Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” Cogito ergo sum. Yet, in many ways, it’s more like I am, therefore I think. On today’s episode, we explore the truths in Michele Cushatt’s new book “I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is”.
Candy, candy, candy, candy, candy! was what Garfield said in Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. “No room for breakfast. I must save room for all that candy.”
And yet, would you really want a diet that consisted entirely of candy?
A powerful story will help you take action when the going gets tough. Think of Frodo and Sam struggling to reach the fire of Mount Doom and throw the ring in. Or Esther gathering up the courage to ask King Xerxes to save her people. The Hero’s Journey isn’t just the stuff of fantasy or history. It’s your life too. In this episode we talk about the three R’s of your story. Yes, there IS an R in hero.
The other day at my Alexander Lesson, my teacher was helping me to move my balance point from forward and scrunched down to up and over my spine. Because I so often have my head reaching toward my computer, it puts a lot of my weight forward too. Then other parts of my body have to move backward to compensate so I don’t fall over.
It’s rather comical to think about the fact that here I am a grown woman relearning how to stand, sit, and move.
If there’s one thing that grows well in New England, it’s potholes. The temperature fluctuates widely during the winter. The road gets wet from snow, sleet, or rain. It freezes and thaws. And the moisture combined with the freezing and thawing creates a frost heave.
Which then turns into a pothole.
A few weeks ago I traveled to Charlotte on business. As I usually do, I struck up a conversation with the cab driver who took me from the airport to the office. He was from Ethiopia. We talked about the snow storm that had hit there 2 days before. 6-7 inches of the white stuff in a city that isn’t quite prepared for that.
“It was fun!” he said. “An adventure.”
The first key to accomplish your goals? Alignment. With who you really are. What emotional needs drive you. And align your emotional state to set yourself up for success. Hear my story of insomnia, why lack of alignment was keeping me awake, what I did about it, and how you can apply these principles to your own goals.
On December first I was headed to my Alexander lesson. Only a few minutes away from Elizabeth’s house, I stopped at a 4-way stop sign. Before I stopped, someone from my left turned left onto my street. I looked again just before stopping. The person on my left was going left, and went. The person on my right was nowhere near the stop sign. And the person straight ahead was going straight. It was my turn to go, so I went.
And then I heard a crash.
Have you ever been frustrated by trying to accomplish a goal? You’ve tried “everything”, and never reach it? Do you think, “If only I had a better plan, a better strategy? Or do you think you got short-changed in the discipline department? Well, take heart. In this episode I talk about why most goal-achieving programs don’t work, and the 3 keys to goal success.
Have you ever seen those paintings of the nativity scene with Jesus sleeping peacefully in the manger? And the animals looking lovingly on? And there’s just enough light shining from the star of Bethlehem to frame their faces in a halo of light.
It’s bucolic. Peaceful. As the songwriter puts it, heavenly peace. Everyone is glowing. Filled with joy. And yes, peace.