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On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

There is a word that

– keeps you down,

– deepens your fears,

– squelches your dreams and

– hands you off to addictions and distractions—television, video games, shopping, wine, porn—ensuring you waste your life.

The word is this:

H O W

As in:

Do that? I don’t see how.

I can’t see how to get out of this rut.

Be free—creative—caring about others? How? I’ve got too many bills to pay.

A dream that big is just a fantasy. It would take lots of people and many more dollars to implement. How would I come up with that?

I’m just a high school drop out with a messed up family. How can I do anything to help someone else?

I have an idea, a cause I’d like to take up, but I don’t know what to do…don’t know how.

On and on. Soon—or at least by middle age—we forget how to dream.

We stop caring. How has defeated us…made fossils out of our heart, faith and imagination.

How kills. Don’t ask how…ask

W H A T

 What dream can I seize with God’s help?

Then ask God to show you the first small step.

Take it!

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It is morning. A new day, a fresh start. But the thoughts swirling in my mind are grey:

I’m stuck.

My new ideas are all used up.

I’m a failure.

How does he/she do it? How does he keep coming up with great stuff?

Life sucks.

 I’ve fallen into a black hole of:

I must take control of myself and my life.

If I work hard I will become important.

The answer, the “secret,” is out there if I just keep looking for it.

I get what I deserve. The outcome is up to me.

Untruths. All.

 The truth is:

There is a Source from which all good comes;

That Source is God—not me.

God created me to create…

And wishes to push His wild—loving—genius out to others through me.

I just need to do one thing: Get ME–my ego, fears, pride, control, angst—out of the way.

When I stop focusing on mySELF;

let go of the outcome; and

relax into God and His love…

…immediately fresh inspiration—creativity—energy—seeps out of me. It’s as natural as breathing.

Ah.

I am back in the flow.

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What about you—what hinders flow?

What restores it?

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Photo credit: Shakespearesmonkey (creative commons)

The news isn’t good:

One in four Americans are obese (some stats say one in three).

One in ten US adults are suffering from depression.

9% are diabetic and our overall standard of health is on the decline.

We are in a health crisis.

Yet we have access to more information on physical fitness and preventative health care than ever. The “go green” movement, including buying organic or growing our own food, is burgeoning. Health clubs abound. Thanks to technology, we can take our blood pressure daily at home.

Why is our collective health failing?

To the public discourse on health I’d like to add a suggestion in the form of a question:

Have we checked our callings?

My take is that if we do not live our true life—follow our dreams and give the Gift we’ve been given—we find fewer and fewer reasons to take care of our health. If we’re not living our life, we’re living a fake one. An imitation of others’ lives.

Why maintain a false life?

We must do the heart-work necessary to be in touch with our Gift and make the hard choices necessary to give it.

 In his powerful little book, The War of Art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles, best-selling author David Pressfield recounts his own struggle to live out his calling. He labels the force that conspires against us Resistance:

How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? Resistance defeats us. If tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. Prisons would stand empty. The alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse…pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and the medical profession…Domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage, and dandruff.

 What can we do to combat Resistance and get on track with giving our Gift?

1.  Stop. Begin to unhinge from activities and pursuits that are false to the real you.

2.  Listen to your deep heart and clarify the Gift you are here to give.

3.  Take a step in that direction and keep going. Don’t stop—ever.

Your health may depend on it.

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photo credit: ReSurge International (creative commons)

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Grandma's book

My mother’s paperback fiction book is for sale on Amazon.com. Consider this: she was 85-years-old when she published it, this was her first book, and she doesn’t use the Internet!

We live in a very special world. Susan Boyle, an unknown Scottish singer in her 50’s can enter a talent show, be viewed 20 million times on youtube.com, and go on to be a vocal sensation. My mom, a retired grandma, can author her first book and make it available to everyone in the world. It’s “power to the people” now.  Anything can happen and often does.

I know mom faced discouragement while writing. There were months when the book didn’t make much headway. Recalling some of my own self-limiting thoughts, I made a list of excuses I use and perhaps she used too:

1.  I’m too old.

2.  I’m not an expert.

3.  No one will want this.

4.  These days you have to be famous to get published or recorded or find an audience of any sort.

5.  Other people are already doing this and doing it better than me.

6.  No one else is doing this.  There must be a reason.

7.  I’m too busy.  I keep getting distracted and won’t finish–ever.

8.  I don’t have the money.

9.  I don’t have any help or the right connections.

10. I keep changing my mind about it.

11. This is just a pipe dream…a fantasy.

12. They (family, friends) will think I’m full of myself.

13. What if it flops and I’ve wasted my time?

14. I need to spend my time on more important things like surviving, making money.

What kept mom going?

What keeps any of us going?

It is our desire to give something of ourselves to help someone somewhere. This is a universal desire and we must keep it alive.

What about you–what thwarts your dreams?

What keeps them alive?

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