What My World's Like

bruce lee wisdom.

Oct
18

the cadence of bruce lee’s speech makes it so that i can listen to him talk all day. in addition to that, he’s got gems to share.


“my life it seems like is a life of self-examination and self-peeling of my self, bit by bit, day by day….”

“when i look around, i always learn something and that is to be always yourself, and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself.
do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

“empty your mind. be formless. shapeless. like water. now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
you put it in a tea pot, it becomes the tea pot.
now water can flow, or it can crash. be water, my friend.”

“running water never grows stale, so you’ve got to keep on flowing.”

#notetoself: touch the sky.

Apr
03

This is the fifth #notetoself letter, originally sent on March 5, 2012.

Henry David Thoreau said, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” He lived in the first half of the 19th century and yet those words still contain truth today. It’s sad. Quiet desperation kills the spirit.

Before this trip, I realized how discontent I’d become with my life. My work didn’t matter to me. I wasn’t even sure what I was doing with my “work”. I never knew how answer the “what do you do?” question. I don’t know. Live. That was the response I wanted to give.

I’m a great starter. My starting energy is fresh, empathic and certain. Then, slowly but surely, it’d wane and I’d quit. I’m also a great quitter. My attention usually shifts gears to something else equally engaging.

That’s a pattern I’m really sick of.

A few nights ago, I happened upon an Alicia Keys’ song called “How It Feels to Fly” that’s feeding my soul. With such ambiguous lyrics, I don’t know exactly what she’s talking about in the song, but for me, it makes me think about reaching for my dreams.

“I am riding high, don’t wanna come down.
Hope my wings don’t fail me now.
If I can touch the sky, I’d risk the fall
Just to know it feels to fly.”

How many of our goals are our own? Whose definition of success drives our actions? I can criticize corporate America all I want, but I was a part of the rat race, even if I didn’t have a 9-5. The discontent I feel is the result of not doing things I wanted to do, for whatever reason. There’s so much I want to do, and have wanted to do but have neglected to. This trip is the perfect example of a dream deferred. I’ve always wanted to travel and stay somewhere for a longer period of time. That’s just now happening for me. On the other hand, I appreciate it just the same because I can receive so much of this experience differently than I might have in the past.

Being here has awakened me to my desire to do things I’ve neglected to do, things I let sit in the recesses of my mind and my heart. They were there, alive, but unattended. Living a life with meaning, passion and fulfillment are of incredible importance to me.

Earlier last week, one of the people I’ve been blessed to meet on this trip asked me if I wanted to hike one of the two volcanoes on the island. Of course he wanted to do the larger volcano, Volcan Concepcion, the one we look at everyday. Without hesitation, I said yes. Sure. Why not?

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success.

May
04

Image Source: Amanda Pearl Blog

Great words…

Jan
25

“The true spiritual secret is this: What you seek, you already are.
True success is discovering your inner divinity — it’s the ability to love and have compassion,
trust your intuition, and awaken your unlimited creative nature.”

– Deepak Chopra

dreams + friends = success? well…

Nov
01

It’s important to have aspirations in life. Goals that stretch you to do more, be more, have more provide you with both challenges and opportunities. The challenges make you stronger and smarter and amongst the many opportunities that pop up, most important are the opportunities to manifest your dreams and to discover more about yourself in the process.

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Goodness in the blogosphere…

Sep
10

Monday Motivation: you choose success

Jul
13

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses–
behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road,
long before I dance under those lights.”

– Muhammad Ali

Success and failure begin in our heads. The attitude with which we bring to our days and its activities will greatly determine how each turns out.

I’m beginning the week with a winning attitude and a feeling of accomplishment, long before I even attempt anything.

“Ju can do it!” 🙂

Be good to yourself and make it a great week.

Great words…

May
15

“Sometimes I win and sometimes, I learn. Loosing is for losers. I will not lose!”
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