We've been exploring how to live Life 2.x – how to iterate your way through life. Today’s episode is related but different. It’s unplugged. Raw. Why? Leighton Phraner, my voice teacher for 35 years, recently died. That got me thinking about how we measure our success – the true measure of a life well lived. This episode is dedicated to him.
One year Jerry and I decided to grow pumpkins. I really don’t know what possessed us to try it. We’d been relatively successful at growing vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, or radishes. And now we thought we were ready for more. So, pumpkins it was.
We put in some starter plants. They took right away. The vines grew longer and longer, and then there was fruit. Until there wasn’t.
Today we’re continuing our Life 2.x series in how to iterate your way to a second life. Where do we start? With joy. On today’s episode, we’ll discover how to practice joy, especially when it doesn’t come naturally.
I woke up in a hotel room in Anaheim, CA. Coughing, sneezing, eyes burning. Sick. At the Podcast Movement conference, I so wanted to be fully present. Meet people. Engage in lively conversation. Learn everything there was to learn. Instead, I was fighting to stay awake. Feeling as though my head was floating – like it wasn’t part of my body. Or it might explode.
There was something else too this morning when I woke up. I saw what looked like puffs of smoke floating around in my left eye. Like the smoke that wafts from a campfire as it dances on the breeze. And I couldn’t see very well.
Did you know that you’re promised joy? Psalm 30 says, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Yet sometimes we just don’t feel it. It seems elusive.
And sometimes we have to choose joy before it will find us. It feels so far away. Sometimes joy is optional.
If you want to create a new life, or even a small reboot, where do you start? With a vision? A plan? Not exactly. You start by living the life you already have with joy. True joy comes not from our circumstances, but from inside. On this episode we’ll discuss three important reasons to start with joy.
The other day I stopped on my walk to visit two horses who live at the end of my street. One came over almost right away to say hi. He’s gotten used to seeing me on my evening walks in the neighborhood. I often feed him some grass when I stop by, which is probably the real reason he comes so quickly when I stop by.
But this time he didn’t take the grass.
Have you wondered what your purpose is? Maybe even tried to find it? And nothing seems like “it”? Me too. On today’s episode we’re talking about how to be okay with not knowing, and what to do while we’re searching.
I’m supposed to be in Philadelphia at a conference today. I was supposed to be there on Sunday and Monday too. But I’m not. I’m at home.
And I’m right where I should be.
Our plans don’t always go according to…well…plan. Speed bumps, detours, and roadblocks can get in our way. On this episode we’ll explore how to recognize them for what they are, and work with these disruptions to make our plans actually happen