The lights are bright
A throng excitedly lines both sides
A cheery TV persona sparkles her introductions And down the red carpet comes….
You’ve probably seen lots of red carpet events on TV over the years. This celebrity or that personality walks along in a $10,000 gown or suit, waving to the crowd or being interviewed for the cameras. But it is likely that you were not the one in the red carpet.
But why not? You began life as a blob of protoplasm. You learned to sit, then crawl, then walk and run. No mean feats. And then, wonders of wonders, you learned about 50,000 words of a totally new language and the ability to string them meaningfully together not only for speaking, but learned how to actually write the language. You earned high school, undergraduate and even graduate degrees. You successfully passed interviews for new jobs. You’ve learned a hundred skills and insight areas for your professional success (and that’s just so far). You’ve probably learned tons about being in relationship with others. And on and on and on.
No mistake about it. You are a multi-dimensional wonder. You are a huge success with so many more life successes to come.
So own that, not from ego but from honest recognition of your gifts and goodnesses. Roll out (at least mentally/emotionally) your very own red carpet. And as you move through time and space, notice how you continue to expand. Periodically take note of how remarkable you really are. Roll out your red carpet time and again. Celebrate your life!
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As I sit on another wonderful plane ready to fly to a next interesting business destination, the words we travelers love to hear just came over the speakers: "We are cleared for takeoff."
And my thoughts turned to what keeps us humans grounded in life. While some people say that external forces are what hold them back, many of us know that the truth is more personal. While the physical world rolls on around us, we are still in charge of what we do and don’t do; reactive and proactive.
So what are the key ingredients in how we navigate a seemingly random and somewhat chaotic world? Happily, neuroscience, psychology and spiritual wisdom all agree that our internal navigational systems of thoughts, feelings, desires, visions, attitudes…are all ultimately within our control and at our disposal.
So who’s in charge of your happiness? Who can change your thoughts and feelings to fuel more positive actions and produce more positive results in your life? You got it. You are your own air traffic controller to ground or clear for takeoff as you see fit. Happy flying!
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The pool is at a hotel in Miami Beach. The man tends the guests via his small poolside bar and grill. Day after day after day, that is his world.
I leave my brief time here for long cross country flights to San Francisco. My work life has taken me to 15 countries this year.
Both worlds are fine. If one enjoys them.
We humans complain about monotonous poolside jobs and complain about business travel. To complain is a shame. We are the one stuck with complaining energy.
If you choose a poolside job, cubicle or office, road warrior or… choose to enjoy what you choose. Life truly is what you make of it.
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