.

In 1949, Walt Disney said [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear II: Happiness, Heart and the Soul

“We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or can ever be.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes we make things harder than they are, a life thrust forward into the twisted changing of the wind, under an immaculate sun, as I have come to call it.

In life, a lesson should be learned for each action we react to. Small or large, lessons learned teach us and facilitate in our growth. Without growth we cannot progress, we cannot move onward — most of all, we cannot achieve the completion of a fulfilled self.

Call it a rite of passage, the lessons of life, part of the eternal rising of the sun — call it what you wish, but embrace it because [Read more…]

Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear…

On December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine said,

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls.”

It was the heart of the American Revolutionary War and, as Bob Dylan might have said, these times, they were a-changin’.

Life [Read more…]